Hey, I was wondering if any of you knew if the Belkin Tunecast 2 FM Transmitter will work on other mp3 players as well as on IPODs because my brother has just a normal mp3 player (not an IPOD) and I told him about the Belkin Transmitter but he's not sure whether to get it or not?

Posted by mk230 on January 15, 2005 at 1:28 AM (PDT) Comment 61

i used to use and iTrip with my 1G iPod. it was a pain in the ### to have to scroll to the iTrip playlist, then scroll to a radio station.

that said, i love the TuneCast II.

first of all, it doesn's suck up my 4G iPod's power (like the iTrip did). i like that it requires its own batteries.

secondly, it's really easy to toggle thru the TuneCast to choose a station.

and finally, unlike my iTrip, the TuneCast actually WORKS.

i live in Edison, NJ and just took a driving trip up to Massachusetts and had no problems locking into unused stations. there were even times where the TuneCast actually over-rode a station that had a very faint signal. the iTrip would've crumbled in a similar scenario.

on top of it all, it also helps that i bought a previously opened one from my local apple store for $19!

i guess i'm in the minority over here, but i have to say THUMBS UP to the TuneCast II!

Posted by halfalien on January 19, 2005 at 12:18 PM (PDT) Comment 62

save your money get the iTrip
I orginally got the tunecast as a gift but later returned it after a weekend car trip because the tunecast:
1. flopped around, dangling from the ipod
2. used batteries that ran out quickly
3. didnt have very good transmission (even when i was in my house listening to a clear station), you could only take the ipod about 5 feet away from the antenna of the stereo
4. I had trouble getting the transmitter to come on and begin transmitting. (The auto-on feature worked rarely)

I got the iTrip and have been very happy with it. Though, it must be noted that the tunecast can tune to .1mhz whereas the iTrip tunes to every .2mhz. But the iTrip has a much better range and fits securely on top of the ipod while requiring no outside power source.

Posted by gravity on January 21, 2005 at 2:29 PM (PDT) Comment 63

I purchased the Belkin Auto Kit and the TuneCast II Transmitter to use in my 2000 Ford Focus and I am pleased with how well they work together. I plug the Auto Kit into the cigarette lighter and then the TuneCast II's cable directly into the Auto Kit's 3.5mm phono connector. I have placed a strip of velcro tape on the back of the transmitter and mounted it to an open space on the dashboard near the cigarette lighter. I use a Contour Showcase for my iPod and the slot on the bottom accomidates the connector of the Auto Kit perfectly. I just plug the connector to the bottom of my iPod, hit the preset button that I have set the free radio station, press play on my iPod and I'm ready to roll. I am satisfied with the sound, though its not as crisp as a CD, of course, it suits me just fine for my 30 minute trip to and from work each day. The only disapointment is that there is no way for me to use the power cord for the transmitter with the way I have it set up. It's not a huge problem but I will have to be sure to keep a supply of batteries handy. I would have liked it if the Auto kit connection powered the TuneCast as well. Otherwise I am satisfied.

Posted by Drebe73 on January 29, 2005 at 6:55 PM (PDT) Comment 64

This board is nuts! There are two distinct it or hate it. I'm still on the fence...C-Crane seems like the dizzle for power but Belkin seems like the best for the form-factor (size). Will continue to look and listen....

Posted by bornyesterday on February 11, 2005 at 9:15 AM (PDT) Comment 65

buy the belkin, rig up a extender arieal cable to it so it can overpower or get at least 1 meter away from the radio unit.

Posted by whatsup_Will on February 17, 2005 at 11:31 PM (PDT) Comment 66

Returned my Belkin after a month or two because it started transmitting to only one side of the car- this was a transmitter prob, not car or iPod...

Got the iTrip and absolutely adore it!

Posted by VermontJM on February 21, 2005 at 11:31 PM (PDT) Comment 67

Okay. No one has talked about the problem that both my wife and I had with the unit. Worked just dandy for a few month (we live in Kansas City), but the next thing we know the cigarette lighter in our cars were completely fried. No power at all. My only conclusion is that it was the tunecast II that caused this. Haven't tried to take it back because it did work, but now I can't use it in my car. Batteries aren't enough power to do a decent broadcast/signal.

Posted by ndurantz on April 6, 2005 at 1:04 PM (PDT) Comment 68

work perfectly but wow it drains 2xAAA rocketly fast!

and the 200mA 12V plug doesnt work to get juice from cig

im so disapointed :(

Posted by finalcut on May 30, 2005 at 6:33 PM (PDT) Comment 69

I own a 4th Gen 40 gig iPod. I own a factory stocked Mazda Protégé 2002 which can't be fitted with a hardware iPod solution. I live in North Austin, TX and drive back and forth to the south side of Austin. I also frequently drive through Dallas, San Antonio, and Oklahoma all the time. I am a sound engineer with a good ear but I realize that FM transmission quality is bad so I already accepted this before deciding to purchase an FM Transmitter for my iPod. I own a nice audio setup at home and don't need an FM transmitter for my home audio plus I have the Lansing portable speaker set. I've owned and tried all of the following transmitters and hopefully my experiences will help someone make an informed purchasing decision. I owned the following FM Transmitters in the order of purchase:

1. Belkin Tune Cast -

The Good: Sound quality was good for FM. Cheaper
The Bad: The transmitter needed batteries. Power adaptor was really long and I couldn't place a cup in my cup holder because the Mazda Protégé's lighter is in front of the cup holder. You could only plug in one item for charging either your iPod or your FM transmitter. There is no power on for the FM transmitter.
The Ugly: I drive stick, no place to put my cup with my iPod holder and power adaptor taking up both cup slots. I often drive 6 hour trips so buying batteries all the time was getting expensive and with the frequency with which I change songs on my iPod the iPod's battery depleted quickly. I decided I needed the new Tune Cast II because it powered the FM Transmitter as well as the iPod

2. Belkin Tune Cast II -

The Good: None
The Bad: Same as above. The power adaptor didn't get smaller, doh! But the worst thing was the physical design. The cable for the tuner was perpendicular to the actually Tune Cast's oval unit. You have a cable to plug into the top of the iPod and a cable to plug-in the bottom. Not exactly convenient to handle. Since there is no power on for the FM transmitter you had to pray that it would come on when you started your iPod. Mine never did so you were left listening to the static a high volume. The wrestling with the Transmitter cable and hoping the thing powered on was too much stress while driving. There must have been a short or something, it was so bad that when I turned my iPod on it must have only worked 20% of the time. My girlfriend hated it. The FM memory presets never seemed to work everytime.
The Ugly: My girlfriend almost left me and I almost got in too many vehicle accidents fighting with the cable to work. Avoid at all costs!!!!

3. Airplay

The Good: Powered via iPod, great form factor, small and light.
The Bad: Bad sound quality or static quality. I even tried holding it next to my antennae. No dice.
The Ugly: The most frustrating part was that in theory this device rocks, but in actuality the sound just didn't even have a faint signal to the noise ratio.

4. iTrip

The Good: Small form factor, powered by iPod. You can download an FM frequency guide on their website for all cities in the US or Europe. Cheap cost
The Bad: Must Install audio files on iPod first via iTunes. Static - bad sound quality
The Ugly: By this point you can imagine I was just upset.

5. Monster iCarPlay FM Transmitter - My last purchase until I buy a new vehicle.

The Good: Love the color black and gray interior matches my car perfect, Power adaptor is small and recessed so I can use my cup holder and have it plugged in at the same time. One cable connects to the bottom of the iPod. Best FM sound quality so far of all I purchased. Longer cable so iPod can easily move around in the vehicle. Sturdy cables, not flimsy like the Belkin cable.
The Bad: pricey $80
The Ugly: So far so good, little pricey but after the hell I went through this thing actually works and that pleases me.

Posted by muco007 on June 7, 2005 at 1:35 PM (PDT) Comment 70

I'd like to point out that the clarity of the signal you get from this device can depend on the model of car you're attempting to use it in. The unit worked perfectly on almost every frequency in my Dodge Caravan, in which the radio antenna is located in the front of the car, and I placed the iPod in my TuneDock (also a Belkin product) right in front of the stereo.

However, in my Volvo 850, which has a radio antenna in the far rear of the car, the reception is spotty and often staticy, and I haven't totally found a solution yet.

the closer the transmitter is to your tuner, the better the clarity will be. I found the clarity to be very close to digital FM quality in my Dodge, I just wish it was better in my Volvo. Still trying to fix that one.

Posted by FeelTheFire on June 19, 2005 at 5:48 PM (PDT) Comment 71

Worst product ever!! I just got one off ebay for 20 bucks and it sucks. I tried listening to my iPod off it and couldn't move it a foot away from my radio without static comming through. Then I gotta crank up the volume on my iPod and radio to hear the song, and when I pick up my iPod to switch the song a huge blast of static comes through( trust me its really loud when you have your iPod and radio cranked all the way up) the 30ft thing, what a joke. The farthest I could get my Tunecast II was less than 2 ft, and thats when I had to use my arm as a human antenna. I might've got a defective product but I dont think i'm gonna buy from Belkin for some time now.

Posted by delta193001 on July 30, 2005 at 2:40 AM (PDT) Comment 72

I have used the iRock, the Monster iCarPlay and the Tune Cast II. The Tune Cast II is far and away the best, at least in my Sebring Conv. I keep it in my center console. It overpowers even local medium-power FM stations, where the iCarPlay seems to have much less power to the point where it can't completely overpower even a weak far-away signal. And it's the only one of the three that sounds almost a loud as a regular FM station, which means it has more available signal-to-noise.

I use it together with the Belkin iPod car charger that has an audio output from the iPod dock connector down at the charger end, with a volume control. This is the product I've found that provides an audio signal from the dock connector with a volume control option, which I desperately need because my MP3's are volume-normalized at a fairly low volume.

So I use a DC splitter to run both the iPod and the Tune Cast II off the car power. It's a mess of stuff, but I keep it in the bottom of the console and it works great. I only need to plug the iPod into one thing - the dock connector.

Posted by 01lxi_in_tx on August 20, 2005 at 8:01 PM (PDT) Comment 73

DO NOT BUY!! Anyone who is even remotely concerned with sound quality should not but Belkin Tunecast II. I bought one (for an outrageous $50) and it sounded so terrible that I took it back, only to find that the second one was just as bad. It doesn't matter how empty the station you are trying to transmit on is, the sound is still awful. After wasting my time and money on this money, I bought a RoadTrip transmitter that not only has great sound, but also charges the iPod.

Posted by johnson21 on November 29, 2005 at 9:21 AM (PDT) Comment 74

************************************************************************************************************** SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT - If you are deciding whether to get Tunecast 2 or Itrip and can't decided because of the mix messages from this forum - PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING.

I wasn't too sure if I should buy Tunecast 2 or Itrip for my Ipod 5G but after reading through all the forums, I was more confused than before so I decided to buy Tunecast 2 and test it out. For your information I picked Tunecast 2 simply because 1. my girlfriend has a Samsung MP3 player which can also be used. 2. it should work for future Ipod Models (we all know how quick Apple launches new Ipod) 3. It didn't use Ipod's power so I can listen to my Ipod for long trips.

My conclusion after using the Tunecast 2 is that I am very impressed with the quality and very simple to use settings (I didn't even have to read the instructions to operate this thing). Bare in mind that so many people complain about quality - it's stereo and not digital - if you want perfect quality - then get a Ipod compatible CD player or one with a head phone input. The quality is as good as any other popular radio station, so discard other people's comment about quality or reception problems. For your information I live in the City (Melbourne Australia) and while I was driving, I didn't get any interference what so ever which I was so surprised because I was expecting flicker sounds, etc since I was driving around the city.

I would recommend anyone that is looking for a FM transmitter for Ipod or MP3 player to buy Tunecase 2!

Posted by s372491 on December 15, 2005 at 9:41 PM (PDT) Comment 75
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