Really good review.
I didn't think this product was very good, just by looking at it - now my thoughts are confirmed.

Edit by Jeremy Horwitz, March 2005: iPodlounge has deleted a collection of negative and derogatory comments from "audiogeek" on our site, which we discovered have been posted by a writer for competing publications. As he has trolled and posted obnoxious comments in a number of threads, picking fights with our readers and editors, he has been banned from the site, and we strongly oppose his repeated mischaracterizations of various products and our editorial opinions. This comments thread was affected by his posts, and has therefore been modestly edited. If any of the other comments below do not make sense in the context of these deletions, we apologize.

Posted by Harrison on April 30, 2004 at 12:50 AM (PDT) Comment 1

Good review, I actually like the look of it! I just wish they weren’t governed by the FCC regulations so we could have a better signal all round.

Posted by Andrew on April 30, 2004 at 1:57 AM (PDT) Comment 2

I found the review to be rather agressive and possibly offensive. This is a very niche market and their product seems to be very unique and very useful. As far as a protective case, who throws their iPOD inside of a backpack full of books in the first place? And the fact that it has a built-in firewire and USB is really neat! Imagine how bulky it would be if you had to tote the docking station and iPOD with you wherever you went. It appears that the antenna is telescopic, right? If you put the antenna down, there's no-way this thing is a foot tall. I think that the podfreq's stand is an ingenious design. It folds in and out right? I think they went out of their way to make this one of the best accessories available and their attempt, even if there are a couple of "flaws" shouldn't be thrown at them so harsh. I personally think that the design and the detail of it are beautiful. It looks like it was made to go with the unit! I suppose if reviews like this happened all the time, nobody would make accessories to our gadgets and we would just have to live with them the way they are. I suppose that "Big" and "Fat" are subjective. If you live in a cardboard box, than it might be "Big". For most people, something slightly larger isn't a big deal. Remember the old cellphones? How big were those things? People still used them, right? Thumbs up to Sonnet for making a wonderful accessory for the iPOD. I look forward to buying a couple of them as soon as they are released.

Posted by Bill on April 30, 2004 at 12:04 PM (PDT) Comment 3

Bill must work for this loser company...

Posted by Rob on April 30, 2004 at 12:21 PM (PDT) Comment 4

I sure don't work for Sonnet but I like the design of the PodFreq too. The size complaints, like the other criticisms, are overdone. This is a device to use at home and in a car, it's not supposed to fit in your pocket.

Also the only competitor that offers built-in 'charge while driving' is the Monster iCarPlay, not the Griffin or Belkin products mentioned. First gen 12-volt FW chargers are available for $7 or so these days and can be used with an ordinary 6-6 FireWire cable, which LOTS of people already have. I've considered the iCarPlay, but would also like to use a transmitter indoors and in other places 12-volt plugs can't be found.

As of yet none of these devices offer the exact combination of features I'm looking for and none appear to be either head and shoulders above or significantly below the others in performance.

Posted by Tim on April 30, 2004 at 12:59 PM (PDT) Comment 5

tim - you miss the point, this crazy thing doesnt let you charge while driving using any of the 3g chargers on the market... you need to use cables which are not standard anymore for the connection. who wants to spend $100 on a transmitter and then $10 or $20 on cables and then $10 or 20 on a special charger.. that's crazy.. crazy i tell you.

use griffin or belkin's product and you don't need to go out and buy another charger. and it's cheaper.

bill - good luck buying a 'couple' of them man.. keep up the rah-rah-rah baby.

Posted by anony t. mouse on April 30, 2004 at 4:39 PM (PDT) Comment 6

also you guys must be popping with cash to have $100 to spend on one of these things... let alone $200 for two of them. that is crazy money compared to $30 iTrip.

Posted by anony t. mouse on April 30, 2004 at 4:42 PM (PDT) Comment 7

Who cares? If you don't like it, don't buy it.

Posted by Larry on April 30, 2004 at 5:05 PM (PDT) Comment 8

anony t mouse said: "use griffin or belkin's product and you don't need to go out and buy another charger. and it's cheaper."

Right. And when your batteries go dead? Like I said only the Monster iCarPlay actually charges your iPod (and powers the transmitter) while driving -- something that can be accomplished with a $7 charger and a normal FW cable (with the PodFreq). My 3G iPod didn't come with a 12-volt charger, did yours?

Posted by Tim on April 30, 2004 at 5:08 PM (PDT) Comment 9

All the other transmitters are great, if you like cables. Everyone is missing the point of this transmitter/USB/Firewire adapter. It totally operates off of the iPOD's battery and there is no need for any of the cables. If you are driving 5 hours, you need to seriously get a life and charge your iPOD's battery pack or buy a charger.

The iTrip takes some lame software to change frequencies. The review stated that it doesn't have a backlight and that's a negative. I'm sorry, if your car doesn't have a dome light that you can use to temporarily change frequencies, I think you should save your money and purchase a dome-light!! WTF!

I don't work for this "Looser company", as "Rob" so put it. (side note to Rob, go back to smokin crack buddy!)

If you're looking for the perfect accessory to the iPOD, buy a G4 and a transmitter, throw it in your car and get on with your life. This is a simple transmitter/docking station for the iPOD and it received a very harsh review as far as I am concerned.

If you can't afford an iPOD accessory, why did you buy an iPOD in the first place? Go get yourself a cheap MP3 player with some flimsy headphones and throw that in your backpack!!!

Posted by Bill on April 30, 2004 at 5:28 PM (PDT) Comment 10

bill: iTrip also 'operates off of the ipod's battery' and costs $30. i think it's better to have 'lame software' than a lame antenna in your car but that's just me. and i also don't like to throw away money, unlike you.

tim: my ipod didn't come with a charger or a "normal FW" cable or a 12-volt charger.. but anyone with an existing charger for 3G ipod can't use it with this thing.. too much to ask for a $100 transmiter.

Posted by anony t mouse on April 30, 2004 at 5:51 PM (PDT) Comment 11

i think compared to other similar items out there on the market, this thing isn't as bulky and unwielding like the reviewer made it out to be. look at that transpod fm thing, like that "complements" the iPod?? i think each of these products have their pluses and minuses.

i also heard that there was a hack to actually boost the signal of the podfreq. now if that is the case, then i might be interested in seeing what this has to offer. otherwise, ill stick with the itrip.

Posted by larry on May 1, 2004 at 11:51 AM (PDT) Comment 12

Maybe i missed something, what is the plus of this product? and isn't this like half the height of the transpod (transpod doesn't have an antenna does it? and who wants a transpod anyway)?

Posted by frank on May 1, 2004 at 12:38 PM (PDT) Comment 13

jesus, people, lets learn how to spell iPod. it's i-P-o-d. not iPOD, not IPOD, not ipod. come on. how hard is this?

Posted by jake on May 1, 2004 at 7:19 PM (PDT) Comment 14

To Bill and those supportive of this product, even if it were a good product, what does it do better that the iTrip can't do?? And for the price of 2 iTrips!

Unique design it may be, but how is it any better than iTrip?

Posted by what on May 4, 2004 at 5:21 PM (PDT) Comment 15

oh and just because there's a worse product (transpod) doesn't mean this is good!

that's like saying George Bush is more handsome than PeeWee herman, but that's not saying much at all!

Oops actually peewee herman is more handsome. And quite a bit smarter.

Posted by what on May 4, 2004 at 5:27 PM (PDT) Comment 16

Make No Mistake, I will buy 20 of them when they are released, in order to trump Bill..... Bill Clinton

10 will go to my loyal soldiers fighting in Irack, I mean Irak, so they don't perish without listening to music through their radios.

Posted by george dubya on May 4, 2004 at 5:34 PM (PDT) Comment 17

Dude, spell it right. It's iRak. Jeez.

Posted by proanim8r on May 5, 2004 at 11:37 AM (PDT) Comment 18

The car adapter issues aside, why would anyone pay $100 when an equally good (acutally, better, IMO) product is available for $35?

Posted by VoiceOfLogic on May 14, 2004 at 8:13 AM (PDT) Comment 19

Note: I haven't decided if I'm going to buy one of these or not. But ...

What does this do that the others don't do? Easy. It allows you to use the iPod remote.

Don't want or need to use the remote? Fine, no problem. But SOME of us do. My main (99%) ride is a motorcycle (Honda GoldWing). Ever try to pause, repeat, go to next song with gloves on? Sorry, no can do. But with the PodFreq you can. For some of us that IS a killer feature. Oh, and every try to turn on an iPod when you don't have a chance to stop on the side of the road (many reasons)? I could if I could use the remote. But with the iTrip? NOOOOOO.

Another is that you have to adjust the volume on the iPod to a specific sound volume to get best results. Again. VERY difficult on a motorcycle. With the PodFreq is uses the line-out which is always the same.

Now if only the iTrip had a port on the top so I could plug in my iPod remote into it. So far "talking" to Griffin has gotten me no where. So what other choice do I have if the iTrip can't do what I need it to do. Mainly giving me the ability to use the iPod remote.

Posted by Sabon on May 16, 2004 at 7:26 AM (PDT) Comment 20

Also, as far as recharging iPods. I've already "had" to buy a PowerPod by Griffin. So all I would have to do with the PodFreq is buy a FireWire 6 to 6 pin cable. These are not expensive at all ($15 at the most). This give you the ability to play the iPod with the PodFreq indefinitely just like with the iTrip.

Again I haven't decided if I'm going to buy one or not. But this review is just plain out and out nasty. What happened? Did their mommies not change their wet or dirty diapers soon enough and they got cranky from diaper rash? See, I can be rude and nasty too.

Posted by Sabon on May 16, 2004 at 7:45 AM (PDT) Comment 21

I just got my PodFreq and I had an iTrip before so I've had a chance to compare them. The first thing is that it is a beautiful product that looks like it was deisgned by Apple to work with the iPod. You can't really tell from the picture, but the materials used are all really high quality and seems very sturdy. Secondly, changing frequency is very easy with the up and down buttons. Also, who care about having Japanese frequencies available (that's probably illegal in the U.S. anyway). Number three, I've always had to fiddle with the volume on the iTrip. If it were cranked up too high, I got distortion. If it were too low, I got static and noise. But with the PodFreq and its line-out connection, the level is always just right. And, I can adjust my headphone volume to be whatever level I want while the car sound volume stays the same. I like to listen to it cranked up and the other passengers can listen to it on the radio. Number four, the reviewer must be half deaf because I found the PodFreq to have a broader frequency response and much cleaner signal than the iTrip, which is unacceptable to listen to in comparison. Finally, I agree that the iTrip and the PodFreq have about the same range, but the iTrip is much more sensitive to orientation, I guess because it lacks the antenna.

Posted by David Bradley on May 29, 2004 at 11:40 PM (PDT) Comment 22

ok.... i am going to chime in here seeing as it appears no one here knows anything technical about fm transmitting. or at least it looks that way from the comments

people complain about the antenna on this device.

the FM radio band has a relatively large wavelength compared to other transmitting devices we use in our daily lives.... such as cellphones..... and homephones (ever notice how 800MHz cordless phones had a long telescoping antenna and 2.4GHz phones had a short stubby antenna)

due to the larger wavelength you need a larger antenna to transmit and to recieve. ideally the antenna length should be mathematically calculated to be an ideal length....

that length will be different at 88 and at 108 KHz.... approximately 80 to 65 cm respectively

ideal length should be in multiples of a minimum length like those i just mentioned

in addition... an ideal antenna is a dipole antenna and has a horizontal and vertical orientation.

in a dipole the ground of the antenna is at the center and the antenna radiates one wavelength each way so an ideal minimum antenna for the car would be 130-160cm with a ground at the center...... since the car antenna is most likely vertically orientented then the antenna of the transmitter needs to be oriented... hence why you stand it on end

i personally own a griffin iTrip...... i have had a 1st and 2nd gen itrip.....

i thought it was horrible, but because of governmental restrictions on power.......

i took mine apart, attached an antenna.... i then use an extra ipod remote and used the cable from it and cut off the remote and soldered it to the griffin connector..... i then mounted the antenna in my car.

in addition i made an FM amp and connected it between the antenna and the itrip........

with the antenna and the amp turned on i get a solid signal up to 1/4 of a mile ........ i don't need to worry about selecting a station because it can drown out even the most powerful stations anywhere

someone suggested that you can get more out of the podfreq..... you probably can and with much less effort than the itrip...... the itrip is very difficult to attach an antenna to without losing some signal at the junction

PS i had a first gen ipod so i have a car firewire adapter sitting around that is useless and i could use with this device

PSS in addition ... since it uses the line out you get the least amount of distortion...... and the best signal to feed to the itrip

Posted by intlplby on May 31, 2004 at 2:07 PM (PDT) Comment 23

Lots of other players have these FM transmitters already built-in.

What do you think are the chances of the 4G iPod coming with this built-in?

Posted by 4G iPod on May 31, 2004 at 3:32 PM (PDT) Comment 24

This review is crap. the iTrip is an inferior product. Have any of the iTrip owners ever experienced sound quality discrepencies during poor weather? If it rains, the iTrip is less effective. PodFreq doesn't have that problem. That alone is enough to pursuade me to a PodFreq.

If you are an average joe shmoe with no need for quality sound, get an iTrip. If you are an audiophile looking for a wireless way to connect to your stereo, PodFreq baby.

Posted by try try on July 15, 2004 at 8:26 AM (PDT) Comment 25
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