It works.

I drive a nissan altima.

It's got a built in defroster style antenna, and it works just fine.

I leave my ipod in the cupholder near the front of the car, and have no problems with it.

Posted by ajservo on September 15, 2004 at 1:31 PM (PDT) Comment 21

I just bought this product and noticed that it no longer has the "cheap" sticker on the top. How do I safely pry off the top cover so I can peek at what's inside? (just out of curiosity)

Posted by Joan on September 20, 2004 at 8:16 AM (PDT) Comment 22

Not happy at all, was using tape adapter sony' much better!
iTrip sounds like bad am station!!!
money well waisted :(

Posted by quattro on September 20, 2004 at 5:06 PM (PDT) Comment 23

Not Impressed. I have to crank my volume way way up to hear even the slightest sound. I tried on 3 different indoor stereos and different stations with the mini plugged into a power source too. iTrip is wack.. sounds like a tin can. I'm returning it.

Posted by Jay on September 24, 2004 at 1:13 PM (PDT) Comment 24

i work at a car dealership, and am in and out of all kinds of different cars all day, which is exactly why i opted for an itrip in the first place... and i have not had a problem with it in any cars yet. mazdas, porsches, bmws, audis, maseratis, old new, everything has worked great. occasionally i have to move it around to find the best place in the car for it to work..

yeah the signal is a bit weaker, and yeah, a direct cable connection to a deck is much better, but for the non audiophiles out there, this thing works great.

Posted by mark on October 9, 2004 at 5:38 PM (PDT) Comment 25


I bought this thingy this week and I have to say it's awesome.. I use 107.1 and in silences i have a little bit of distortion, but not more when i'm listening to other stations..

Two funny this to know about the iTrip..
1: I raised the antenna out of the iTrip (oohh, bad me.. it's illegal anyways here..) and when a friend of mine is driving arond me, he can also listen to my music..

2: This really is funny, at first i didn't believe it but i tried it and I still don't understand.. You need two people to do this..
Turn on your car radio and iTrip, search for the good frequency and listen to the music.. Now, one sits in the car, listening to music and the other walks away from the car, holding the iPod and iTrip in his hand, but turned 90 degrees (so the ipod is sideways).. walk away until you hear almost nothin but distortion on your car-radio... and then... Hold the iTrip against the side of your head... yes.. crisp-clear sound..

Posted by Wouter on October 10, 2004 at 11:55 AM (PDT) Comment 26

Bought one of these last night, and it's next to useless. Because of the fact that the iTrip "mounts" to the mini on one edge, it's very easy to torque the iTrip and "lose contact" with the remote jack, causing the transmitter to drop out.

I'd rather find some kind of way to hook my Mini into my stereo through the dock connector.

Posted by DougInAZ on October 11, 2004 at 5:28 PM (PDT) Comment 27

I haven't had that problem yet, and I use the iTrip allot.

Posted by Cameron on October 15, 2004 at 2:21 PM (PDT) Comment 28

I got an itripmini n an iskin mini for my mini ipod comming in da post.
Will they fit together?

Posted by R@JY on October 24, 2004 at 1:08 PM (PDT) Comment 29

I bought an iTrip mini when i bought my iPod and have had no trouble with it. It even worked when i was inside a building and the car was about 10 metres away without extending the internal arial!
I love my iPod mini and iTrip mini! smile

Posted by Matt Young on November 15, 2004 at 2:52 AM (PDT) Comment 30

does anybody know if there is a way to set the radio station using ephpod 2, itd be greatly appreciated

Posted by steve9o6 on November 19, 2004 at 1:59 PM (PDT) Comment 31

i haven't yet got any ipod. but am going to get the mini. reading the article i find it good, but am in two in two minds as to which is better for when i buy my ipod. The itrip mini or the regular itrip.

Posted by MATHER on November 23, 2004 at 11:03 AM (PDT) Comment 32

got one for christmas...unless i installed software/FM stations incorrectly (which i'm sure i didn't because they show up on my ipod) this thing doesn't work at home or in my car. no sound, just static on each station i try. might be an exception, but i would not recommend this to anyone.

Posted by jag8q on January 2, 2005 at 2:05 PM (PDT) Comment 33

Got a mini for xmas and subsequently picked up the iTrip. I used it on a relatively long trip (4 hours) and it worked flawlessly on the default 87.9. I also tuned the hotel room radio to it for music and had no problems there.

I did find however that a holder of some sort would be good in the car. I stuck it in the map well of the door of my car and had good reception but wasn't really comfortable with it being there. It also fit in a sleeve in the sun visor but the reception wasn't that great.

Unfortunately, the Speck skin I have doesn't work with the iTrip.

I also found that the battery lasted only a little over 4 hours using the iTrip despite the company claim that it drains very little power?

Posted by funkywalker on January 4, 2005 at 9:37 AM (PDT) Comment 34


Can anyone suggest a good skin, other than Matias' iPod Armor mini, to go with the iTrip mini?

Posted by briantrease on January 5, 2005 at 12:38 PM (PDT) Comment 35

Not loving it! It's impossible to change channels while driving. Also, my Honda has a built-in antenna in the rear window. The only time I get a clear signal is when I hold the ipod in midair, with the iTrip pointing backwards at the antenna. (Not a good idea when driving.) In all other positions, I hear a bothersome hissing noise from the speakers. I plan to try the Airplay instead.

Note: The Power Support square silicon case does fit well with the iTrip mini, and looks good with it, too.

Posted by Fuzznfangs on February 16, 2005 at 7:10 AM (PDT) Comment 36

I got an itrip mini for Xmas and love it.

The best tip I can give is to also purchase an auto power adapter. When I used the iPod mini and iTrip with no external power supply, I got a weak and static-ridden signal over my car radio.

I then purchased a Power Pod adapter, which completely solved the problem. I get a clean signal and can't imagine driving without my iPod mini! The extra power boost seems to have done the trick!

Posted by Tiki Tim on February 17, 2005 at 7:15 AM (PDT) Comment 37

I got an itrip mini for Xmas and love it.

The best tip I can give is to also purchase an auto power adapter. When I used the iPod mini with no external power supply, I got a weak and static-ridden signal over my car radio.

I then purchased a Power Pod adapter, which completely solved the problem. I get a clean signal and can't imagine driving without my iPod mini! The extra power boost seems to have done the trick!

Posted by Tiki Tim on February 17, 2005 at 8:56 AM (PDT) Comment 38

FM Transmitters for iPods are all garbage unless you live on the moon.
No wait, even there! I bought an iTrip, what a PILE! Home stereo works kind of, that is if you enjoy lots of hiss, Remember cassette tapes. Oh and make sure that you are not more than 3 feet from the receiver, and don’t turn any electrical devices on or off unless you like lots of clicking sounds.

But the reality is that we all bought these stupid/useless FM Transmitters so that we could listen to iPods in the car, or should I say a car any car a car that we have no control over a car with no AUX audio inputs or tape player for an adapter. Guess what they don’t work so well /at all.
The antenna on my car is on the rear of the car so to get this PILE to work at all I have to put the iPod in the back seat upright like it is a person,
And still the signal is so weak that I have to turn the volume almost all the way up to hear it properly. And then comes the loud hiss…
I know what you all are thinking, why doesn’t he just peel off the sticker on top of the iTrip and pull the wire up? I did not much difference. I know maybe I will go to radio shack and buy an external antenna and solder the iTrip wire to it, or better yet I take my DirecTV dish off the roof of my house and connect it to my iTrip, no I got it maybe I could borrow Sputnik from Russia and connect to the iTrip to it!
Very soon all factory car audio gear will come with a USB connector, WHY YOU SAY? So that you can buy a USB flash drive and put all your digital music in it from your computer. Then true plug and play for the masses. But wait there is more.
The audio gear built into the car will also have Flash RAM so that you can save audio files from the USB Flash Drive directly into the car.
No need to ever upgrade again. So to hell with iTrip and all the other snake oil FM Transmitter remedies. Also Bluetooth will be an option for all car stereos and iPod 2006 will sport Bluetooth.
So for now the iPod is best with headphones. And I guess I will go back to dragging all my music CD’s with me in the car. Unless somebody has some info I am not privy to.
Don’t by an iRip-off.

Posted by Murder Puppet on February 19, 2005 at 6:03 PM (PDT) Comment 39

I have had the itrip for a month now in the uk. I find 87.9 to be the best frequency. Also it is makes a HUGE difference to sound quality if you raise the antenna.

Posted by wazza111 on February 23, 2005 at 12:43 AM (PDT) Comment 40

I got my itrip mini a few days ago and it’s great. When I first got it, my friend and I jump in the car, plug it in to the mini and tuned the radio. Bam! I was listening to my music, not the **** they play on the radio. When we got back at my house we tested the distance on it. I got about 45 ft. away before we started to hear static and 150ft.+ before we couldn’t hear the music at all. I can put the itrip mini in the middle of my multi story house and pick up the music great on every radio.

It is a lot harder to tune on non-digital tuners. And the sound quality is about the same or sometimes better then normal radio music. The tuning of the itrip can be difficult at first, but I got the hang of it after a little bit.

I absolutely recommend the itrip mini. has them for $27

Posted by Mapleboy on March 11, 2005 at 5:22 PM (PDT) Comment 41

Bought this for use in my Toyota Tundra 2002. I live the Salt Lake City area. At first it seemed to work alright, but I had to be careful where I put the iPod inside the cab to get the best reception. Then the station I had the transmitter set to started broadcasting a Mexican station (why do those guys always transmit at about 10 billion watts?!) and needed to make some changes. I could not find a decent frequency to save my life. Also, sometimes it's kind of a PITA to change stations and catch end of the programming cycle before it starts going to the next on the the playlist. When I thought I had found a frequency, it would usually sputter and spit noise during playback. Also, this thing totally sucks down a 1G mini's battery. Battery life is like 3-4 hours on a fully charged 1G mini. Anyway, I took it back. It'll probably work great in a rural area but not near a big metropolitan area. Too bad, really, it's a nice addition if it worked well.

Posted by Haldir on April 4, 2005 at 4:48 PM (PDT) Comment 42

Bought this yesterday. Here's my set up: ipod mini 6G, itrip mini, use default 87.9, 94 Sienna LE, Richmond & Vancouver BC area, all kinds of music from 50's - todate. After reviewing comments from all different sites, I notice that the quality really depends on different factors. Since I can always return it, I decided to give it a try. 1. Stereo Receiver: Tried on the built in radio on the receiver, not good at all, had to be real close and it's very staticy. However, I never install the antenna on the receiver, and I have my TV and other devices turned on, so that could be the reason. 2. Mini Hi-Fi: it worked, quality was OK, but had to put it at the right angle. To me, range was 10 feet. 3. The van: Before I bought the itrip, I fine tuned it to check the available channel with the least static. It ended up the default one, 87.9. It worked instantly. Quality was much better than using it with the home systems. I drove around in Richmond and to work this morning (which was very close to downtown Vancouver), the sound quality was like regular FM channel. I tried it at different angle and different spots inside the van, worked fine. I heard static once or twice but it was expected when driving city area. Conclusion: Too many factors to determine if this works perfectly for people. Remind you that this is a small add-on transmitter using ipod power, so signal is expected to be not very strong. It also depends on the radio quality of the receiver, and the location inside the house since interference varies. Another point is that it also depends on the quality how the song is ripped. I have various types of music, some give me poorer quality and some perfect in the same environment. I guess when the signal is strong (with headphone or cord), it's not very noticeable. But when it comes to FM transmitting, music quality is important too. Of course, anything with a cord hooked up directly works the best, however, I like the mobility of it and you can use it as you are using a remote controlled radio inside the car. Everyone's standard of quality is different. To me, it's very acceptable, it works like your own FM channel. However, it really depends on the set up, personal standard and preference. Regarding the complaints on some posts, I'll say it's not the quality of the itrip itself, but the mixed factors that degrade it. If you think FM quality is OK with you, itrip is great, it definitely worths a try to see if it fits your environment.

Posted by ccslaw on May 25, 2005 at 9:41 AM (PDT) Comment 43

One extra comment is that the volume of the ipod does matter too. Do not turn the volume low on ipod and high on radio, otherwise it's very staticy. My set up is between 70-80% on ipod and stay it that way, use the car stereo to change the volume instead.

Posted by ccslaw on May 26, 2005 at 8:23 AM (PDT) Comment 44

I'd like to see Griffin make an iTrip extension cord. If they did that, I'd preorder TWO of them.

Posted by Cube All on January 9, 2006 at 11:41 AM (PDT) Comment 45
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