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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. Amazon.com has them for $27

Posted by Mapleboy in Richmond, IN on March 11, 2005 at 5:22 PM (PDT)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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this thing is good, its just that you need a certain distance to it, which is hard to determine..☺

Posted by GestureBoi on April 6, 2006 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

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I know a place called Go Portable in New Zealand that also sells these. http://www.goportable.co.nz They also sell the new ones that do not require the software.

Posted by Mallrat 123 on July 8, 2007 at 2:12 AM (PDT)

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