For those of you who listen to your iPod on the road without the luxury
of a built-in iPod adapter, you know
the drill: casette tape adapter,
iPod charger, and wires all over the place. The solution? an iPod FM transmitter. The most popular is the Griffin iTrip. Starting at about $26.95, it's an affordable way to simplify your iPod configuration in the car without buying a new stereo. The transmitter plugs into your cigarette lighter and converts your iPod's audio output into an FM signal. Your car radio will pick up the signal, allowing you to use the car stereo controls to adjust the volume. Apple explains other benefits of the FM transmitter here.
Ebates staffer Dylan received an iTrip for Christmas. We have yet to discover if it lives up to Griffin's claim that it "delivers a background noise level below that of a cassette tape adapter, allowing the music to punch through cleanly." Dylan listened to an audio book on his iTrip and said it had great clarity, but we don't know if the same is true for music.
If you visit Apple, you'll see that over 300 people have reviewed the iTrip, and it's averaged only two stars. Many people are saying that the sound quality is poor in urban areas, and that the iTrip quickly drains the iPod's battery. For about ten bucks more, you can get an iTrip that includes a charger, but the issue of poor audio quality remains.
Have you ever used an FM transmitter for your iPod? What did you think?