I’ve had my iTrip for about 2 months now and I can’t believe how extremely happy I am with it.
The iTrip FM transmitter for the iPod is one of the coolest add-on that allows you to play your music through any FM radio in your car or any other radio. Unlike other FM transmitters that only allow you to use 4 hard-coded FM stations, the iTrip allows you to select from over 100 stations on which to broadcast. You can change the station that the iTrip broadcasts on by playing special station codes directly from the iPod itself. That means that you can find an open band, no matter how many radio stations are in your area.
As you can tell from the picture above, the iTrip sits on top of the iPod and is powered directly from the iPod. You turn on the device by simply connecting the iTrip to the iPod and pressing play. The iTrip detects audio within a few seconds and starts broadcasting on the pre-designated FM radio station. The iTrip will shut itself off if it does not detect audio for about 60 seconds.
The quality of the audio out depends on how clear the FM frequency you have chosen. I have found the quality to be good, but you have to be aware that this is not going to be CD quality sound. It may not be as good as a good FM station, but it’s a hell of lot better than a cassette adapter. If you have an AUX input, that is the best option but if you don’t have that, iTrip is probably one of the only ways to play your iPod in your car.
I absolutely love my iTrip and I haven’t used the CD changer in my car since I first received my iTrip. If you want to use your iPod in your car or any other place with a FM radio, iTrip is probably your best bet. The other thing that my road trips a lot more fun is the Belkin Auto Kit for iPod w/ Dock Connector that charges your iPod from your car’s cigarette lighter. Another must-have accessory.