: Bought an iTrip!!!


VertiGoGo
May 24th, 2003, 06:57 PM
Hey there All!

My partner and I bought an iTrip this afternoon for use with our two 5GB iPods! What a cool little doo-hicky! :D graemlins/heybaby.gif

It works great! Good sound quality. Lots of choice of frequencies. All is great!

No thanks to the B.Mac "sales guy" (and I use the term lightly). He said someone from one of their Montreal stores bought one and that the sound was crappy. So, they slapped a "final sale" policy on the units. He was such an ass.

in any case...the iTrip works great in Ottawa. Perhaps the reason the Montreal guy had problems was due to too many stations flooding the airwaves near him. Montreal gets swamped with FM signals from the US and has many stations itself.

The trick with the iTrip is setting a frequency that is relatively isolated on the dial. WHAT A WONDERFUL DEVICE!

For all you 3rd generation iPod users...pray they get out a new model for you soon cuz this baby rocks!!!

Heart
May 24th, 2003, 11:04 PM
Can you post a couple of pictures of it sitting on you iPods?

How do you tune the iTrip, I understand that the ends are buttons !?!

Gezz these things are as hard to come by as the new iPods.

RicktheChemist
May 25th, 2003, 03:41 AM
If I were the guy at B.Mac, I would actually try the device myself with one of the iPods from the store, and then form a comment on the iTrip. I've never tried one, and I don't expect to, but one of the staff here at EN will surely get the chance to try it. Then, I shall have an opinion.

Cheers,

RtC

P.S. Good buy, the guys at Griffin Tech will love hearing this..

VertiGoGo
May 25th, 2003, 08:25 AM
I can take some pics, but I don't know how to post them here on ehMac, cuz I don't have a web page to insert a URL.

In any case, the ends of the iTrip unit do not have any buttons. The parallel (sp?) lines are simply part of the FM transmitter assembly.

When you install the software that comes with the iTrip, it creates an "iTrip Stations" playlist in iTunes and then adds MANY frequencies to it...they look like a bunch of 5-second tracks. You then plug in your iPod to sync everything together and then you are ready.

Connecting the iTrip to your iPod makes a blue LED start flashing on the iTrip itself...and then it stays on with no flashing. The LED is a new thing they added since introducing the unit at MacWorld...it demonstrates the unit is working abd broadcasting.

To change frequencies, go to the iTrip Stations playlist on your iPod and find the frequency you want to broadcast on. Press the play/pause button (not the Enter in the middle of the wheel). The LED begins to flash rapidly. While it does that, press play/pause again and then the LED flashes slowly three times and then goes solid...to indicate that it is working on your new frequency.

It is really quite simple. From there...go choose the music you want and then start listening on your home stereo, car stereo or alarm clock...or whatever other radio you have. We were able to get up to about 15 feet away from teh radio and still have clear reception. Apparently it is only supposed to work up to 9 feet away.

If someone can explain how to post pics here, I will do it.

Cheers!

used to be jwoodget
May 25th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Vgg, a few tips on the iTrip. On the CD there is a folder for use in Japan. This has some really low frequencies (around 85 MHz or so). Check your car radio to see how low it can go. No radio stations in Canada (or the US) broadcast below about 87. If your radio will tune at say 86.1 MHz, this is a safe way to avoid interference when travelling (say to Montreal). Secondly, delete all of the frequencies you don't want as they do get in the way (they are tiny files but if you select random play, they'll be annoyingly played). Thirdly, if you don't/can't use the ultra low frequency, then its a good idea to rename (in iTunes) the frequencies with their use/region. Say 88.5 is good in Ottawa and 89.1 is good in Montreal, rename then 88.5 Ottawa etc. That way, when you travel, its a synch to tune to the best station. Some people claim interference from radio stations is reduced if you disconnect or scope down your car aerial.

iTrip doesn't work (well) with the new iPods but Griffin has a rev in development. Also, bear in mind that FM frequency ranges are more limited that the iPod files (100-15,000 Hz I think). Fine in a car. The nice thing about the FM transmitters (esp. the iTrip) is the lack of wires. I use a Radio Shack cassette adaptor. The performance is a bit better but the wires are a hassle. Your can also use the iTrip with any radio/boom box which can be neat at picnics.....

VertiGoGo
May 26th, 2003, 08:03 AM
Here are the pics of my iTrip. Thanks to Patrick Gant for hosting them for me!!! :D graemlins/heybaby.gif

http://members.rogers.com/thinkitpr/images/itrip/DCP_3533.jpg
http://members.rogers.com/thinkitpr/images/itrip/DCP_3535.jpg
http://members.rogers.com/thinkitpr/images/itrip/DCP_3537.jpg
http://members.rogers.com/thinkitpr/images/itrip/DCP_3539.jpg
http://members.rogers.com/thinkitpr/images/itrip/DCP_3543.jpg
http://members.rogers.com/thinkitpr/images/itrip/DCP_3544.jpg

ctiandb
Apr 7th, 2005, 02:01 PM
Can anyone enlighten me as to which station is the best for use with an iPod with an iTrip? I'm having trouble finding a suitable station and seem to get crackle and poor reception.

Thanks!

Steve-O
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:06 PM
It must be easier to get empty channels in ottawa because downtown toronto my iTrip is horrible. Forget about it on the Gardiner or the 404. It's ok on the 427 until a big rig comes beside you and completely ruins the sound quality. Bad product, I suggest no one in Toronto buy it. Glad to hear you like yours though.

shoe
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:14 PM
steve-o i have an itrip and i do not have these problems you talk about and i drive all over toronto with it on, the 1 area that seems to get me though is on the 401 going past waterloo, must be the radio station i brodcast it too.

I like the i trip myself

an alternative for serious car i pod people would be to look at this product here

http://www.neocaraudio.com/prod-ion.html

it runs right into the back of your car stereo and allows for the user to use car knobs to control simple functions of the ipod eg volume and forward or rewind

shoe

Steve-O
Apr 7th, 2005, 03:16 PM
thanks shoe.
do you have any idea on pricing because that seems to be right up my alley

shoe
Apr 7th, 2005, 04:16 PM
similar product

pak aux pod

http://www.installer.com/ipod/

it goes for 190 us ( pricey eh)

shoe

HowEver
Apr 7th, 2005, 09:21 PM
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Heart
Apr 7th, 2005, 11:17 PM
I love my iTrip mini for my iPod mini

I can always find a station. 87.7 does not work all that good as Global TV brodcasts on it her in the Tri-Cities.