iTrip Buying Guide
Cruising in your car can be a bummer if you have to constantly switch radio stations. Plus, taking your eyes off the road to turn the dial isn't always the safest driving practice. Why not groove safely with your iPod iTrip, a tiny device that transmits your iPod tunes through FM radio? Set your iTrip to a station that's filled with mostly static, then click the play button on your iPod to hear your favourite playlist with no commercial interruptions.
Griffin Technology has created several different models of the iTrip since its inception in 2003.
- If you live in a densely populated city, you may have trouble getting your iTrip to work properly. Because of its relatively low power output, it can't compete with the vast number of radio signals out there. Some strong stations may interrupt the signals of others, also making finding a usable frequency difficult. If you're still dead set on using the iTrip, try looking at Griffin's website for a list of frequencies that will work in major cities.
- The original iTrip, iTrip with LCD and iTrip mini prevent the simultaneous use of the wired remote or extra headphones because they draw power from the remote control port on the iPod.
Use in the UK
- On November 23rd, 2006, the UK office of radio communications, OFCOM, announced that the use of certain low power FM transmitters, which wirelessly connect MP3 players and other personal audio devices to radios and in-car entertainment systems would be legal for use in the UK.
- Consumer demand has since led to a European policy to limit interference between other popular electronic devices and FM transmitters.