Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 @ 12:36 am | Mac

I’m not a huge fan of FM transmitters for things like MP3 players and portable CD players — I have memories of these cheap plastic things that had a tendency to lose reception. However, now that many cars have CD players standard and cassette players as an option, an FM transmitter seems to be the only way to go (unless, of course, you can plug your MP3 player directly into your car stereo).

I was looking at the Griffin Technology iTrip when it was announced earlier this week and it looks like the nicest FM transmitter I’ve seen yet. It’s very small and it uses software on the iPod to digitally select any FM frequency between 87.9 and 107.9 MHz — no more messing with dials to get the tuning “just right.”

Of course, since it was released earlier this week and attaches directly to the iPod, it’s now incompatible with every iPod that Apple’s currently selling. Talk about bad timing.

Griffin Technology says they’ll have information about a new iTrip for the new iPods shortly. I look forward to seeing it.

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