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I looked into installing a iPod connection in my truck and its surprisingly expensive ( over $300 for parts and installation). I was thinking about trying one the iTrip FM transmitters. I'll primarily being using it for audio books so I'm not too worried about high definition sound quality. Any one have experience using one around the Boston- Rt 128 area? I've seen a couple of used ones on Craig's List for approx $20. Worth it?

Date: 2007-09-04 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] richenza.livejournal.com
I have an iTrip. It pretty much only works in our car, and only because the radio reception is so shitty that putting the transmitter directly under the radio means that it get better signal than it would otherwise. In cars with good radios it deosn't work at all because there are too many radio stations in the area and it can't find an open channel with enough space on either side that you don't get bleed-through. I'm pretty disappointed.

Date: 2007-09-04 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tashabear.livejournal.com
I've had crap luck with mine -- it's hell trying to find an open channel in the Boston area (YMMV). I needed a new head unit in the Ranger anyway, so I got one with an AUX-IN port. Then I just needed a male-to-male miniplug cable, and I was all set. Wolfie's S-10 has a tape deck, so we bought a cassette adapter and use that to play the iPod. Other than that, all you need is a car charger for the iPod and you're good to go.

Date: 2007-09-04 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hascouf.livejournal.com
128 from 3 to Beverly I use 103.1 on an iTrip and it works fine for me.

Date: 2007-09-04 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msmemory.livejournal.com
We had much more success with the FM transmitter out in the middle of I-80 (Snow Shoe PA) than we do locally in Boston or NYC, where we kept having to change frequencies.

I didn't install a permanent iPod connection, but use a cassette adapter with my iPod. Did your truck come with a cassette player?

Date: 2007-09-04 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crosslet.livejournal.com
Unfortunately no cassette deck in the truck.

Date: 2007-09-04 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msmemory.livejournal.com
I'd definitely go with an FM transmitter then.

Date: 2007-09-04 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madmikey.livejournal.com
we have the griffin road trip, works great.

Griffin iTrip

Date: 2007-09-05 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claidheamh.livejournal.com
I used one steadily for a couple of years with good success. There's a spot or two in Waltham near 128 where it cuts out momentarily, but overall, 87.9 (the default) worked fine for me.

AS for permanent iPod connections, have you checked Crutchfield.com? I bought my connector there for $120 or so and it was really easy to install.

Date: 2007-09-05 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dauphin1974.livejournal.com
For podcasts (NPR) I use a tape-deck-insert that (industrialblues) gave me. I have looked at all the super-expensive ones out there and got an $80 one that connects directly to the iPod and connects directly to the audio system (assuming it has line-in). It also broadcasts FM if you want, or can connect to your antenna to improve the FM connection. It's a Harmon Kardon - and to install it yourself takes time (not done it yet - so no comment on quality) or you can have it installed at time of purchase (for another $100 or more).

You should give in and get an installation unless your system includes a line-in option because the FM transmitter connection goes flaky at some time somewhere (from all reports I've heard).
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