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Griffin Technology updates iTrip Station Finder 2.0

updated 11:20 am EST, Mon December 8, 2003

iTrip Station Finder 2.0

Griffin Technology today announced the for Mac (and Windows). The small free application helps iTrip owners find a clear frequency in over 200 US cities. It now includes frequencies for 15 additional countries, interactive map navigation, and user submission of new frequencies. The $35 iTrip FM Transmitter allows iPod owners to play their iPod's music in their cars or over their stereo through the FM radio. The iTrip's most distinctive feature is its ability to broadcast to any clear FM frequency on the dial. The iTrip Station Finder 2.0 for Mac OS X is available immediately for free on the Web.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Woohoo!

    OS X's best app just keeps getting better!!! Now if only Griffin would ship my freakin' iTrip, I'd be even more happy!!!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    warning to folk in SFran

    I drive from SF to Woodside every day. It's impossible to find one channel on the dial that works for the entire drive. The FM radio band in the bay area is just too packed with stations.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    F**k yea!

    Now I can be a complete lazy a** and just directly dial up known free stations, instead of pressing forward a few times on my radio to find a garbled station. It sure is annoying, having to push a button a few times.

    Maybe Griffin thinks I should carefully consult my laptop complete with Station Finder while I'm in the middle trying to drive? Maybe I should send them the bill from my car dealer when I smash into a telephone pole because I'm too busy staring at a laptop screen?

    I don't know what's funnier- the fact that someone actually spent money to create this app or the fact that Griffin's average customers are too stupid and/or lazy to find a free station on their own.

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    Garbage

    The iTrip sucks. Had it, hated it. Completely unusable down here (South Florida) and I could never find even a somewhat clear frequency. I got my $40 back and I will buy a $65 adapter to connect my iPod directly to my VW's CD changer interface.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Not unique

    "The iTrip's most distinctive feature is its ability to broadcast to any clear FM frequency on the dial."

    So what? Every transmitter does this. I don't remember the brand of mine, but all you do is pick the frequency range (high-med-low) and then you adjust the dial to get the right frequency. Just tune until you hear the song. With the iTrip you have to pick the exact right frequency from a menu. That might be more precise, but it also means you can't fine-tune the signal. It's also easier to adjust a dial and grab a new station while driving then to have to keep looking down to pick from a menu. IMHO.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    well, don't want to gloa

    ...but my son just got his iTrip (which he ordered 8/29) from apple. (sorry, WooHoo);)

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    Re: not unique

    That might be more precise, but it also means you can't fine-tune the signal. It's also easier to adjust a dial and grab a new station while driving then to have to keep looking down to pick from a menu. IMHO.

    Well, first off, most radios can't be 'fine tuned'. Only if your using a non-digital FM radio can you 'fine tune' the signal.

    Oh, and the software is not when you're in the car, driving down I95, and suddenly realize you need a new station. Its for before you get on the road, you know you'll be driving through Washington, Richmond, Charleston, etc. You can know what stations will work without having to search the dial.

    Oh, and the bitterness on the software from the 'f*** yea!' poster is a bit much. You'd think they were charging you for it. Its free. You want to scan the dial, scan it. Geesh, talk about a loser.

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