updated 06:25 pm EDT, Thu August 12, 2004
Griffin RoadTrip for iPod
Griffin Technology today announced the , an all-in-one iPod charger, FM transmitter, and cradle. The compact device allows you to play your iPod or iPod mini music through your car's FM stereo, while simultaneously charging and positioning the unit for easy access. The RoadTrip plugs into any auto power outlet or lighter adapter and provides an adjustable cradle to charge and hold any docking iPod, including the new 4G iPods and the iPod mini. The RoadTrip also features a detachable Transmitter Module and cable that can broadcast users' Mac or PC music to any FM stereo. It will begin shipping September 1 for $80.
The RoadTrip transmitter can be set to broadcast iPod's music to any FM frequency from 88.1 to 107.9. Its backlit screen shows which frequency RoadTrip is currently broadcasting. This frequency can easily be changed via buttons located directly on the front of the unit. The iPod's audio is transmitted through the connected dock on the bottom of the device.
The RoadTrip's removable Transmitter Module can also broadcast music from a Mac or PC. The package includes a combination USB power and audio connector cable that attaches any USB equipped computer to the module. Users can then play their iTunes music, movie audio or presentation sound to any FM stereo.
"The car is where we find most people use their iPod. We already have the best 'transmitter only' device to use in the car, the iTrip. We also wanted to add the best full-featured cradle based device to our family of iPod accessories for the car, so we developed the RoadTrip. I think many people will enjoy the bonus of being able to play their laptop's music on their home stereo," said Alan Thompson, VP of Production at Griffin.