Pros Digital display, Built in charging capability, Cord Length, Gets power from car instead of iPod, More powerful signal than the original iTrip.
Cons Still not as Powerful as it needs to be. Can't use it anywhere that does not have a cigerette lighter power outlet. Only comes in Black.
Summary I have had the Original iTrip for nearly a year, and have struggled to get a decent signal in my car because of its antenna location. My car has a rear mounted antenna which caused signal problems within the car in addition to station bleed that is a problem with the iTrip. I was convinced that the problem was power. Because the iTrip used power from the iPod it was not strong enough to "reach" my antenna. The new iTrip Auto seems to have made progress in this area, by getting its power from the car. The signal strength is definitely stronger. It even seems to overpower weak stations I have tuned in to while testing it. The original could not overpower even the weakest station.
This Auto version also Charges your iPod instead of draining the battery like the previous model.
As far as programing is concerned it is far superior. No more iTrip stations on your iPod! The stations are easily selected by the in-line module. (A huge improvement!) The volume control is also different. On the Original the volume of the iPod has to be set between 50 and 75% to get optimum sound quality from your receiver. The Auto version does not require and input from the iPod for volume. Your car stereo will make all volume adjustments.
Overall I feel it is a big improvement for those of us restricted to an FM transmitter. If you have the option for a hard wire system you will be much happier. It will cost more but the quality will be worth it.
For style, price and function the iTrip Auto will meet your FM transmitter expectations.
"not too great"on by serenasloveli
Pros looks nice. easy set up
Cons the itrip not only transmits music, it transmits a lot of static. so often times I have to hold it to lower the static. way over priced for the quality.
"Disappointing"on by rlb37
Pros Easy to use
Cons Low audio, weak transmitter
Summary I've had my iPod and the iTrip for two weeks and I'm here on cNet looking for a better FM transmitter. I find the iTrip's audio to be too low forcing me to crank up the volume on the car radio. The FM transmitter seems to be a little weak which makes it hard to find a spot on the FM dial where I can get clear reception. I'm enjoying my iPod, but not my iTrip.
Pros Great Customer Service, Programmable to any station, No batteries needed, Charges while playing
Cons Low Volume/Weak Signal, Poor Construction
Summary I've owned the iTrip for just over a year now and use it virtually everyday. It's never blown me away but has been a convenient way to charge and play my iPod through my car radio. The one thing is I've always wished that it would broadcast a stronger signal so I wouldn't have to crank my stereo's volume up so high.
A few weeks ago I noticed that my left speaker wasn't working while using the iTrip and discovered that there was a short in the cord. Wiggling the cord by the end that connects to the iPod would momentary bring my left speaker back so it was obviously a loose connection. I called up Griffin Support and was very impressed with their Customer Service. It was seriously the best CS experience I've ever had. I didn't have to wait on the phone and the guy I talked to was friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help. Even though I had technically bought it just over a year prior to my talking to him, he didn't hassle me about the one year warranty and basically said send it in and we'll be happy to send you a new one. I received a replacement within a week from when I sent in the defective one which also impressed me.
In summary, you have to like a company that doesn’t make excuses and stands behind its products and customers. The iTrip might not be the best iPod car adapter out there but you won't beat the Customer Service.
Pros works, don't need cassette player in car
Cons useless when driving in megalopolis
Summary High density of radio stations in NE corridor and moving about NYC area means that it is pretty much useless when commuting in NYC metro area, or driving from Boston to NY. Have to keep looking for a new free frequency every few minutes in some places along the way. This is what I bought it for, so I've switched to a cassette adapter that won't work in new cars without cassette players.