02. 11. 2005
iPod in your car
I'm a little late to the iPod accessorizing craze, but I finally decided I need to mount my iPod in my car instead of letting it flop around, attached by an 8-year old cassette adapter that came with an old Discman.
The Griffin SmartDeck is a cassette adapter as well, but specifically designed for the iPod. The "intelligent" adapter actually lets you control your iPod with the control buttons of your cassette player. The stop and pause buttons will stop or pause the iPod, and forward and rewind will take you to the previous or next song on your current playlist. It also automatically adjusts the volume to an "optimal" level. High quality tape heads make for great sound while even the best FM transmitters are still a bit iffy. It's less expensive than the iTrip, $25, and will start shipping sometime this quarter of 2005.
For an all-in-one solution, there's the Griffin RoadTrip, which combines an FM transmitter, charger, and mounting cradle. The removable transmitter can also be used to connect to your PC via USB, which then lets you broadcast your music to any FM radio. As would any FM transmitter without the intermediate step of connecting to the PC unless I'm completely missing the point here. The RoadTrip is available now for $79.99, although currently backordered on the Griffin site.
Finally, if you just want your iPod to stay put, the iSqueez fits into your car's cup holder and keeps the iPod at a good viewing angle. The holder has slots for running cables and is large enough to accommodate accessories. They're available now for $9.99 from Griffin.