14 July 2010

Amazon today only: iPhone FM transmitter car plug-in 63% off

iPhone FM Transmitter My car is old enough that it lacks a built-in jack for an iPhone or an iPod. Does this deter my husband, who is not only physically connected to his iPhone, but a big-time music lover with a creative, diverse collection of songs? Of course not!

For our last few road trips, he's plugged in a dongle like this that transmits music stored on his iPhone over a free FM channel through my car stereo's speakers. Fantastic. It actually works (at least in those places where the radio gets reception.)

Today, Amazon's got the GTMax FM Talk/Transmitter on sale for $14.99, which is 63% off the list price of $39.99. If you've got a road trip in your future, this might be a nice tool to have along for the ride.

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Hey Asha, is the one on sale at Amazon the same one your hubby has? I've been shopping for one of these, but it's hard to figure out if the sound quality is really good. Thx!

Can your husband confirm or deny if the unit actually charges your iPhone's battery while it's plugged in? I'm assuming it does.

I have one that looks just like this and it does not charge our iPods, we have a seperate USB charger. We have also found it helpful to move the iPod and transmitter closer to the antenna if the reception starts getting fuzzy.

"It actually works (at least in those places where the radio gets reception.)"

Maybe I misunderstood what you wrote, but it actually works best where the radio doesn't get reception from a real radio station, as devices like these are basically mini radio stations. So you want to set your radio to the station with the most static, so that the device can cleanly broadcast to it.

In any case, they do seem to work well, but we've had issues with battery life, and it seems you have to switch stations quite a bit more than I'd like to get static-free sound.

Would love one of these. But I'm told they work for s**t in Los Angeles.

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