Monday, January 26, 2009

iPhone FM Transmitter - That WORKS!!

I love my iPhone for so many reasons. One of which is that it holds all my favorite music just the way I want it. But I have a 2004 Escalade that doesn't have an input jack on the in-dash radio. I'd replace the radio, but it's an integrated part of my in-dash navigation system. I don't have a cassette player so that's not an option either. So, as I see it, my options are:
1) pay hundreds to have a tech shop install a 3rd party input jack into my existing radio/nav system ($$$),
2) upgrade my entire nav/radio system with one that has an input jack ($$$$), or
3) buy one of those crappy FM Transmitters that never work ($).

But wait! I found this great little FM Transmitter on Amazon ( and the reviews are awesome in contrast to the other iPhone FM Transmitters on their site, and it's only $30 (that's a 3rd the price of some lesser units)!!! It seemed low risk so I bought it, AND I LOVE IT.

Dial your radio to a station that doesn't have a signal, I used 87.7. Plug the FM Transmitter into the iPhone (I have a 3G but this works with my boyfriends 1G also), and change the tuner to 87.7. Pick your music on your iPhone and hit play...and you hear it coming through your car speakers. It's that simple. It doesn't come with written instructions, but it's so easy you don't need any.

I have about an hour commute each way, and it only breaks up for a second or two a couple of times the entire commute, around really large overpass intersections when I drive under them.

Also, it comes with a charger but it's optional. AND, the really cool thing is that I can use this in the tanning booth too. I just tune the tanning bed radio to 87.7 and hit play on my iPhone and voila, no more listening to the crap everyone else is listening too!

My boyfriend has an entirely different route to work and he also has the same performance I've experienced with the same FM transmitter. It's not CD quality mind you, but for $29 I can't complain.

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