While owning an iPod brings with it the ability to enjoy over 10,000 songs from the palm of your hand, many people find that not having FM radio capabilities can really hinder the overall popularity and usefulness of the iPod. Thankfully there are numerous FM transmitter devices that have been developed to be used specifically for the iPod and iPhone devices.
FM Transmitter Overview
An FM transmitter is a device which connects to your iPod and allows you iPod to play FM radio stations for free. This effectively turns your iPod or iPhone into a portable, high quality radio that can play any stations within range. Most FM transmitters designed for smartphone use also include some type of hands-free calling system and a universal charging port which allows the device to be powered from the DC adapter in your vehicle. You can also charge your iPod or iPhone using the power from the transmitter, accomplishing two tasks at once.
iPhone and iPod FM Transmitter Choices
Below are the top three iPod and iPhone FM transmitters, along with their price and a brief description including uses and features;
GOgroove FM Transmitter for iPod and iPhone ($50) – This FM transmitter allows for hands-free calling on your smartphone, playback of music from your MP3 player or smartphone, and the reception of FM stations that are played directly off of your MP3 player, iPod or smartphone. Includes an auto-seek feature which makes it quick and easy to find the clearest FM stations in your area.
Coby Wireless FM Car Transmitter ($17) – At just over seventeen dollars, this transmitter from Coby is one of the cheapest we have found anywhere. Despite its low price it still offers a wide range of features including MP3 and CD playback, LCD display with backlight, auto-tuner which makes it easy to find the closest and clearest FM stations, and allows you to play music from your iPod or MP3 player through your car’s stereo system.
TaoTronics Wireless Portable Bluetooth FM Transmitter ($30) – This transmitter includes a wide array of functions including small size, Bluetooth connectivity, and the ability to play any song or podcast from your iPod or MP3 player through your car’s built-in stereo system.
An FM transmitter for iPod or iPhone would make a great gift for anybody that enjoys listening to music on their iPod while driving. It also makes a safer option for talking while driving thanks to their hands-free feature.