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Belkin TuneFM for iPod® nano

Digital FM transmitter for home or car

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by Ralph Graves
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The Belkin TuneFM lets you enjoy your iPod nano's music through any FM tuner, whether it's your car radio, office bookshelf system, or home audio/video receiver. Just attach the TuneFM to your player's dock connector. Four presets store the frequencies you use most often. As you change channels, the frequency displays on the iPod nano's screen.

The TuneFM's built-in FM transmitter is powered by your player, so you can take it anywhere. You also get a cord that plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet, so you can keep your iPod nano charged and playing all the way down the road.

Note: The Belkin TuneFM does NOT fit the newer aluminum-finish iPod nanos. New iPod nano adapters are expected soon.

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Highlights:

  • for iPod nanos (not including newer models with aluminum finish)
  • four presets for commonly used frequencies
  • car power cord with cigarette lighter adapter
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • TuneFM transmitter
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 3' cord (has a mini USB Version 2.0 connector)
  • User Manual

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Overview: The Belkin TuneFM transmitter lets you use your first generation iPod nano to listen to your favorite music through any FM receiver; the TuneFM will not work with second generation nano iPods, which can be identified by their all metal cases. The TuneFM attaches to your player's dock connector. For excellent portability, the transmitter is powered by the iPod nano. You can also power the TuneFM in your vehicle using the supplied cigarette lighter adapter.

Modulation Frequencies: You can adjust the modulator's transmission frequency from 88.1 to 107.9 MHz. You can also store up to four transmission frequency presets that can be accessed by the buttons on the cradle.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Transmitter: L=1.883" (this measurement includes the connectors; when the transmitter is plugged into the iPod nano, the iPod nano's length is increased by 1.343"), W=1.571", D=0.356"
  • Cigarette Lighter Adapter Depth: 3.252"
 
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4 out of 5

The Good & The Bad

Written By John, West Hartford,CT on Sunday, September 10, 2006
 
I bought this little transmitter for my 5G ipod video...the upside is I don't have to remove my iskin case on my ipod..a plus in my opinion...As far as frequency selection there are plenty of places to park your ipod on the band...I have found better success with the higher numbers as with the lower frequencies you are competing with other devices such as Sirius radio...In all fairness you do get some noise and drift but if I put my antenna down and put the ipod in the cup holder near the radio it is all but eliminated...keep in mind this is a very low powered transmitter...this is the only downside of using the Tune FM...it has a great interface with the ipod for selecting your frequency and 4 memory slots...and best of all it turns on and off with your ipod and uses a car charger (included) that charges your ipod as well. Well worth the $$$$!
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4 out of 5

Suits My Desires & Standards Very Well, Despite Slight Imperfections

Written By Kristopher, Humboldt County, California on Thursday, June 01, 2006
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First of all, this product is virtually the only one i found on the market that works as a small attachment to the Nano with an optional/versitile power source. Most FM transmittors ONLY work if you plug them into your car and are bulky to carry around. Ive used this product now on little alarm clock radios, home stero systems (mine and friends), and, of course, my car factory stereo. I should also mention that i dont leave it in my car because it is so easy to take with me and thus i dont have to worry about anyone breaking in and stealing my stero equipment... again. There are a descent amount of radio stations in my area and there is often cloud cover too. That said, i havent had any trouble finding a frequency that works, but i will say sunny weather does seem to be the ideal condition for the best sound quality. Some days i just cant get rid of this "clicking" sort of sound, but "static" and "fuzz" arent really an issue. Ive never had a problem getting enough volume out of the stereo when using this product, even when using it without an external power source on a little alarm clock radio with the shower going. Power drain on the Nano when not connected to a power source does not seem to be excessive either. If youre interested in top quality sound in your car through your Nano, then you should obviously consider something more hard-wired. But if youre ok with a little bit of fine-tuning and positioning for very good sound on a highly portable and versitile product, id recommend the Belkin Tune FM. (FYI: When you pause the Nano and it turns itself off after a bit, the transmittor will turn it right back on and continue playing, despite the hold button.) :)
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2 out of 5

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Written By Jesse, Solon Springs, WI on Saturday, May 27, 2006
 
The sound quality is poor. Not enough power sending the signal. The only things good about it are that its designed nice and is wireless but going direct connect is the way to go.
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