Belkin TuneCast Auto with Clearscan for iPhone/iPod

I normally don't review non-computer accessories circuitREMIX, but I made an exception for Belkin's TuneCast Auto with Clearscan for iPhone/iPod. For one, iPods are hugely popular around the world and the new iPhone 3G is going to make a huge splash on July 11. As well, I personally own some iPods and I intend on buying an iPhone 3G when they're released. In my personal interest in the matter, I've had some trouble finding a good FM transmitter for my iPods. My car is from 2003, and that was before most cars came standard with auxilary input jacks for audio devices. It also doesn't have a cassette deck, and since I'm still using the OEM stereo, there isn't an easy way to install a direct cable input. Using an FM transmitter is my only easy option to get audio from my iPods to my stereo, and out the speakers.

As a little background, I was using a Griffin Technology car power adapter coupled with an iTrip on an iPod Click Wheel. This solution was working fine, then I had to get my iPod replaced. I got a basic second generation iPod nano. The iTrip and car power adapter worked fine, but the iTrip was designed with the body of the iPod Click in mind, so when I installed it on the nano, while the connector's were the same, it didn't fit the shape of the nano. I replaced the iTrip with a cheap iPod FM transmitter from DealsExtreme. It worked fine, although the connector was loose and kept on popping out if I accidentally touched it. Again, I lived with it.

The time came when I eventually got an iPod Touch. The FM transmitters I had semi-worked with it. First, when connecting them to the Touch, I would get a warning telling me that the accessory I was trying to use wasn't compatible with the Touch. Second, the transmitters used the screens of my Click and nano to adjust FM stations. On my Touch, the transmitters didn't have access to use the screen (probably since they aren't compatible accessories). So while the transmitters worked, they could only be used on the station they were previously set to... it couldn't be changed unless I changed it using my nano first. So with my iPod Touch, I was on a quest to find an FM transmitter that would allow me the change stations easily, charge my iPod while in use, has good build quality, and outputs good sound. Enter Belkin. I've owned some Belkin products in the past, and they were good products. It's a brand that's easily available at major retailers all around the world, and they had a product that appeared fit all my requirements: the TuneCast Auto with Clearscan. I contacted Belkin to see if I could give it a try. After a few emails with Jacqueline at Belkin, a TuneCast was on it's way to me. A big thanks to her and Belkin for making this review possible. Continue on to the next page for the review...

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I picked up my TuneCast Auto last Saturday, and have used it several times since then with my iPod Touch, and had few problems. Yes, I do pick up a bit of static here or there on some stations, and the Clearscan feature is next to useless. Example Anchor Text

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I have an iPod Touch 3rd

I have an iPod Touch 3rd Generation, and it doesn't work with it. Seeing as this is a new FM transmitter, you would think it would work with the latest iPod Touch. Very disappointing to say the least. Does anyone know if there is a way to make it work?

I was VERY disappointed in

I was VERY disappointed in the performance of the Belkin TuneCast 4 that I bought at Amazon and used with an Ipod Touch 1) The ClearScan Function DID NOT WORK AT ALL scanned the entire FM band then stopped at 107.9 (a Broadcast Station) 2) Audio Level was VERY LOW ... I had to position the Ipod within 4 inches of the car antenna to get it to work. 3) Static Level on Normal, PRO 1, and PRO 2 was HIGH ... Only the PRO monaural setting worked. 4) I had to set the volume level on the Ipod to MAXIMUM to get any signal out of the unit. If it is not placed on the dash of my F350 Ford Truck without me touching it and within 4 inches of the antenna, it will give MUCH STATIC. Too inconvienient for normal use. I contacted Belkin Support and their "Canned" answer was no help at all. BTW they said to hold the + and minus keys down for 15 seconds then unplug and restart. For me nothing changed! Still a piece of junk. Needless to say ... Its on its way back to Amazon!!!

I picked up my TuneCast Auto

I picked up my TuneCast Auto last Saturday, and have used it several times since then with my iPod Touch, and had few problems. Yes, I do pick up a bit of static here or there on some stations, and the Clearscan feature is next to useless. Pneumonia

I picked up my TuneCast Auto

I picked up my TuneCast Auto last Saturday, and have used it several times since then with my iPod Touch, and had few problems. Yes, I do pick up a bit of static here or there on some stations, and the Clearscan feature is next to useless. Smith CA car loan modification

I have to agree with this

I have to agree with this review, as my experience mirrors that of the reviewer almost exactly. I picked up my TuneCast Auto last Saturday, and have used it several times since then with my iPod Touch, and had few problems. Yes, I do pick up a bit of static here or there on some stations, and the Clearscan feature is next to useless, but overall I'd say it's a good product, worthy of a 7/10 in my opinion.

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