Saturday, April 21, 2007

Waste of Money

A few weeks ago, Mark G. posted about waste of money that is the Scrubbing Bubbles shower cleaner. Here's how I wasted my money:

I bought an iTrip FM transmitter for the iPod. Since both of our cars predate the iPod, neither one is hard wired to play it. There are dozens of different iPod transmitters out there, but I bought this particular one because it's compact and wireless. It cost a little more, but--silly me--I figured if I spent a little money, I'd be getting a better model. It didn't quite work out that way.

First off, the iTrip doesn't easily pick up a signal. An empty FM frequency is needed, and those are hard to come by in the greater Phoenix area. But I do occasionally get one, and if I turn the volume up really loud, I can get decent reception. Until yesterday.

While driving home, the iTrip just up and quit. I went from listening to Carly Simon at moderate volume to a sudden blast of loud static. And since I didn't have any CDs on me, I was forced to listen to commercial radio for the rest of the car ride.

On the bright side, I can still listen to the iPod on my very primitive, wired cassette adapter. That thing works 100 times better than the iTrip. But I still have this worthless iTrip, and $50 less in my pocket.


Menchie said...

I've got an iTrip too and so far am pretty satisfied with it. I have it configured to 87.5 and don't have too many problems with static except when driving through an area where there is a very strong radio station signal.