How to tune your iTrip
Yes. This is due to the fact that the station files are basically dummy songs. Because of this, it’s not possible to keep them from showing up in the “songs” listing on the iPod. Therefore, if you play the iPod in shuffle mode, these station files will manage to pop up during playback. There are two ways around this-
You can delete the files from the iPod after the iTrip is correctly tuned, but that keeps you limited to using just one radio station. If you do any kind of traveling, you’ll eventually run into an area that is using the same frequency on the radio. Obviously, this method is probably not going to work for a lot of our customers. The better solution would be to create a Smart Playlist in iTunes, that will automatically update itself. In iTunes, simply create a New Smart Playlist with the three fields: ARTIST, DOES NOT CONTAIN, GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY. This will, of course, create a playlist that excludes the station files, but if LIVE UPDATING is checked on, will always include any new music obtained by the user. Simply start the iPod up on this new playlist and you’ll be able to keep the music going nonstop!
Please start by downloading and installing the latest software from our website.
Once the software is installed you should have a playlist titled “iTrip Stations” in the Source list on the left side of the iTunes window. You need to sync your iPod with iTunes to transfer those files. Apple’s website has a tutorial on how to transfer music here.
Once the stations are transferred to the iPod you can follow these steps to tune the iTrip.
- Turn the volume on the iPod all the way up.
- Navigate to the iTrip Station Playlist. Choose the station you want with the center “select” button.
- The file is only about 5 seconds long. When your iPod gets about halfway through playing the file, the iTrip will be flashing rapidly. Tap the pause button to stop playback.
- You should see 3-4 slow blinks. This means the two devices are now communicating. The static on the radio should get quiet and your iPod should still be paused. You can now go back and play a song.
First, reset the iPod by holding down the Menu and Select buttons (Menu and Play/Pause buttons on the 3G iPod and earlier) at the same time for about 5-10 seconds until you see the Apple logo appear.
Once it displays the main menu again, connect the iTrip to the iPod, play a song and make sure that the volume on the iPod is set between 50% – 70%. The red light should come on.
This is the most important step, that’s why we made the video on the main iTrip support page.
Note: You must have the iTrip software installed before beginning this part.
In case, you are in a hurry or have a slow connection here are the steps:
- Navigate to the iTrip Station Playlist.
- Highlight the station you want the iTrip to broadcast on.
- Tap the Center Select button.
- When the red light begins blinking rapidly press the Play/Pause button.
- The red light will continue to blink rapidly for a second then you will see three to four slow blinks.
- Use the Menu button to navigate back to your favorite artist.
- Use the Center Select button to select one of their songs.
- Turn your radio on and tune to the iTrip’s new station.
By “Tap” we mean press once and let go. Many people will hold down the button, when really they should just press once and let go.
When you first turn on the iPod and play a song at 70 percent volume level, you should see the iTrip blink 3 times slowly, and then light up solid. However, if it does not remain lit up, you’ve probably accidentally played the LED OFF file at some point. (This is one of the files located in the iTrip Stations Playlist). This file will actually turn the LED off, which obviously can cause quite a bit of confusion if you are trying to retune the iTrip. Simply navigate to the iTrip Stations Playlist, and play the file called LED ON. The iTrip will start blinking rapidly, which will be your cue to pause the iPod. The iTrip will then blink 3 times slowly, and then light up solid. At this point, you can go back and retune the iTrip to the desired radio frequency, if needed, using the regular tuning steps.
We have a web-based Station Finder called SmartScan. You can check it out here.
Unfortunately, there is no Vista compatible iTrip installer. However, all the station files you’ll need are in the iTrip Station files – Europe – V1.0.0 download on the iTrip support page.
Once you’ve downloaded those files, create a playlist in iTunes called iTrip Stations and add the files you’ve downloaded to that playlist. Finally, sync your iPod and move that playlist to your iPod.