Dec 11, 2006

Low-power FM transmitters for MP3 players now legal 

Just in time for Christmas!

Fed up with not having your entire music collection available in your car despite all the effort to get your CDs onto your MP3 player?

There has been a solution around for a while in the form of 'low-power FM transmitters'. These plug into the headphone socket on your MP3 player. You then tune the transmitter to an unused FM frequency and then tune your car radio to the same frequency and hey-presto - you have your own mini radio station right there with you.

The only problem up until now has been that these transmitters, despite only having a very short range, have actually been illegal in the UK. That doesn't mean that you haven't been able to buy them, but you did run the risk of being prosecuted (not that anyone has of course).

With the change in law through the Wireless Telegraphy Regulations 2006 that risk has now been removed.

So if you're still looking for something both a little different, new and actually useful for this years Christmas, then these devices are an ideal option.

GadgetSpeak member and contributor 'bigal' has reviewed two such products - the 'Griffin iTrip FM transmitter' and the 'Cygnett GrooveRide FM Transmitter for MP3 players'. He was in no doubt about the better product.

If you've tried any other products in this area then please come and share your experiences with other members.


    Hi, what about in the rest of the EU??Do u know if it's still ilegal?Does anybody know the power and range limit?

thank u very much

Comment by Cristian - Feb 5, 2008 22:36

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