• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Acceptable but not perfect

    • Written by from Prescott Valley

    I've had this thing for almost 7 months now, and it works fine. However I have found some quirks:

    1. Prone to overheating. I leave it in my car all day when I work and by the end of the day it's super toasty. I've had to rig up something to put it over the A/C vent to cool it off, and after a few minutes it's in working order. Now, I live in Arizona, where it's forgivable for devices to overheat in the car. But it overheats even when charging my iPhone! I need to have it over the A/C vent all the time for fear of it cutting out when I'm in the middle of jamming in traffic.

    2. Certain songs are heavily distorted. I don't know if it's the way the songs are coded but it tends to be the same songs every time. All one needs to do to rectify this is unplug it, plug it back in, and press play. Kind of a pain.

    3. It appears to be losing its ability to play clear music. Hi-hats and "s" sounds are accompanied by radio hiss, on any clear station. Not pretty and if it gets worse I'll probably be buying a new one.

    4. As others have noted I wouldn't recommend buying this if you live in a heavy urban area. Whenever I go to Phoenix it starts to fizz out with all the radio noise and I can't use it.

    Overall, a fairly good device, but keep these things in mind if you're planning on making this purchase.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Do Not Leave In A Hot (Or Cool) Car"

    • Written by from North wilkesboro

    This FM Transmitter works pretty well. I used it a bit less than a year and it worked about the same as any of the 4 FM transmitters I've owned. It was no better and no worse than the other brands I've used - which ranged from very cheap to rather expensive. This model in particular was fairly easy to use and I liked the button that instantly scanned for clear stations. Of course, station selection and availability of a static-free station are the keys to a good listening experience on ANY transmitter. I'm sure the available partner ClearScan App would make station selection easier, which is a huge plus for new (and old) owners. When I was using this model on daily basis, I wasn't aware of the App (or it wasn't available yet).

    One BIG Warning: Leaving this device in my car completely fried the display. Which, surprisingly, didn't happen in the middle of summer. It was wintertime when the display went out. I do live in the southern US, but my car stays in the shade most of the time. I've read that constantly leaving these devices connected to the car (in general) can damage them, but mine was only plugged in during use, so I don't believe that was the issue. I was browsing for a new transmitter when I saw this one available and thought, "Wow, how did that earn a place in the Apple Store?" - but now, with the App, I guess the display being fried is inconsequential. But still, I feel like it could possibly be unreliable. If the display doesn't last, how long before the whole thing stops working?

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works ok - but doesn't last long

    • Written by from La Jolla

    Been thru 2 of these in the last 2 years. sounds ok, but same issue - it starts falling apart after a few months. Kind of expensive to replace every 6-12 months at $70 a piece.

    I'm going to look for a better one next time.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Decent

    • Written by from Toronto

    I used this for 2 years before it stopped working and I will be buying another. I had used a different brand before this one that broke after 6 months.

    It's very easy to use and the sound quality is pretty good. Where I live there are certain intersections where I will always get static but those are the breaks I guess. I'm sure it would happen with any brand. I like that it is a decent length cord and you don't have to mount it to your car. Just my preference.

    I originally used it with my iPhone 4 and had to buy the lightening adapter when I switched to iPhone 5.

    All in all, a pretty decent buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work right out of box.

    • Written by from Topeka

    I'm lucky if I can get 4 minutes of staticky music out of this before it turns off for no reason.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So so

    • Written by from West Seneca

    It worked okay, I found I had to change the station depending on what part of town I was in to avoid static. Biggest disappointment was that it only lasted a year and 3 months before breaking.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from WOODLAND

    Not worth it, after a month I ended up needing to buy a different transmitter.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Gilbert

    I have purchased this item two times and the sound quality was great every time I used it. The only problem is the stability because the cords have broken both times, thats why I had to buy two of them. Other than that this is a good product.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works beautifully in Alaska

    • Written by from Anchorage

    I recently moved to Anchorage Alaska and this thing works great. I originally lived in New Jersey, and it did not work as well. You should really only buy this if you live in a more remote area with fewer stations.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They only work for about 6 months!

    • Written by from El Centro

    I'm on my second one! It very easily comes out of the iPhone socket. It doesn't lock in. For the few first months it stays in place but after a little bit of use (I don't even drive everyday!) it starts slipping off! I got my first for 80 dlls at the AT&T store. After 6 months I started to have to play with the cord in order for it work. Which was a pain!!! Luckily it was still under warranty with AT&T and they replaced it February of 2013. Well in August of 2013 I started having the same problem as the previous one. Constantly slipping out of the socket and it just so not worth the bother! I'm still out 80 bucks! It was 79.99 plus tax! Not worth it! I'm so disappointed!
    It slips out every 2 seconds and I have to play around with it in order to work. Bad product!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    • Written by from North Hollywood

    Horrible. I suppose this might work adequately if you live in an area with few radio stations, but in a city it is impossible to find a free frequency for more than 5 minutes. Doesn't work at all.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Great For Me

    • Written by from Rockville

    I have a Volvo XC90 without an auxiliary hook-up. I've tried every transmitter to listen to an Ipod on long trips and they all have pretty much sucked. I read the reviews on this device, but found a cheap enough version for sale on EBay that I figured it was worth a shot. Drove from Denver to central Illinois yesterday and was very impressed by this product. Every time I would start to hear any static, I would just hit the button on the device and it would find me a new station that worked like a charm. So easy. I'm curious to see how it works as I pass through the more urban Chicago area today, but am not as concerned as urban areas at least provide enough quality radio stations to listen to if the device doesn't work. Long story short, I highly recommend this device for a long trip.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not worth buying

    • Written by from auckland

    Bad quality of reception, lots of static. And fails just after the warranty finishes

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from MIDDLEBURG

    worked great for awhile but will no longer connect to iPhone get an error saying accessory not compatible with iPhone

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Mosier

    I've been using mine for more than 2 years now and love it. I live in a rural area (Eastern Oregon), so I have more open frequencies than an urban area would allow. An older review mentioned removing your car antenna. This seemed to help a lot, although now I can't listen to my local radio stations which are awful anyway. I drive a 2003 Jetta TDI.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So so

    • Written by from Brandon

    I'm not really sure what to say about the Belkin Tunecast. I'm on my second one. The first one I had was great; never had a problem with it. It had to be replaced because the connector got closed in the door and broke. I've had my second one for about a year now, and a month or so ago it stopped charging my phone, saying it wasn't compatible. Then it stopped finding stations for my iPod. So it's basically useless now. Looks like I'm about to purchase my third one simply because there isn't much of a selection to choose from.

    Why doesn't apple create one??

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    great..... when it works.

    • Written by from Geraldton

    I've had 2 of these. The first worked brilliantly then after about a year or so it just stopped working, I thought for $90 it'd have more life in it. None the less i was happy enough to fork out the cash for another one. The new one has been working for about 6 months and now has simply decided to work intermittently some days i'll get perfect uninterrupted sound. The next it simply works as a charger, the FM receiver just doesn't light up, (yet it still charges my phone) what's more frustrating is when it works then cuts in and out during songs. So I'll hear my tunes then static then my tunes, all the while still charging (so not a connection issue) so frustrating. I've spent $180, already i think i'll just change my car stereo to an ipod compatible one.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh yea.

    • Written by from SAINT LOUIS

    This one works well with my gen6 iPod.

    Can automatically scan for a FM channel that is open or weak enough to allow your iPod to play back thru the car's radio. A great feature when driving a long distance. Cable length is enough for me to route it in my center console keeping the clutter down. The 30 pin connector is very similar to the standard Apple cable allowing easy plugging/un-plugging. Good sound quality.

    I see where the lowest reviews are related to iPhone usage. I do not have an iPhone so I can't relate to those issues. All I can say is that this one works well for me with my iPod.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with iPhone 5 adapter

    • Written by from Brampton

    was great with my 3GS and iPod... but with the iPhone 5 adapter, it does not work as an FM transmitter, only works as a charger :(

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it for the 4/4S but what about 5?

    • Written by from Whittier

    This works great I've had several over the years. My last one quite working after two years I guess that's not too bad. I love it for my 4/4S but am thinking about buying an IPhone 5 and wonder if it will work with that one. Otherwise love it. Oh by the way I live way out in the country so I don't know about big city use but where I live and the medium size cities around me it works great.

    11 of 14 people found this useful