The iTrip is a love it and hate it kind of device. In other words: everyone who buys it initially loves it then after a while hates it. In a nutshell, the theoretical ingenuity never seems to live up to the prerequisite audio clarity. Still, if you own an iTrip and for some reason still like it or – as it more likely – have never owned one and think it sounds ‘cool’ then you’ll be pleased to know a model has now been made available for the PSP.
Rather practically dubbed the ‘iTrip PSP’, it performs exactly the same ridiculously contentious role it has long performed on every incarnation of iPod since Apple began: it transmits audio from your device to a user specified FM frequency allowing a car or house radio to be tuned in for easy listening.
Problem one is that the UK government still ludicrously outlaws this device (though it is widely available online) calling it a form of pirate radio and secondly iTrips work best when within 10 feet of the stereo and tuned into a blank frequency. Something rather difficult to find in a moving vehicle or when living near to any urban centre.
That said, the new PSP edition does at least cover the full range of FM frequencies (88.1 to 107.9MHz) and has a ‘high stability crystal oscillator’ and built in antenna to hopefully improve the reception problems that have plagued previous models. Against this the iTrip PSP requires two AA batteries, one more than is needed for the iPod edition and two more than the version for the nano which runs off the player’s own power source.
The iTrip PSP is out now with an RRP of $49.99 and everything I’ve just said will be totally ignored by enthused iTrip virgins while the rest of us will knowingly nod our heads in agreement and mutter Hmmmmmn under our breath.