Belkin TuneCast Auto Live

Belkin TuneCast Auto Live

$69.95

2.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 35 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    Belkin's TuneCast Auto Live uses the ClearScan Live App to provide the best FM scanning technology at the push of a button, along with station recommendations from other TuneCast Auto Live users in your area based on your GPS coordinates.

  • Highlights

    • iPod- and iPhone-compatible
    • ClearScan technology scans for the clearest frequency and best audio quality at the push of a button
    • ClearScan Live application available for free download from the App Store in iTunes
    • Control FM transmission and music from your iPhone screen
    • Two programmable preset buttons
    • High-contrast LCD display for easy viewing
    • Charges through your car's 12-volt lighter outlet
  • Did you notice?

    Belkin’s TuneCast Auto Live is the only FM Transmitter with GPS-Assisted Station Locator.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Conveniently play music from your iPhone or iPod in the car.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Belkin TuneCast Auto Live
    • User manual
  • Tech Specs

    • Other Features: Charging, Preset Buttons, Station Scanning
    • Height: 14.4 in./36.6 cm
    • Width: 2.62 in./6.7 cm
    • Weight: .16 lb./72.57 g
    • Length: 1.03 in./2.6 cm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: F8Z498-P
    • UPC or EAN No.: 722868787595

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: One-year limited

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Works well within limits

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    This product works well as long as you are in an area with open frequencies. You won't find an open frequency in a large city lik This product works well as long as you are in an area with open frequencies. You won't find an open frequency in a large city like Toronto.

    I have an older car without an AUX input so this is really my only way to play the iPod/iPhone through the car stereo and I have found it worked on long trips, but not for every day driving around the city.

    • Written by from Toronto

    191 of 212 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works well within limits
  • Frustration

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    It is consistently staticy and sometimes wont even stay on. So expensive for the quality

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    158 of 175 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Frustration
  • Doens' work!!

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish i could return and take my money back! Does not work most of the times and when it does the sound quality is bad! I would r I wish i could return and take my money back! Does not work most of the times and when it does the sound quality is bad! I would rather pay double and have a reliable (as promised at least) system than system!

    • Written by from ATHENS

    143 of 158 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Doens' work!!
  • Acceptable but not perfect

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    • Written by from Prescott Valley
    Was this useful? Acceptable but not perfect
  • "Do Not Leave In A Hot (Or Cool) Car"

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 transmitte 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?

    • Written by from North wilkesboro
    Was this useful? "Do Not Leave In A Hot (Or Cool) Car"
  • Works ok - but doesn't last long

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 expensiv 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.

    • Written by from La Jolla
    Was this useful? Works ok - but doesn't last long

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