My first try was the iPod Radio adapter. It’s way too expensive at $50, but I got sucked into the whole “iPod is cool” thing and just had to plunk down the money. Good news: It gets good reception and I can switch the iPod if I can’t find something on the radio I like. Bad News: First is the UI. There is no way to save a station. You literally have to wind the center wheel until you get to the station. What a piece of crap?! Can’t save a station on a $50 radio?? Come on…no seriously, COME ON. Additional minor problem is the cord. It’s super long, so I had to twist tie it down. Why didn’t they just make the adapter? Why do they need a cord too?
Second try was a small cheap sony, similar to the radio I lost. At $16, I had little to lose. Good News: Very easy to set a station, hooray. Bad news: It only got 1 of the 3 stations without terrible static. Seriously?? It’s a radio, it’s not a space ship. It does one thing; get radio reception. I was shocked that it couldn’t pick up the stations clearly when the little one I lost did it just fine. I am biking to work, so the path is set. I am not traveling through some dead zone. Also on the negative side, the device is quite big; twice as big as the original one. Why does such a simple device need to be that large and still not get reception? Beats me.
So far, I don’t have a third try. It’s a bummer because this seems like such a simple thing. It’s amazing to me how so many things can be broken. Most products disappoint me. I hope the people who use the software I make have a better experience than my portable radio one.