I feel as though I've pulled one over on the Apple folk. (tee heee -- don't tell them)
As I mentioned in my last comment in the iTrippin' thread, when it comes to iPods and digital cameras, there is the cost of the device, and then an amount roughly equal to that to buy accessories to actually use it. Apple has managed to convince its custsomers that power adapters are accessories. For some reason, their accessories tend to cost an average of $30.00 each.
The iTrip cost $40.00, and as I've posted, it's basically useless to me. I was considering buying a cassette adapter. Those are roughly $19.00; a bargain by Apple standards, BUT --Ha! Ha! I found out the cassette adapter to my Sony Discman also works, and works great! So there!
My daughter has the FM transmitter that works through the cigarette charger. I tried it, and it is definitely better than the dreaded iTrip. But I can't say it's better than the cassette adapater.
So for now, all is well in my happy little iPodland. I think I'll celebrate by downloading something from iTunes.