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Turn Your iPod into an Audio Recorder

Posted October 23, 2008 12:00 AM by Kaplin

iPods are used to listen to music but with a simple accessory you can turn your favorite mp3 player into a portable audio recorder. Some people might not have a use for this feature, but for those that do it can be a lifesaver. Students can use it to record lectures so that they can focus on the class instead of writing notes. Journalists no longer have to carry around a separate audio recorder, or worry about running out of space. With one of these devices it is now simple to create your own podcasts.

iTalk Pro
Of the devices I've used, I would recommend the iTalk Pro by Griffin Technology. Unlike most audio recorders for the iPod, the iTalk Pro has two microphones so it can record in stereo. It's also very easy to get your recording off the iPod and onto your computer so you can save it for later use, burn it to a CD, upload to the internet, or even use samples you create in your music.

Belkin Voice Recorder
Belkin also makes an audio recorder accessory for the iPod. Although Belkin might be a more familiar name, this product seems to come up short in comparison with the iTalk Pro. It records in mono instead of stereo and only works with 2nd generation iPod nanos and 4th generation iPods.

Universal Microphone Adapter
Most iPod users don't know this, but there has been voice recording software built-in since 2003 with the release of iPod software version 2.1. The Voice Memos application isn't accessible unless you have a microphone connected. With Belkin's Universal Mic Adapter you can attach any microphone with a 3.5mm plug. The only drawback to this is it only works with 3rd generation iPods, so make sure yours is compatible before you get this.

Record Phone Conversations
You can also use the Universal Microphone Adapter to hook up your iPod to a Phone Recording device, and record phone calls off your cell phone. I'm not even going to get into the fun (trouble) you can have with this.

XtremeMac MicroMemo
I haven't used the MicroMemo, but it works with many of the newer generation iPods. One of the nice features of the MicroMemo is it includes a mini speaker, so you can listen to your recordings without needing headphones.

You can even use any of these iPod voice recorders to make clips for use in creating your own ringtones. I wouldn't use any of these devices to record my band's music as the quality wouldn't be high enough, but there are still many applications where these accessories are perfect. Are there any journalists or students out there who have used their iPod for recording audio? Let us know what you think.

Product Links:
Griffin iTalk Pro
Universal Mic Adapter for iPodĀ®
Wireless Phone Recording Controller

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10/23/2008 4:24 AM

not bad.

can diy.

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10/26/2008 5:24 PM

A mid-end cell phone does everything an I-Pod does and much, much more, and cost less than an I-Pod.

Including audio recording (16 hours on AMR, 4 hours on WAV)

Why bother ? for the 60 Giga disk?

I have a set of 8 Giga chips to interchange in their side-slot, which I mainly use for the camera anyway.

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10/23/2008 4:53 AM

Hello Kaplin

Marvellous devices for battery sales.

Those recorders look good.

Kind Regards....

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10/23/2008 3:26 PM

This Seems pretty cool...I love new things!!!

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10/24/2008 8:40 AM

Or you can save a ton of money by buying a non-Apple brand of MP3 player. Most of them come ready equipped for recording audio and some even have an FM radio built in.

Of course, if being fashionable is high on your needs list, ignore the above.

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10/24/2008 9:11 AM

I've heard this line of thinking before but the way I see it, there's a reason everyone goes with the iPod as opposed to other brands. They're just better... and believe me, I'm no Apple fanboy.

For years Apple would offer 60GB and 80GB iPods while most other brands capped out around 8GB.

Zune now has a 120GB model but still not as much capacity as my 160GB iPod. (At the time I bought my 160GB iPod, Zune didn't even have anything close to that capacity.) Creative and SanDisk's players seem to be stuck at 32GB.

So which players do you reccomend over an iPod?

That being said I would never pay for a DRM infested iTunes file.

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10/24/2008 10:23 AM

"So which players do you recommend over an iPod?"

Depends!!

Whatcha ya wanna do with it? I ask because that was my standard question when I lived in an alternate universe selling this kind of stuff for Radio Shack.

For basic mp3 playback, I always recommended Sandisk, for cost and quality. Yes, lower storage capacity but had the advantage of standard mp3. Also had the advantage of audio recording built in, no additional expense.

This was back when only iPod had video, so there was no choice in that area. I did advise iPod if video was desired but with the caveat that it would cost quite a bit to make it an audio recorder.

Of course, if the player was being purchased for a teen, there was no discussion about it. Only an iPod would do. Cost had no place in the discussion.

Hooker <- who just happens to own a Rokr iTunes phone and a Kindle that is also an MP3 player. Oh, almost forgot my GPS that is also an MP3 player.

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10/24/2008 11:53 AM

For me it's always been about capacity, capacity, capacity and until this generation no one was even close to Apple in that regards.

As for the smaller capacity iPods, you're right they are a ripoff.

16GB for $200 vs. 120GB for $250. Why would anyone get the 16GB? Sure they might be more durable but that's what warranties are for.

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