iPod recording almost here

Summary:I've been complaining about one of the biggest deficiencies in the iPod for a while now - audio recording.

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I've been complaining about one of the biggest deficiencies in the iPod for a while now - audio recording. The iPod is great at playing back music (although the interface is getting a bit tired) but it lacks in its ability to record.

Before the dock-connector iPods were announced there were several methods of capturing audio with external adapters from Belkin and Griffin. Since the switch to the new iPod design, which lacks the four-pin remote port that third-parties attached to, there has been very little progress on this front.

Recording to an iPod has countless uses from capturing lectures, conferences and interviews to recording live music and podcasts. Luckily this dearth of recording accessories is finally about to end.

XtremeMac's highly-anticipated MicroMemo voice recorder attachment for the iPod is scheduled to begin shipping in early July and they lowered the price to US$60. With MicroMemo you'll be able to record 16-bit audio at 22kHz and 44kHz with a single click. If you detach the included microphone you can connect any microphone with a 3.5 mm plug. It also features a
built-in speaker for instant playback without the need for headphones.

No word yet on Belkin's TuneTalk voice recorder, but Engadget reports that it will be available "this month" for around US$70.

Am I the only one that thinks that recording to an iPod is cool? Would you use it?

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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