iPod Wishlist: audio input

iPod Wishlist: audio input

Summary: There's a hot rumor floating around that Apple is planning to release a "true video iPod" soon with a large 3.5-inch display with a virtual clickwheel that appears on screen when needed then fades away when not. All that's well and good but there's something more practical that I want: high-quality audio capture.

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ipod_video_6g_mock.jpgThere's a hot rumor floating around that Apple is planning to release a "true video iPod" soon with a large 3.5-inch display with a virtual clickwheel that appears on screen when needed then fades away when not. All that's well and good but there's something more practical that I want: high-quality audio capture.

Apple's tech specs for the iPod with video list the following under "Voice recording settings":

- Low (22.05 KHz, mono)
- High (44.1 KHz, stereo)

According to the iPod Dock Connector User Guide you can record voice memos using an optional iPod-compatible microphone "available for purchase at www.apple.com/store." No such Apple microphone exists.

The latest (5G) iPods allow you capture a full 44.1 KHz, stereo audio signal but no one's given us a way to take advantage of this feature. iPod linux allows you to capture audio but it only installs on first, second, and third generation iPods.

There's a number of reasons why you'd want to record audio to your iPod:

- Recording lectures, classes or interviews
- Live field recording
- Podcast recording

The previous ways to get audio into the iPod: the iTalk from Griffin Technology and the Universal Mic Adapter from Belkin, were designed for the iPods with a remote port which means that they won't work with newer 5G (or dock connector) iPods. Although Griffin is mum on their plans to create an iTalk for the dock connector iPods two iPod recording options are in the works from Belkin and XtremeMac.

Belkin announced the TuneTalk at CES which replaces their Universal Mic Adapter and works with the newer iPod's dock connector. TuneTalk (price TDB) features two directional microphones and a speaker for instant playback. A line-in jack allows you to connect an external microphone. XtremeMac's MicroMemo (US$80) records 16-bit audio via an included, removable microphone or any compatible microphone with a 3.5mm plug.

I can't wait to test the new recorders from Belkin and XtremeMac but what I really want to see is an all-in one adapter with an XLR port, phantom power and a preamp so that I can connect a true high-end microphone. And naturally it needs to come white and black.

What do you want in your next iPod? 

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  • iPod Wishlist: audio input

    One of Apple's competitors to the iPod has the virtual touch screen so it should be interesting to see who claims who invented it first. I saw it at Best Buy on Saturday, but darned if I can remember the manufacturer or model of the unit.

    As for what I want added to the ipod, can't think of anything off hand.
    Loverock Davidson
    • I do like the idea of a larger screen model....

      But once that happens it does open up questions as to what's
      next?

      The iPod if famous some might say infamous for keeping
      features limited and as a result avoiding CLUTTER.

      However with the advent of a larger screen, and perhaps wi/fi
      might a Safari like Browser be for behind? Especially if the
      virtual wheel can be used in some fashion to control/surf the
      web?

      Pagan jim
      Laff
      • Me too

        The larger screen will be welcomed, especially for those watching video on the ipod. Hopefully it will have a longer battery life also. Wifi would be awesome on one of these, I was wondering if they were going to do some type of blue tooth for wireless headphones. These may already be out. But wifi would be pretty cool. The ipod already has some PDA like features like the calendar, notes, and contacts, so its a good possibility of including wifi in the future and the ipod becoming the pda of choice.
        Loverock Davidson
        • No need for Apple "innovation"

          All you desire has been here for over a year in the iPaq (or any other fairly recent PocketPC)
          - larger screen? check
          - video? check
          - audio? check
          - wifi? check
          - bluetooth? check
          - PDA features? check
          - no need to pay Apple tax? check!!!

          About the only thing you lose is the Apple snob factor but I'm willing to live with that for all the added functionality I get with my iPaq. Besides, I painted my headphones with whiteout so most people think I'm a cool iPod sheep anyway! :)
          NonZealot
          • Hah!

            The last line cracked me up. But does the iPaq hold 20 gigs of data? And what is the price difference between an ipod and an ipaq? I don't know since I never owned an ipaq, which is why I'm asking.
            Loverock Davidson
          • Check them out

            http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/generic_subcategory.do?storeName=storefronts&landing=storefronts&category=handhelds&subcat1=classic_performance&catLevel=2
            http://www.apple.com/ipod/

            For $299 you can have a 30GB iPod or the base iPaq which has wireless (but no bluetooth). Buy a 1GB ($70) or 2GB ($99) SD card and you have enough for many hours of music or a couple hours of video. So you lose the ability to put ALL of your stuff on your portable player but you gain wireless and a really great mobile OS.

            If all you want is a music player, you are better off getting an iPod. I knew I needed good PDA functionality and I didn't want to carry 2 units on my belt so I chose the iPaq and I've been extremely happy with it.
            NonZealot
          • "sure"..

            [i]"So you lose the ability to put ALL of your stuff on your portable player but you gain wireless and a really great mobile OS."[/i]

            Which is APPARENTLY what the consumer doesn't want!
            DUH!!! Guess you took your j*ckoff pills early today, eh?..

            [i]"If all you want is a music player, you are better off getting an iPod. I knew I needed good PDA functionality and I didn't want to carry 2 units on my belt so I chose the iPaq and I've been extremely happy with it."[/i]

            Good for you son. Too bad everyone else hasn't seen the "light" yet. Maybe perhaps all the general public wanted WAS a mere music player, and not a toothbrush/shaver/buttscrubber/mp3player.
            Haven't you learned yet: more "features"=more complication=more needless headaches.
            5th Limb in the Kisser
          • For a..

            .."nonzealot", you sure do rabblerouse and flame and instigate endlessly. It's OK, we know this is your only outlet in life.
            I won't "out" you, don't worry. Like Nietzsche once said, isn't a wounded ego the mother of all tragedies? Your childlike-ness needs to be protected. It is not capable of surviving on its own..;-)
            5th Limb in the Kisser
          • you actually quoted nietzche?

            dude, any1 that talks like you do REALLY lacks a life... i mean, nietzshe? and please, PLEASE, out me, i dont want to have to read you pointlessly idiotic and insulting posts
            Glucker
          • Hmmm

            [i]Your childlike-ness needs to be protected.[/i]

            While I would love to defend my level of maturity, something tells me that debating someone whose handle is "5th Limb in the Kisser" would be a waste of everyone's time.

            Have fun talking "dirty" with your little friends!
            NonZealot
          • iPaq is different, not better

            i agree that iPaq's have more functionality, but they suffer greatly when it comes to battery life,listening to music, it's be drained in 2-4 hours, but with a nano I can listen for 12 hours on a single charge, which is good if, like me, you travel over seas alot

            Also iPaq's are pretty fragile, and the screen doesnt go anywhere near as bright or as clear as an iPod video
            Glucker
    • Well then..

      [i]"I saw it at Best Buy on Saturday, but darned if I can remember the manufacturer or model of the unit."[/i]

      Apparently you weren't too 'wowed' then, eh?..;-)
      5th Limb in the Kisser
  • iPod fine as is!

    I want something which will play my music, period...
    The iPod is a success because of one thing, SIMPLICITY, it is a beautiful example of form meeting function.
    If Apple adds much more they should call it something else, the vPod or the ePod, but continue to sell iPods. Feature creep is and enemy of ingenuity!
    An_Axe_to_Grind
  • Can you say 'scratch me'?

    If you thought the iPod nanos had scratch problems, just wait ;-).

    Look, if a device is this big, the controls just have to be on the side. Nobody wants a scratched up screen.
    george_ou
    • Controls? You just don't get the iPod do you?

      Controls, Buttons, levers, etc...etc....BAH! That is the beauty of the
      iPod no buttons, levers or switches. Keeping that in all future iPod
      upgrades is KEY! No keyboards.....just more stinking buttons.

      Now scratches are a concern of course so I don't think Apple will
      over look that do you? Nope I think they will have that upper most
      in their mind.

      Pagan jim
      Laff
      • these people want..

        ..an all in one portable, pocketable computer.
        WE don't want that! We want simplicity, easy usability, etc.
        Machines, like people, become too complicated when they try to offer to many "features".
        I don't want an all-in-one minibox. I want a device I can hit two buttons on that will play some Metallica!!! :-)
        5th Limb in the Kisser
  • Input method

    I think the iPod needs a way to input information into the contacts, addresses, and calendar. Basically, allow for a 3rd party thumb-board (mini-keyboard) for inputing text.

    That would almost eliminate my need for a separate PDA (except for the mobile internet access).
    dcdavis
    • I remember when the PDA firs came out and I thought

      "cool" but for all this time I never could think of a reason or use for
      one, and I so did want a good reason to get one..sigh.

      In the end I don't mind if the iPod adds functionality as long (and
      this is key) it remains an iPod. Which means NO BUTTONS!!!!
      Levers or switchs.


      Pagan jim
      Laff
  • Full size USB port

    I'd love an iPod (or any handheld computer) with a full size USB port. This way I could attach a keyboard and takes notes with it. A full size USB port would allow me to choose any USB keyboard. There are a lot of reasonably priced small keyboards, but they don't seem to connect to any handheld computer because they don't have a regular USB port. The most they seem to have is a mini-USP port, which doesn't help.
    shmuel67
  • Regular USB port

    I'd love an iPod (or any handheld computer) with a full size USB port. This way I could attach a keyboard and takes notes with it. A full size USB port would allow me to choose any USB keyboard. There are a lot of reasonably priced small keyboards, but they don't seem to connect to any handheld computer because they don't have a regular USB port. The most they seem to have is a mini-USP port, which doesn't help.


    shmuel67