Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

Summary: The biggest announced new features in the new iPod touch (2nd generation) are that it now includes a built-in speaker and hardware volume controls – serious omissions from the first model are now addressed. What wasn't mentioned in Steve Jobs' presentation yesterday was that that the iPod touch now also supports a microphone via Apple's new headphones.

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Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classicThe biggest announced new features in the new iPod touch (2nd generation) are that it now includes a built-in speaker and hardware volume controls – serious omissions from the first model are now addressed. What wasn't mentioned in Steve Jobs' presentation yesterday was that that the iPod touch now also supports a microphone via Apple's new headphones.

Job's mentioned that Apple's new In-Ear Headphones (coming soon at US$79) and more traditional Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic (coming soon at US$29) would be recognized as a microphone for recording voice memos on the iPod nano (4G), but neglected to say anything about microphone support on other iPods.

The product page for the new earphones says that the microphone feature is also supported by the new iPod touch (2G) and classic (120GB):

The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation).

This is boon for iPod touch users that previously had to hack together an external microphone that could be used for VOIP applications such as Skype. MacRumors notes that Apple has said that it won't restrict Wi-Fi VOIP applications as long as they don't run over the iPhone's cellular networks. They also note that it could be a misprint and that the feature has not yet been confirmed by Apple.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobility

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  • Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

    Is the microphone headphones strictly for the 2nd gen
    ipod touch or will it work with 1st gen ipod touch?
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

    What is so special about the In-Ear set to make it worth $79?
    Cystrider
    • what's so special

      I think engadget or ilounge said they are dual driver - each earbud
      has both a woofer and tweeter. If so then that's a steal.
      fondy
  • skype?

    Does anyone have skype running on an iPod Touch yet? This is what I would love to have.
    lrknight
  • RE: Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

    Just downloaded the new nano and touch manuals and
    whereas the nano manual contains info/directions on
    recording voice memos there is no mention, whatsoever, on
    voice or recording or memos for the new touch!
    PaulyWally
  • RE: Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

    Gawd, I am so bored with stuff about
    iPods and iPhones..it is as if
    computers are now outre and that it is
    the era of toys rather than serious
    usable laptops and desktop machines
    that can actually do something other
    than listen to tracks and yak or
    surf..and yes, I do have an iPod but
    so? It is very shiny and holds lots of
    music and that covers it.. Now how
    about what is really important? Oh, I
    forgot, the new generation has no
    telephone numbers, are not polled as
    they no longer exist on a data base,
    do not surf on a computer, think that
    high fidelity comes out of an earbud
    and well, they are not offended as I
    am by crappy sound and awful pop
    musical taste. I think as that synthetic
    lifeform said in Blade Runner..Time to
    die...
    nfiertel
  • RE: Microphone support comes to the new iPod touch and classic

    It?s really great. I made my own
    microphone which I use when
    rehearsing in my choir.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=Bbnic23_Ucw

    (all letters in the above address must
    be included)

    Also Skype works fine with the free
    "fring" application
    iBjorn