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Belkin announces Universal Microphone Adapter

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, March 1, 2004
News Categories: iPod Accessories

picYou can now achieve high quality recordings on your iPod player. By connecting your own external microphone via the Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter ($39.99) to your iPod, recordings of your conversations, lectures, interviews, or memos will be cleaner and clearer. You can also listen to these recordings with your headphones or powered speakers. This Adapter will begin shipping on March 17 in North America. The Universal Microphone Adapter connects to your iPod and to any audio microphone with a 3.5mm plug. You can use the iPod player’s abundant storage capacity to store hundreds of hours of audio, and easily review your audio notes using the built-in 3.5mm jack with headphones or your computer. Copy recordings to your computer for easy storage, editing, or to send in e-mail.

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21

Don’t worry,
Apple will surely address this with the next iPod.  I doubt it will be a video iPod, simply because they’ve only just begun to conquer the legal minefield of legal downloadable music, so downloading movies is a whole other hurdle.

But I think the next iPod will be a step forward in terms of functionality- freedom to record at any bitrate, freedom to delete tracks on the go, freedom to rename or re-order tracks.  All the stuff that would make the iPod a “pro-sumer” device instead of something with the brains of a Speak and Spell.

I think we’re still two years from a video iPod in my opinion.  Too many legal hurdles, too little technology (codecs and such).

JR

Posted by Jon Rosen on March 1, 2004 at 8:37 PM (PDT)

22

“records 16-bit audio at 8kHz”

Absolutely dispicable. What do they think the market is? A bunch of uneducated people who will pay a lot of money for crap like this? Oh wait…..

I’ll stick with my optical-in wav recording on my iHP thankyou.

Posted by Adam on March 1, 2004 at 9:57 PM (PDT)

23

Here are pair of cool Mic’s to go with it:


http://shop.voicerecognition.com/itemdesc.asp?Cc=&ic=SONY+ECM-DM5P


http://shop.voicerecognition.com/itemdesc.asp?Cc=&ic=SONY+ECM-Z60

Posted by Dan Patnode on March 2, 2004 at 12:25 AM (PDT)

24

I just wanted to say to everyone that’s dissin on bootleggers..

Alot of musicians are really friendly towards bootleggers and tape trading…

In fact, most of the musicians I listen to offer special “tapers tickets”. Without big fanbases trading shows, alot of these guys would never had made it..

Eric

Posted by Eric on March 2, 2004 at 6:28 AM (PDT)

25

I see no dissing bootleggers here.

It’s all speculation why Apple hasn’t allowed
16/44.1 yet.  There are holes in every
argument I’ve heard, such that I think
they just haven’t gotten around to it.

If that’s true, you should take 48KHz’s
advice, and give feedback!

Posted by zorg on March 2, 2004 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

26

does this work with 1g ipods

Posted by ari on March 2, 2004 at 2:37 PM (PDT)

27

No, 3G only. Doesn’t work on minis either, due to their less capable firmware.

Posted by wired on March 2, 2004 at 8:23 PM (PDT)

28

Love how this costs LESS than the battery pack.

Posted by Albert on March 3, 2004 at 9:07 AM (PDT)

29

8 hz? laughable.

16 bit, 44.1 hz WOULD be… dreaming of it is usless since Apple took yrs to add AAC support.

Posted by Stasyna on March 3, 2004 at 11:52 AM (PDT)

30

Hey Troll, i mean Adam,
Optical wav recording on your iHP? sounds cool. Why don’t you go start a thread about it on iHPlounge.com? tell the truth man, you’re just bitter that you blew your money on an inferior device aren’t you?

Posted by john on March 3, 2004 at 12:28 PM (PDT)

31

The iPod hardware is capable of high quality recording, and even MP3 encoding (according to PortalPlayer, the supplier of the iPod’s audio processor), however, its in the firmware that restrictions are made.

I’m looking forward to third party firmwares, as they can add in features without going through the unmovable object known as Apple. For example, rockbox (http://rockbox.haxx.se) transformed the Archos Jukebox 6000 series from paperweight to uber kewl by adding in so many new features and improving so many existing features. If they can do this for a player that’s ages behind the iPod (it has a 12mhz processor, when the iPod has dual 100 mhz), then imagine the possibilities of the iPod.

iPod - great hardware, but with buggy, restrictive, minimalist firmware.

Posted by Sraphim on March 3, 2004 at 6:14 PM (PDT)

32

yeah, rockbox is sweet. I used it when I had an archos 10 gig.  I kind of miss it :(

Posted by dave on March 4, 2004 at 12:37 PM (PDT)

33

If I buy an Ipod 40G player and by connecting my SONY stereo 907 Microphone via this adapter, what kinds of formats of the recording can I save as?

Can I save my concert recording as wave , 44.1 KHz or 48 KHz, CD quality files or MP3 files ?

And can I upload my recordings to my computer?

Thanks

Posted by MaoYong on March 15, 2004 at 2:11 PM (PDT)

34

If Apple can’t do 44.1 they could at least kick it up to 22050….

Posted by dbcn on March 23, 2004 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

35

Well, if they even can’t do 22050, they could at least kick it up to WMA 160Kbps/44.1KHz

Posted by maoyong on March 27, 2004 at 2:55 PM (PDT)

36

whaaa???  forget .wav AND .mp3 - I want AAC recording!  stupid iHP does WMA and OGG just fine. 

Posted by roesmoker on April 28, 2004 at 8:08 PM (PDT)

37

Apple had better get with the program. I’m an Apple enthusiast, but this lack of quality digital recording from analog line-in is going to affect my decision on whether or not to finally buy a ‘pod. For such a pricey gadget, this oversight or deliberate restriction seems terrible. I’m holding out ‘til the next MacExpo, and if improvements aren’t forthcoming… *sigh* it’ll just have to be a lousy MD recorder for me.

Posted by Techromancer on May 3, 2004 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

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