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Belkin shows renamed Podcast Studio as GoStudio iPod recorder

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, July 10, 2008
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Belkin has introduced its GoStudio portable audio recorder for iPod, which was previously shown at Macworld Expo under the name Podcast Studio, and was a recipient of our Best of Show award. The GoStudio features the ability to record directly to an attached iPod in 16-bit, 44kHz digital audio quality, and can instantly play back recordings through its built-in speaker. Additional features include two combo microphone inputs (XLR and 1/4”), a 3.5mm mini-jack microphone input, two built-in omni-directional stereo microphones, a master level control, tripod mount, and direct monitor volume control. The Belkin GoStudio for iPod is compatible with the second- and third-generation iPod nano, fifth-generation iPod, and the iPod classic, and will be available this fall for $120.

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I don’t see why Belkin is committed to this product line.  I can understand accessories that plug directly into the iPod, such as the xtrememac MicroMemo (I own one of these for my 5G iPod); but there are a number of manufacturers who are making small digital audio recorders that record onto removable media (SD cards) such as the Zoom H4.  Granted, these digital recorders cost more (about $300 the last time I checked), but they also include internal microphones in addition to multi-track recording and XLR and 1/4 jacks.

Furthermore, with iPod recordings, you still need to drag them out of iTunes and into another sound editing option before making a track “distribution ready.”

And finally, putting out a new device that doesn’t include integration with the Touch or iPhone is really a questionable business decision.

I wish them well, but this is a product line doomed from the start.

Posted by Doctor on July 11, 2008 at 3:11 PM (PDT)

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“...but they also include internal microphones…” (Doctor)

“Additional features include two combo microphone inputs (XLR and 1/4”), a 3.5mm mini-jack microphone input, two built-in omni-directional stereo microphones, a master level control, tripod mount, and direct monitor volume control.”

You missed that bit?

It is still compatible with other iPods, including the current Classic - not everyone has/likes the iPod touch or iPhone.
I actually thought this was a great design when I saw it in January and hope it does well.

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on July 11, 2008 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

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