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Griffin iTalk voice recorder for $37.75

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2004
News Categories: Deals

“The Think Different Store has in-stock the iTalk Voice Recorder for iPod. The iTalk retails for $40.00 and is on sale till June 8th for $37.75. This stylish matching accessory snaps directly on top of the iPod and turns it into a fully functional voice recorder and playback device. In addition to it’s superior built in microphone and internal speaker; the iTalk has a connector that supports both headphone monitoring and the use of an external microphone.”

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1

wait.. so i save a whole $2.25!? 

wow thank you ipodlounge for this finding this BARGIN

Posted by jperry on June 2, 2004 at 8:37 AM (PDT)

2

Haha. Yeah, just what I was thinking.

Posted by Squibbles on June 2, 2004 at 9:18 AM (PDT)

3

it amazes me when people are so negative about the news psoted here… even though the site is free, there is tons of ipod info and yet they post news about saving some money and announcing the availability of a product and all they can do is be sarcastic… shame…

Posted by homepod on June 2, 2004 at 10:20 AM (PDT)

4

easy there.  im not dissin the site.  i love this place - that’s why i visit *duh*.  i just think it’s a little ridiculous to post something about saving 2.25.  but other than that, good work ipodlounger.

Posted by jperry on June 2, 2004 at 10:45 AM (PDT)

5

well i will give it to ya its not a huge savings but to griffin it will mean tons of new sales….many customers who would not have seen their product or bought it for 40 dollars would be willing to spend 37 for .....marketing and advertising baffel me!!!!

Posted by rivlinm on June 2, 2004 at 12:48 PM (PDT)

6

OWC has em for $ 31.99.

Posted by mangoman on June 2, 2004 at 3:57 PM (PDT)

7

i bought one of these… i feel ripped off. what a cheap piece o crizzap!

Posted by bugbiteme on June 3, 2004 at 9:01 AM (PDT)

8

well, i don’t know if this still works, but the belkin voice recorder is more expensive but if you use coupon code 12345 [it was posted here a while back] that’s cheaper than this and its basically the same thing. i don’t know if the code works anymore.

Posted by draell on June 3, 2004 at 3:04 PM (PDT)

9

Don’t know about the Griffin but the Belkin gizmo was the most pathetic piece of garbage i ever came across.  it managed to translate English into street Martian.  You want perfect clarity in a voice recorder, spend your thirty seven bucks on a Sony tape device.

Posted by Titus A. Duxass on June 4, 2004 at 2:36 PM (PDT)

10

i agree (about money better spent on a tape recorder). i even wrote griffin to see if my iTalk was defective… two weeks later, still waiting for a response.  SAVE YOUR MONEY. seems that griffen likes to over exagerate the quality if their products.

Posted by bugbiteme on June 10, 2004 at 2:54 PM (PDT)

11

Can anyone tell me if there is Griffen italk for the mini?  Thanks

Posted by Col. B on July 4, 2004 at 9:42 PM (PDT)

12

yo is the griffin italk better than the belkin voice recorder or should i avoid both?

Posted by jonnie on August 24, 2004 at 7:29 PM (PDT)

13

Hey there,

I was wondering if the Griffin iTalk is better at recording sound and music than the Belkin microphone adaptor?  That is if I used a good microphone as the recording device for both of them.

Posted by Jack on August 28, 2004 at 1:29 AM (PDT)

14

Is there any way to increase the recording from 26k to 56 at least?
Griffin say it is iPods Preferances that ristricts the product not Griffin

Posted by BigJR on September 19, 2004 at 11:53 PM (PDT)

15

Ok..so I just recorded my inaugural lecture with the Griffin iTalk.  I have to agree with the above comments that the sound quality was far from good, despite the fact that I sat in the front row, with no other person next to me.  However, considering it records directly into the iPod, and thus saving tons of hassle, and making the audio immediately listenable along side your previously stored audio, it is good enough to be useful as a classroom tool if you’re aware of its limitations.

However, I was just floored with the power usage.  What on earth causes this little device to suck so much power?  After recording for an hour and twenty minutes, it had burned half the strength of my battery.  Even if I save the battery only for recording, it will barely last through my days with 4 and a half hours of lectures.

Griffin has conveniently left recording time off of its technical spec page.

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/italk/techspecs.php

What are you guys to make of this?  If the power burn rate is so great, couldn’t they have added a AAA battery slot to take some weight off the iPod’s internal battery? 

US

Posted by Usagi Slayer on September 27, 2004 at 2:30 AM (PDT)

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A salesman at Griffin Technologies tells me you can count on about 1/3 of normal battery time when using the iTalk, because the iPod hard drive has to be kept spinning all the time you are recording. That suggests that without an external battery you’ll be rather limited as to recording time. (BTI says they don’t yet know whether the iPod Battery ii will work with the iPod photo.)

There is no play-through function with the iTalk; if you plug in a headset, you will either be listening to what is already on the hard drive or else recording through the headset itself. *No* play-through.

Posted by charmii on November 22, 2004 at 12:28 PM (PDT)

17

Wait if you have an italk (i do) and you know after you record for the first time you have a new option in “extras” called “voice memos” can you just plug in an external microphone without the belkin adapter and record?

Posted by ihavanipod in none on March 22, 2005 at 11:52 AM (PDT)

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