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Macworld: Griffin intros Lapel Mic Multi-purpose Stereo Microphone

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, January 14, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

pic Capping off a string of announcements at this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo, Griffin Technology today announced the Lapel Mic, a multipurpose lapel microphone that offers stereo audio input for recording audio such as interviews and lectures. Griffin said that an iPod equipped with its iTalk voice recorder instantly becomes a mobile recording unit. “The Lapel Mic is a great new accessory for iPod owners everywhere, including reporters, broadcasters, presenters, and even students,” said Paul Griffin, president of Griffin. The Lapel Mic features a standard 3.5mm stereo mini-jack and a swivel clip for comfort and flexibility. It is available immediately for $14.99.

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Be nice if it came in black so as not to glow ethereally on your lapel while giving a presentation or something. I mean, I’m all over the whole white thing, but in this case at least, a non-white option would be swell.

Posted by bipto in Minneapolis, MN on January 14, 2005 at 1:51 PM (PDT)


I think it would only be great if we could actually record with QUALITY bitrates… it seems pointless to even use a stereo mic if the bitrate sounds like crap.

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on January 14, 2005 at 3:04 PM (PDT)


is this just a normal mic and you have to use italk with it or you can plug it directly into the ipod and start record?

Posted by frankthetank on January 14, 2005 at 3:28 PM (PDT)


whats special about this?

Posted by nutella825g on January 14, 2005 at 3:31 PM (PDT)


I thought the iPod was limited to mono recording.

Posted by Craig P. in San Diego, CA on January 14, 2005 at 4:48 PM (PDT)


“The Lapel Mic is a great new accessory for iPod owners everywhere, including reporters, broadcasters, presenters, and even students,” said Paul Griffin, president of Griffin.

Okay, that’s complete BS… the ipod recording bitrate is so unbeleivably crappy that i wouldn’t even use it to record armpit farts.

Posted by petro on January 14, 2005 at 7:14 PM (PDT)


Can someone confirm that this can acually record in stereo?? If not, what’s the point?

Posted by in Lincoln, UK on January 15, 2005 at 10:43 AM (PDT)


yeah, it records in stereo.  not sure on the bitrate though.  you gotta have a mic already to use the lapel mic though.  so first you gotta buy something like the iTalk, THEN you can use it. 

Posted by unoriginal on January 16, 2005 at 3:35 AM (PDT)


I wish they had come out with a mic that would just sit atop the iTalk.  There are plenty of lapel mics already. 

One more thing, if this mic isn’t powered (which I doubt it is), it will not work with the iTalk and the 4G iPod.  External mics have to be powered for the 4G, according to Griffin, and my own tests.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on January 19, 2005 at 6:42 AM (PDT)


Where does Griffin say the iTalk will only work with a 4G iPod with a powered external mic?

I have a 3G iPod and a U2 Special Edition, and I’ve gotten the iTalk to work with both with a non-powered lapel mic.

The 3G does give me slightly cleaner recordings, however.

Posted by atarat in Trinidad & Tobago on January 23, 2005 at 2:49 PM (PDT)


Ah. Young Padwan learners….this is where iPodLinux comes in.  Interesting that you don’t even need the iTalk to record.  Of course, I’m speaking theoretically…I haven’t tried this yet, as I’m awaiting a stable 4G version of Podzilla.

Posted by Eric Nentrup on August 24, 2005 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

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