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Macworld: Griffin iTalk Voice Recorder coming in April

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, January 5, 2004
News Categories: iPod Accessories

Griffin Technology has posted details about its upcoming iTalk Voice Recorder for iPod. The iTalk mounts to iPod via the headphone port and can record seminars, meetings, classes, notes in your car, songs, etc. - up to 100 feet away. “Its built in microphone was designed to record crystal clear audio and iTalk’s Automatic Gain Control assures you have the best possible signal level recorded. You can even connect an external microphone directly to iTalk for even more recording options. iTalk includes a pass-through headphone jack that allows you to monitor your voice recording, or simply listen to your music without having to remove iTalk again. You can also download your recordings to your computer to play back, but iTalk’s speaker is so good you may not have to.” Griffin is expecting to ship the iTalk in April 2004 for $34.99.

Press Release

Griffin Unveils iTalk Voice Recorder for iPod

Exclusive features include external mic input and headphone pass-through

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 6, 2004. Just in time for Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Griffin Technology, Inc, innovator of exciting accessories for iPod like the iTrip, today announced the iTalk Voice Recorder for the iPod. 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. The iTalk retails for $39.99 but has a preorder special price of $34.99 until it begins shipping in April. Pre-orders are being accepted at

With iTalk connected to an iPod, users can record literally thousands of hours of seminars, meetings, classes, and other events up to 100 feet away. Its built in microphone was designed to record crystal clear audio and provides Automatic Gain Control that assures the best possible signal level. For even higher quality recordings users can connect an external microphone directly to iTalk via a mini-jack connection on top of the unit.

The iTalk can play back recordings through its very capable integrated speaker. In fact, it is loud enough to be clearly heard across an office or in a car - making it a great solution for listening to audio books or sharing the playback of an event. But iTalk also includes a pass-through headphone jack that allows monitoring of voice recording, or simply to listen to music without having to remove iTalk from the iPod. Users can also download recordings to their computer for playback or archiving.

Pricing & Availability

The iTalk Voice Recorder for iPod will be on display at the Griffin Technology booth (#2033) at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco January 6-9. It will also be featured at CES in Las Vegas at the ShowStoppers Media Reception January 8. It is priced $39.99 USD and will begin shipping in April 2004. Preorders are now being accepted at the special price of $34.99 at

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This is exciting. I own the Belkin unit, and it is a complete waste of money. It records for crap, and today it actually crashed my ipod and now I can’t seem to play music and it freezes for minutes on end in certain menus. Now if I can just remember how to cold boot this thing….

Posted by Luxo on January 6, 2004 at 5:39 PM (PDT)


is the iTalk Stero or Mono? What abou the external mic thing?

Posted by Bobby Sakaki on January 7, 2004 at 4:01 PM (PDT)


It has to be Mono because the headphone input only allows mono, the bottom connector could provide stereo, but no one has come out with a mic for it yet.

I don’t understand the hundered feet away claim. It seems that if the sound is loud and far away you would still catch it, and if it was soft you would not. So I don’t believe that this mic will record a pin dropping 2 feet away, just like I don’t believe it could miss a rocket taking off 1 mile away. it just seems like marketing hype.

Posted by Jim McClarty on January 7, 2004 at 4:33 PM (PDT)


The iTalk web page indicates shipping in mid-April, which is now.  Has anyone heard any details on a real shipping date?

Posted by John R. Daily on April 19, 2004 at 2:07 PM (PDT)

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