Just a quick question. When recording lectures, do you have to hold the ipod and point it at the person speaking? Or can it just sit on table and record? Just curious. Thanx

Posted by Jeff on August 9, 2004 at 2:54 PM (PDT) Comment 61

The complaints against a speaker of this size are absolutely ludicrous. Listen to any laptop speaker at twice the size, and suddenly it sounds allot better. Also complaining about the iPod being of poor quality simply because the iTalk doesn’t act as a speaker for you is silly. Its hypocritical to call the iPod unreliable, and then turn around and talk about moving to another player. Lets see how long it takes the Dell DJ to piss you off if the iPod isn’t high enough quality for you. I too think Apple should raise the recording quality to the 32 KHz range, but expecting anything more is a lost cause because the last thing Apple wants to do is make recording companies angry about radio-dubbing, when the iTunes music store depends on the RIAA playing nice. One last thing, if you can even imagine yourself standing somewhere holding something as god-forsakenly ugly as an iRiver, then the iPod really is too fashionable for you.

Posted by Russell Miller on August 10, 2004 at 10:24 PM (PDT) Comment 62

I bought the Griffin italk (cos I'm in the uk, bought brand new on ebay and delivered straight away)
My ipod dislikes it, did a scan of the hard drive after I plugged in once, doesn't save what i have recorded when I have recorded it and freezes up when I have used it .
Is anyone else suffering the same problem? Does seem a bit of a let down as I start a course soon and had high hopes of using it as a dictaphone! Worried I'll ruin the ipod if I do!

Posted by redmovierose on September 7, 2004 at 10:09 AM (PDT) Comment 63

i wonder if anybody has got any idea of battery life of ipod using italk to record. i read on amazon that a fully charged battery lasts about 90min. is it so?

Posted by leonard on September 17, 2004 at 8:33 PM (PDT) Comment 64

"Does anybody know about battery life? I have a full day lecture on Saturday and need to know if I should be sitting next to a power outlet!"

it is less than 2 hours.

Posted by leonard on September 18, 2004 at 7:36 AM (PDT) Comment 65

Does it work with 4G Ipods?

Posted by Tim on September 26, 2004 at 10:03 PM (PDT) Comment 66

I'm looking to buy an iPod and microphone primarily for use in a lecture hall. As the lectures will be in French, it's important that it works!! Would I be better off buying a digital dictaphone?

Given that I will be using it for voice recording only, would it be better to but the Belkin or Griffin mic?

I'd also like to repeat leonards questions about the battery life and 4G ipod if anyone can help?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by jen on October 7, 2004 at 2:09 AM (PDT) Comment 67

griffin promised crystal clear audio. very bad performance i thought Like to get money back.

Posted by david on October 10, 2004 at 9:08 AM (PDT) Comment 68

i just got the italk a few days ago. i wouldn't recommend it. i bought it to record creative thoughts while driving with my 40GB 3G ipod. when recording while driving the recordings are so clipped that they are impossible to understand. also, it uses the ipods battery life at an incredible pace. also, it will not play recordings back to you until the ipod is reset. $40 for a very cheap piece of white plastic that does not function well and doesn't even line up evenly at the top of the ipod.
cheap. cheap. cheap.

Posted by carter skemp on November 18, 2004 at 6:07 AM (PDT) Comment 69

You said it Jerome I currently use a laptop with a good quality mic to record band practice and was hoping I could use my Ipod cos that would be so amazingly convenient and totally like some sort of intel "cool kids use computers to" type ad. What is the freaking deal Apple? This 8KHz business is not up to par even for voice recording.


Posted by Pete67 on January 17, 2005 at 11:16 PM (PDT) Comment 70

EVERYONE LISTEN UP, i rap, i play my music on my computer and rap right on to it, yes it doesnt record the base and so on, but its great, and its tiny and extreamly portable, so when i need to remember something, i simply just record it, its great! if you always need to remind yourself with things, or just want to record some music and listen to it strait from your ipod without the hesitation of having to sync it into your ipod, i recommend you to buy this gadget. It sets everything by time and date too, so you wont have the problem of having to find what you saved 5 months ago!! grin)

Posted by gadgetGEEK on January 31, 2005 at 8:02 PM (PDT) Comment 71

I just got one iTalk to record my lectures. The quality seems enough for me, although it should be better than 8kHz;)

The size of the voice is appox. 1Mb per min. So each 1-hr lecture will take about 50 Mb in size.

The most annoying bug, as pointed out by some guys above, is that the ipod will sometimes freeze when the recorder is attached.

Here is some hints to deal with the freeze and other design bugs.

(from a user's review on

Prevent freezing: If the iTalk is in place when the iPod is turned on, it will often freeze. To prevent freezing, remove the iTalk before turning on the iPod every time. Under these conditions I've never had it freeze. If the iPod does sleep, to prevent freezing, remove the iTalk then insert it again (i'm not sure how often this is necessary, but I haven't had to reset the iPod since the first day).

Reset: To reset the iPod, remove the iTalk and hold down the iPod's MENU and PLAY '>||' buttons for 10 sec. I used this 5x the first day with the iTalk but haven't needed it since.

Locking: Slide a laminated card (my credit card is too thick) between the iPod and iTalk to lock, or carry the iTalk separately (annoying, but not as annoying as rebooting every time).

Saving: It's not enough to pause a recording, you need to remember to stop and save it before removing the iTalk. The MENU button will also save files.

Finding the files on PC: I have iTunes set to automatically sync files. To find the files in iTunes, look under the Voice Memos list. It's a trifle disconcerting when they disappear from one list and appear elsewhere unless you're prepared for it. On my PC, they can also be copied from
iTunes music/unknown artist/unknown album

Battery: I tried letting the battery run out while recording. It ran for ~50 minutes while the battery was showing empty then shut down with no warning. The file appears to have been saved ok.

Battery life: Check out the apple web page for battery tips (...) (I know this comment is outside the scope of iTalk, but if you use a voice recorder with the iPod, you're going to be dealing with battery issues.)

Posted by Alien on February 7, 2005 at 8:45 PM (PDT) Comment 72

By the way, with the iTalk you can record conversations clearly within a circle of approx. 3-4 meters in diameter, indoor. smile

Posted by Alien on February 7, 2005 at 8:59 PM (PDT) Comment 73

i've also been having trouble with the italk making my ipod freeze up and just make it function overall horribly. i've been doing the reset, etc. but now my ipod has just completely shut down! it's completely unresponsive, even when i plug it in to the charger or hook it up to my computer. help, please!

Posted by 80 on February 10, 2005 at 7:46 PM (PDT) Comment 74

I didn't expect much because of all the comments and complaints...but I expected it to work! Mine doesn't even playback what I record. It's going back to Amazon tomorrow.

Posted by crisa on March 27, 2005 at 6:53 PM (PDT) Comment 75

1st to the managment- PLEASE remove most of the pointless comments included here from those who have even used the item.

I bought this device at the iPod store in San Fran. for a scientific conference nearby. The recordings during the conference were not intelligible even though this venue employed a nice clear amplification system with echo dampening and I was sitting only a 10 feet from the speaker. The speech was clear without echo from where I was sitting so I was VERY disappointed that the recordings came out so poorly (unusable even for me, and I had heard the initial speech).

In short, this device might be suitable for simple voice memos etc... but don't expect to record much else.

ALSO: annoying hard drive spin-up is audible over the recordings although breif and very intermittent.

Posted by ~KC on April 1, 2005 at 4:34 PM (PDT) Comment 76

What I'd want: stereo 22hz (44 ideally) with line-in. Till that comes out, I'll wait.

Posted by kayoteq on May 13, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT) Comment 77

with a hard drive the size of most ipods, apple should definitely think about a product that allows stereo recording at 48k and 64+khz. anything less makes the external mic input void and useless. i don't think a firmware update is possible with italk, that is to say one that could change sampling rate, bit rate, mono to stereo recording, etc.

with that said, does anyone here recommend a harddisc recording device that meets these standards with 20-30g of storage space?

apple, please do better.

Posted by nadal on July 12, 2005 at 8:09 AM (PDT) Comment 78

Battery life has been excellent. I have a 4G 60GB and I can easily get 6 hours of recording off of a full charge.

Posted by legobuff on August 4, 2005 at 8:03 AM (PDT) Comment 79

Just a warning for 3G iPod owners: There are two versions of this original iTalk: One with the name "iTalk" in DARK gray and one with the name in LIGHT gray. The one with the LIGHT gray lettering does work with 3G iPods BUT it's dodgy. The light gray lettered iTalk is only 100% reliable when you're using it on a 4G or newer iPod.


Posted by Cube All on December 29, 2005 at 7:25 AM (PDT) Comment 80
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