Did you know that several iPod models can easily record voice memos, as long as the iPod is equipped with a compatible microphone?

Recording functionality started with the 3rd generation iPod (the one with four round buttons in a row), and includes the following discontinued models: iPod nano (2nd generation), iPod (5th generation), iPod with color display (running iPod Software 1.0 or later), iPod photo (running iPod Software 1.0 or later).

All current iPod models except the iPod shuffle also support recording. In fact, thanks to improved menus, it’s easier than ever to record high-quality audio on the current iPod classic (120 GB), iPod nano (4th generation), and iPod touch 2G. On current iPods, simply plug a compatible mic into the iPod’s headphone port (or dock connector port), and a new “Voice Memos” menu will appear on the screen. Recording and syncing audio back to iTunes is very easy; you can see a video of how this works with a RapCap microphone by clicking here.

On previous iPods, you typically had to sync recorded audio back to your computer before you could review it. Current iPods allow instant playback of recorded audio.

Example microphones include the RapCap, Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic, Apple In Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, Incipio Lloyd Microphone Adapter for iPod nano (which uses the nano’s dock connector), and headsets such as the Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket Headset.

Click here to read Apple’s support article detailing how to enable audio recoding on compatible iPods.

As Don mentioned above, Small Dog Electronics just started carrying the RapCap. It’s only $14.99 and comes in eleven colors. Because of its small size and low cost, it’s my microphone of choice with current iPods.


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