How to record music in an ipod

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How to record music in an ipod
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The iPod, Apple's popular multimedia device, is best known for its purposes as a portable music and video player, however, this is not the only feature the device offers. As of April 2010, the iPod Nano (fifth generation) comes equipped with a built-in microphone but can also utilise external mics via the 30-pin dock connector. The built-in microphone is not ideal for recording live rock music but would be great for laying down a quick idea on an acoustic guitar. The iPod Classic and iPod Touch are capable of recording music as well, but these devices require external microphones such as the Blue Mikey, Griffin iTalk Pro or Belkin TuneTalk Stereo.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • iPod (Nano, Classic or Touch)
  • iTunes
  • Voice Memo app (for iPod touch only)
  • External iPod microphone

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Instructions

    Record Music with iPod Nano's Built-in Mic

  1. 1

    Select "Extras" from the main menu and then select "Voice Memo."

  2. 2

    Choose the recording quality from the options available. "Low Quality" records in mono at 22 kHz and "High Quality" records in stereo at 44.1 kHz.

  3. 3

    Press the centre button on your iPod to begin recording and press it again to pause. When you are finished, press the "Menu" button on your iPod and then select "Stop and Save." To playback a recording, select "Extras" then "Voice Memos" and then select a recording.

    Record Music on iPod Classic or Nano Using an External Microphone

  1. 1

    Connect your external microphone to your iPod via the 30-pin docking port on the bottom of your device.

  2. 2

    Select "Voice Memo" from the main menu on your iPod. The "Voice Memo" option is only available if you have a microphone plugged in or if you have previously saved recordings on your iPod.

  3. 3

    Select the centre button to begin recording and press it again to pause. When you are finished, press the "Menu" button on your iPod and then select "Stop and Save." To playback a recording on an iPod Nano (fifth generation), go to the main menu and choose "Extras" then "Voice Memos" and select a recording, otherwise choose "Voice Memos" from the main menu and then select "Recordings" and choose from the list available.

    Record Music With an iPod Touch

  1. 1

    Connect your external microphone to your iPod via the 30-pin docking port on the bottom of your device.

  2. 2

    Scroll through your apps and tap "Voice Memo." The Voice Memo app is only available if you have upgraded your iPod with the 3.0 software update. If your iPod does not have the 3.0 upgrade, you will need to purchase it through iTunes.

  3. 3

    Tap the record button in the lower-left corner of the screen to begin recording. Tap the Stop button located across from the record button to stop the recording. Tap the button in the lower-right corner of the screen to view all your recordings, and tap one to play it.

Tips and warnings

  • The iPhone has a built-in mic and can utilise the Voice Memo app just as the iPod Touch does.
  • Refer to the link given in the Resources section of this article for a complete list of iPods that support audio recording.

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