Apple's iPod is more than just a portable device for listening to music. Many models can record voice memos on their own, and the iPod Touch can run third-party software, or applications, also known as apps, to record audio. You might want to capture music while you rehearse with your band, or record a classroom lecture. You can record through the iPod's built-in microphone or an optional accessory microphone, depending on what model you have.
Record Voice Memos With an iPod Touch
Touch the "Voice Memos" icon on an iPod Touch to launch the app, and then press the red recording button icon to start recording your voice through the built-in microphone. The recording button turns into a pause button, which you can press to temporarily stop recording. Press the "Stop" button when you are finished with your memo. The stop button turns into an icon with three lines on it, which you can touch to see a list of voice memos. Touch a voice memo recording to hear it play back.
Record Voice Memos With a 5th-Generation iPod Nano
Choose "Extras" and then "Voice Memos" on a 5th-generation iPod Nano, and then press "Play/Pause" or the center button to start recording a voice memo. Press the "Menu" button and then press "Stop and Save" when you are done. Press "Extras" and then "Voice Memos," and select a recording to play back.
Record Voice Memos on Other iPod Models With Optional Accessories
Plug a separately purchased microphone into earlier generations of the iPod Nano's headphone jack, or a microphone with a dock connector connection into the dock connector of a 5th-generation iPod Classic. Once you plug in a microphone, the "Voice Memos" menu will appear on the screen. Select "Record" or" Start Recording" to begin recording with the built-in Voice Memo software. Select "Voice Memos" and then "Recordings," and then select a recording to hear it play back. You will not see the "Voice Memos" menu until you connect a microphone to an iPod that lacks a built-in microphone.
Audio Recording Apps
Touch the "App Store" icon on an iPod Touch that's wirelessly connected to the Internet, or launch iTunes on a computer to connect to with Apple's App Store. Type "audio recording" in the search box to browse for software such as Audiostar Multitrack Recording Mixer, MultiTrack DAW or StudioMini Recording Studio (see Resources). These applications are more sophisticated than Apple's native Voice Memo app. You can record multiple tracks for different instruments and voices and adjust sound levels as you would with audio recording software on a computer. Download a recording app directly to your iPod Touch wirelessly, or download it to your computer using iTunes and then copy it to your iPod over the included USB cable.
Transfer Recordings to a Computer
Transfer recordings that you made with Apple's Voice Memo software to computer if you want to archive them or free up space on your iPod. Connect one end of the included USB cable to your iPod, and the other end to a USB port on a computer that is running iTunes. Sync your iPod with your computer, and the Voice Memo recordings will appear in the Voice Memos playlist in iTunes. To transfer audio recordings made with third-party apps to your computer, follow the app's specific instructions. Usual transfer options include by email, over Wi-Fi, through a USB cable, or by uploading them to a website and then downloading them to a computer. Each application has its own options and methods.
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