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Recording Audio Files with the iPod


Using the MicroMemo digital audio recorder, you can record audio files on an iPod and transfer them to your computer or course site. This might be particularly useful if you want to create short supplemental files to accompany course content in myWPI using the Podcasting Tool.

  1. Connect the MicroMemo digital audio recorder to the iPod dock connector as shown in the image on the right.
  2. Plug in a microphone into the recorder as shown in the image below.


If you have a headset like the one in the below image, you can also use the microphone and earphone connections from this to record and play audio files on the iPod.

  1. The iPod will automatically turn on and default to the Voice Memo screen.
  2. When you are ready, press the Select (center) button on the iPod to begin recording.
  3. A timer will begin counting on the screen. To pause, press the Select button again.
  4. To stop recording, slide your finger clockwise on the clickwheel until Stop and Save is highlighted. Then press the Select button again. This will stop recording and save your file on the iPod.

Uploading Podcasts to iTunes

  1. On a PC, run iTunes by clicking on the Start menu and select All Programs > iTunes folder > iTunes . (Mac users should run iTunes from their Hard drive > Applications folder > iTunes folder.)
  2. Connect an iPod to your PC using the iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0 cable as pictured below.
  3. iTunes should detect the new voice memos and will ask you if you want to move these to your library.
  4. Click the Yes button to copy the files to your iTunes library. By default, the copies will be stored in the Music folder.


You can also find the original recording files in the Voice Memos folder listed under the iPod device.


The recording will be named, by default, as the date and time you recorded it. To rename the file, right-click and select Get Info. From the Info tab, rename your file and add any other information you might want to include in the file's metadata.

Copying Podcasts to your Local Computer

  1. From iTunes, right-click the file you want to copy to your local computer.
  2. Select Copy.
  3. On your computer, open up the folder you want to place the file in.
  4. Right-click in the folder and select Paste. The file should appear.


On a PC, you can also find a copy of the wav files located in My Documents > My Music > iTunes > iTunes Music.

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