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iPhone 3Gs as a voice recorder

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Mark DeCotis, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Mark  DeCotis

    Mark DeCotis New Member

    Anyone using an iPhone in place of a tape recorder? If so, any success/failure stories to share? Is there a time limit on length of recording? Any apps that are better than the Voice Memos function already on the phone?


  2. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    When I had my iPhone 3G, I used it (the iTalk app) as my primary recorder.

    - Great sound quality
    - Blocked out wind
    - Able to organize/list interviews no problem
    - Very responsive start/stop button

    - Terrible fast forward/rewind controls. Took twice as long as it should have to find a specific quote
    - If you forget to turn on Airplane mode and receive a call in the middle of recording, your interview is gone

    I'm guessing the same issues could crop up when using the Voice Memos function.
  3. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    A guy in my area uses his iPhone as a voice recorder and loves it. Evidently it provides great quality, but can be finicky if you forget to turn it on Airplane mode.

    Edit: I use my iPod with an attachment and it works well. I'd assume the iPhone could do just as good of a job.
  4. everything Trey said. I only had to lose most of an interview once to always remeber to put it on airplane mode to stop from getting calls. But the sound quality is great both indoors and out. It's so much more convenient than carrying a separate recorder.
  5. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    I've used my blackberry as a recorder when I forgot my digital, but I wouldn't think of using it in place of my regular recorder.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Which is why you should always take notes (at least of some sort) in addition to recording.
  7. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Good point.
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