Turn your iphone or itouch into a recording device.

We have a shortage of our portable recorders this semester. I want to encourage anyone who has an iphone or an itouch to download the italk app. There is a free version and an inexpensive premium version. The sound quality of the recordings is surprisingly good.

Some guidelines:

Always use the “best” recording quality setting. Please clear up about 1 GB of space on your iphone. That will give you 200 minutes of record time, which is more than enough.

You’ll need to hold the iphone close to the source, just like with the Zoom recorders.

You’ll need to get the sound files (.aiff files) off the device and onto your portable drive or flash drive. You can do that by going to the “apps” page on itunes, scrolling down to file sharing and using the “save to” command to get the files onto your drive. Very easy. If you are doing this on the lab computers, you’ll have to download itunes, a quick process.

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About Lisa Phillips

I am an assistant professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz and the author of Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession (HarperCollins, 2015) and Public Radio: Behind the Voices.
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