Engadget posted about this interesting new device from Belkin at CES. The Podcast Studio basically turns your iPod classic into a mobile voice recording studio. It has a built-in mic, but more interestingly features 1/4″ and XLR mic jacks for using more serious external microphones. It also has gain controls and a built in compressor/limiter to help voice recordings sound more professional. Since it records directly to the iPod (in WAV format) you can transfer your audio back to your Mac just by syncing with iTunes, and thence to editing and compression. For their target audience of mobile podcasters this looks like it could be a very handy tool.

Wired notes that it should be shipping in June for $100 and is compatible with the 5G iPod video as well as the 3G nano.

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