click on this icon:
), and are able to block out the fact that I have no
pretensions to being a sound engineer, you’ll see what I mean. The sound quality of the speech is very good, and that was only slightly fiddled with in
Audacity to make one section slightly louder. Perhaps an even better
A very neat feature that must be mentioned is that to connect it to a computer you simply pull it apart – and you have a USB drive.
Just one slight disadvantage. In the version I bought (the 300), you have to convert the files before you can manipulate them. No problem: just download Advanced Audio Converter, which is free, from http://www.softwaredepo.com/.
Unfortunately, the company did not have a device available at the time I asked, and said that it should be available in about 6 weeks’ time. That was back in August 2005. I’m still waiting.
Each of these devices has their proponents. Both Leon Cych (http://l4l.co.uk/@blog/?p=5) and David Warlick like using the i-River, whilst David Baugh (http://www.ipodined.org/) and countless others swear by the iPod.
I think the answer is as follows: for general use in the classroom and on school trips etc, buy several Olympuses – there are some very inexpensive ones available these days. But as a great believer in exposing both students and staff to great-looking and high quality equipment, in order to really inspire them and make them feel special, and to be able to push the boat out, I would say why not spend a packet on an iPod, an i-River and a shed-load of accessories? They need the opportunity to make informed choices – and you need more toys to play with!