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That new iPod Nano is cute and all, but high-quality recording capability is still missing, meaning you can't record your band / DJ set / podcast / Phish concert. The iPodLinux project helps out "vintage" iPod owners, but it's still lagging when it comes to support for minis and 4G iPods, let alone Nanos. So, what's the perfect solution for recording mic, line, and digital ins as lossless media?

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You could plug your iPod Nano (or any other USB player, hard drive, or USB key) into Gemini's new iKey, but it's big,clunky, costs $200, and still won't record digital in or mics. The best candidate for the moment is the M-Audio MicroTrack 2496, which became available this summer (previously on Gizmodo).

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Of course, the real question is why Apple hasn't added this capability, when at least line in is available on competitors. Mic input would be tricky, line in and digital in are a cinch. Come on, Apple. Sure, the record industry might gripe, but just unleash celebs like U2, Black Eyed Peas, BT, and Madonna on them. I bet they'd love a recording iPod. -P. Kirn

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