This isn't the first product to come down the pipeline offering portable audio recording capabilities for the iPod, but the new ProTrack from Alesis is definitely the most feature-rich. According to the press release, the ProTrack is "the world's first professional handheld digital stereo recorder for iPod" with two built-in high-quality condenser microphones, a pair of combination XLR - 1/4-inch inputs and a 1/8-inch stereo output. The device should be available sometime in Q3 for iPod (Classic or 5th Generation), or iPod nano (2nd or 3rd Generation)-but a price has yet to be determined.

Feature List:

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• Integrated iPod design

• Records to iPod (Classic or 5th Generation), or iPod nano (2nd or 3rd Generation)

• Professional connectors: two combination XLR - 1/4-inch inputs, 1/8-inch stereo output

• Supplies 48V phantom power to inputs when wall-powered

• Records 16-Bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo

• Two built-in condenser microphones for detailed recording

• Built-in microphones in XY configuration for optimum stereo image

• Switchable limiter ensures overload-free recordings even in unpredictable aural situations

• AC power adapter included

• Four AAA batteries provide up to five hours of operation

• Tripod stand mount for placing into ideal recording conditions

[Alesis via Brad Linder's Blog]