As popular as the Apple iPod may be, it is still missing in some basic functionality that you can find on other MP3 players. The iPod doesn’t have a voice recorder or an FM radio, for example. The voice recorders on most MP3 players aren’t exactly the best, however, so if you’re looking for a more professional experience, you may want to consider the Alesis ProTrack.
Acting like a portable docking station for the iPod, the Alesis ProTrack effectively transforms the Apple music player into a professional-grade digital audio recorder. The professionalism extends to a set of XLR and 1/4-inch inputs as well, which you can either use for a line-in or a microphone. The built-in stereo condensor mics are arranged in an XY pattern.
The Alesis ProTrack works with the iPod Classic, 5th-gen iPod, and iPod nano (2nd and 3rd generation) and will be available in the third quarter of this year. No word on pricing.