iPod for Birding

To: "Dean Cutten" <>
Subject: iPod for Birding
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 08:53:21 +1000
I also have an iPod and agree with everything that Dean has said. It's very easy to locate the calls on the CD and you can even make a playlist to suit Cape York birds for example. I have a 30GB iPod which whilst more expensive works out alot cheaper per GB. I use it also to copy an immediate back-up from my laptop of my photos when i am on a trip. Saves the time and battery drain of having to burn back-up discs. Also cheaper than buying a whole heap of extra memory cards. Especially if you are shooting with a decent MegaPixel SLR on the RAW setting!

David Stowe

On 20/07/2006, at 10:33 PM, Dean Cutten wrote:

I would just like to follow on with the recent thread on the usefullness of PDAs in birding with reference to an iPod to store bird songs and calls. I recently bought the Apple nano iPod with 4GB of memory to use in the field to allow one to pull up a bird song or call to confirm or otherwise the ID of a bird. A particular bird species can be located very quickly in the menu list where the songs can be stored in 'playlists'. I have put 5 of the BOCA CD's on the iPod creating a playlist for each CD (and still have plenty of free memory). This can be done through the software program 'iTunes' (that comes with the iPod) which is loaded onto a PC and connects with the iPod
the USB. If one wants to edit out any speech there is a free program called 'Audacity' that can be downloaded. The bird song files need to be in MP3 format for this program to work. Conversion to MP3 from the CD format is done in iTunes. If broadcasting is required in the field the iPod can be connected to a small active speaker system. (It comes with small earphones.) The convenience of having all the songs stored in such a small unit makes it a very attractive unit for birding. It is possible some songs might have subtle changes made to them after being converted to digital format but I
think these would not be very extensive.

Dean Cutten

Victor Harbor,  SA


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