"Dean Cutten" <>, "Birding_Aus _Server" <>
iPod for Birding
"Bruce Cox" <>
Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:04:33 +1000
From: "Dean Cutten" <>
Subject: iPod for Birding
Interesting comments Dean!
I use Audacity to move taped birdcalls into my computer (to .WAV files). As
you say it is a free program which I have found both easy and a joy to use.
As well as editing out the voice component, I also found it great for
editing out the various clicks, pops and other extraneous sounds on the
tapes. There are other commercial sound editing programs around but I think
Audacity is quite adequate for bird calls.
Dean, I assume you used amplified speakers, which ones did you use?
Another quite cute arrangement I experienced was a guy who used his mobile
phone with MP3 on board, he simply used the phone's speaker which sounded
The last comment I would make is that all MP3 and iPods use "lossy"
compressed formats that remove sounds, possibly audable to birds, but
inaudable to the human ear to achieve compression. Doesn't worry us for
verification purposes but may effect callback.
> I would just like to follow on with the recent thread on the usefullness
> PDAs in birding with reference to an iPod to store bird songs and calls.
> 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
> list where the songs can be stored in 'playlists'. I have put 5 of the
> 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
> '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
> The convenience of having all the songs stored in such a small unit makes
> 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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