Re: iPod for Birding

Subject: Re: iPod for Birding
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Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 21:24:51 +1000
Without wanting to advertise the iPod, I can also vouch for them as an 
excellent MP3s bird call system.

I've easily managed to download from CD and online approx. 1000
Australian bird calls. (In fact with 6GB memory, there's pretty much 
room for all the worlds birds calls!) 

I see that there are two real benefits with the iPod system:
 1. The ease that you can play & access music file (read key bird 
species). In a matter of seconds you can access any target
species - as well as also scrolling back and forward within a single
bird call.
 2. and perhaps just as important, the ease that you can amplified bird 
calls. To do this I use an FM radio transmitter called XtremeMac 
Airplay (an iPod accessory - do a Google search to find out more info) 
which tunes into any FM frequency (such as 88.7 FM, or 102.8 FM, or 
whatever). Along with the iPod and the Airplay adapter, you'll need and 
a decent, small, but WELL amplified FM Radio. It should also be able to 
use batteries, so you can take into the field.

The Airplay adapter can actually be tuned into any FM radio, so you can 
also play it through the car radio, good for learning calls but also 
great for call playback. This can also be controlled while standing up 
to at least 30 metres from your car!

The adapter actually allows you to play bird call through any FM radio, 
such as the radio at your local pub! A Barking Owl usually does the 

(Make sure you also buy the iPod car charger, which usually comes free 
with the Airplay adapter.)

Sure beats the old tapes.



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 
> 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' 
> comes with the iPod) which is loaded onto a PC and connects with the 
> via
> 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 
> format for this program to work. Conversion to MP3 from the CD format 
> done in iTunes. If broadcasting is required in the field the iPod can 
> 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 it
> a very attractive unit for birding. It is possible some songs might 
> 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
> Australia


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