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Although the Notes app is great for jotting down quick notes and lists, some people prefer to speak their thoughts and ideas instead of typing them out. For one thing, speaking is much faster than typing in the iPhone keyboard and lets it you get your thoughts out faster. So for those times when you'd rather speak than type, you can use the included Voice Memos app. Now using Voice Memos does require you to have a microphone which isn't a problem for the iPhone or 4th generation iPod touch and later, since they each have a built-in microphone. And the iPhone also ships with the earbud headset that includes a microphone as well. But if you have an older iPod touch, you'll need to purchase a headset with a built-in microphone from Apple or another vendor or you can buy one of several microphones that plug directly into the headset track of the iPod.
So to use the Voice Memos app, just tap its icon to open it up. Voice Memos are great when you have a sudden idea or if you need to record an interview or lecture or even when your kid says his or her first words. Make sure your iPhone or iPod is hearing you by speaking a few words like "check, one, two". The little VU meter at the bottom of the screen should move as you speak. As long as it moves and it doesn't hit the red, which is a good indication that your recording will probably be distorted, it will capture what you're recording. Tap the red record button to record and start speaking or just point the microphone towards whatever it is you're recording.
It turns out the boss' wife's name is Stephanie not Diana; let's remember that in the future. You can tap the red record button again at any time to pause the recording whether it is to gather your thoughts or during a break in an interview. When you tap record again the recording will pick up where you left off. When you're done recording tap the Stop button. You can view and review all of your recordings by then clicking what was previously the stop button. The icon looks like this little short list. (clip playing) Now you really couldn't hear my recording just now but I'm going to tap Speaker and now I can play it again.
(clip playing) Now if you're on an iPod touch you won't have that speaker button because the iPod touch only has a built in speaker and not an earpiece like the iPhone does, so all sounds will come out of that speaker unless you have headphones plugged in. Now I cleared my throat at the beginning of that recording and I recorded a little too much at the end. Fortunately you can trim your recordings to edit out noises like that at least if they're at the beginning or end of the memo.
Tap the blue arrow to view the details of the memo. And here you can tap Trim Memo and all you have to do here is drag the beginning or end handles of the recording in to trim the beginning or end off. So I will drag the beginning handle in a few seconds. And I'll listen. (clip playing) That was a little too far, just drag out again. (clip playing) So the beginning is pretty good there now just trim out end a little bit.
(clip playing) And once it's trimmed properly ou can tap Trim Voice memo. Now while where in here I'll mention that you can also tap the memo details to tag the memo with a label. And when I go back, I can see the memo label that I just applied. And once you've made a voice memo its not locked onto your phone. You can move it off your device in a couple of different ways. With your memo selected you can tap Share and you can choose Email or Message.
If you choose Email the memo will be attached to a new email message as an M4A audio file, which any recipient will be able to play back with iTunes or QuickTime. Choose Message to send the file as a multimedia text message. Again, the recipient's phone will need to be able to playQuickTime-compatible audio files. Also when you connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer and open iTunes, you can select your device, go to Music and if you sync your music, you can check Include Voice Memos and that way when you sync any voice memos you recorded will automatically be added to a playlist called Voice Memos.
So that's how to work with the Voice Memos app on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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