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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 on the iPhone keyboard, and it lets you get your thoughts out faster. So for those times when you'd rather speak than type, you can use the Voice Memos app, which is included on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but for some reason not on the iPad. But if you're using an iPhone or iPod Touch, you have Voice Memos, and to use it tap its icon. 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. As you can see the app is pretty simple. All we really have here is a big red record button. To record just tap the button and start speaking or point the microphone towards whatever it is you're recording. It turns out the boss' wife's name is Stephanie, not Diane. Let's remember that in the future. You can tap the record button again at any time to pause the recording, whether it's to gather your thoughts, or during a break in the interview. When you tap record again, the recording will pick up right where you left off. When you're done recording, tap done.
You'll be prompted to give the recording a name. I'll just leave the default, new recording name. All the recordings you make appear in a list below the record button. Just tap any recording to listen back. On the iPhone, before you play the recording, you'll probably want to tap the speaker button, unless you want to listen through your iPhone earpiece speaker. The iPod Touch doesn't have a speaker button because it only has a built in speaker and no earpiece, and all sounds will come out of that speaker, unless you have the headphones plugged in. Now, I cleared my throat at the beginning of that recording. 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.
To do so tap Edit and here we see the recording represented as a wave form. Tap the Trim button here on the right and all you do here is drag the beginning or end handles of the recording in to trim off the beginning or end. I can see the waveform from my cough right here at the beginning, so I'll drag the beginning handle in beyond that. Use the Play button here to preview the edit. Once it's trimmed properly, tap the Trim button. That gives you the choice to Trim Original, meaning you'll be editing the original recording and the part you trimmed out will be deleted. Or, you can choose, Save As New Recording, to leave the original untouched, and save an edited version.
In this case I don't think we need to save the original version with the cough so I'll choose Trim Original. By the way if you do want to rename a memo just tap its name and type a new one. Once you've made a voice memo it's not locked on your phone. You can move it off your device in a couple of different ways. With your memo selected tap the Share button. Choose Message to send the file as a multimedia text message. The recipient's phone will need to be able to play QuickTime compatible audio files in order to listen to it. If you choose email, the memos will be attached to a new email message as an M4A audio which any recipient will be able to play back with iTunes or QuickTime.
Also when you connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer, you'll see a playlist called Voice Memos. And in that playlist, you'll find all your memos. And when you sync your phone or iPod to iTunes, a playlist called Voice Memos will be created in iTunes. So you'll be able to listen to your Voice Memos through your computer, even when your device is unattached. Now in order to see the Voice Memos playlist, make sure to select your device, go to the music tab and make sure include voice memos is checked.
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