For great recordings we need the mic to be "great" and in the right place such as on the podium or on the lapel. If muffled, ambient noise is ok then any ipod may do with this addon.
I'm sure this has been covered a number of times, so apologies, but I'd really appreciate input on the following:
My mother, who is not very tech savvy or concerned with the latest gadgetry , iTunes etc. would like a simple, small device that she can use to record classes that she gives at decent enough quality to be able to make an Audio CD, as well as stream on the net.
The device would need to be small, simple to use, easy to interface with her PC or my Dad's Mac (in case she wants to do basic editing), and able to record/store about 15 hours of audio between downloads.
The classes she would be recording are herself, talking, and about 20-40 students in a medium/large sized room, but not a cavernous lecture hall.
She would like it to be an MP3 player as opposed to a dedicated voice recorder, but again, she isn't concerned with all the latest bells and whistles that would appeal to a younger user.