Some people love the idea of turning their iPod into an audio recorder. If you're someone who has an iPod on you at all times, and you need to record voice memos, interviews, or lectures, investing in a recording accessory for your iPod makes sense. Personally, I'm more of a standalone recorder kind of guy, but I understand the appeal and convenience of adapting the iPod to fit your needs.
Over the years, we've seen products like the MicroMemo succeed at turning the iPod into a handy tool for recording voice memos and interviews, but there haven't been a whole lot of options for making high-quality stereo recordings. Mono mics just won't cut it if you're looking to record your kid's piano recital, or capture the sounds of a Hawaiian vacation to play back during tax season.
If you need an iPod-recording accessory with some serious muscle, the Alesis ProTrack ($399 retail, $199 street) is one of the better options available. It's similar to the Belkin GoStudio we saw last year, and uses a similar configuration of XLR/instrument combo jacks and built-in stereo condenser mics. What the ProTrack has over the competition, though, is higher-quality internal microphones and the capability to work with mics that require phantom power.
To learn more, read my complete take on the Alesis ProTrack over at CNET Reviews.