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Wired is reporting on Belkin's GoStudio, a device that enables ipods to transform (magically!) into a mobile recording device. Judging by the above photo, I think it works like this: Just slide your ipod in the device, thrust it towards a woman in a red leather jacket who is holding a mic (thankfully for you it's not a can of mace), and hit "record" or something.

Funny, that's how I always pictured Mutt Lange working.

Hey, Wired, give us some specs:

Not only does it come with two stereo omnidirectional microphones on either side, but the GoStudio also accepts combo XLR, 1/4-inch and mini-jack microphone inputs. Recordings are stored as 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV files on the iPod's memory, and can be played back in the field using the included speaker. With competing dedicated devices such as the Edirol R-09 costing $300 and up (no memory included), the Belkin GoStudio will be a relative bargain at $120 when it goes on sale in September or October.

If the levels could be properly adjusted to avoid digital distortion in a live setting, I assume these will make for some handy show bootleggin' archiving. That is, if you don't mind holding one of these for the duration of a concert. Why do I always see guys (it's always dudes) recording concerts and immediately think that today's concert recorders are tomorrow's metal detector enthusiasts?

Laugh at me now, but wait until I unearth those gold dubloons!