Daily Giz Wiz 529: iConvert

Episode 529 of the podcast

Subject: Review of iConvert
Released:Thursday 20 March 2008
Length:about 10 minutes
Download file:dgw0529.mp3 (4.8 MB)

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Short info

Convert your records to MP3s with iConvert USB Turntable.

Detailed information

A stereo combo complete with amplifier, AM/FM radio, speakers and a turntable, from Brookstone.  On the front panel of the iConvert is a USB port, where you can plug in a USB thumb drive, and an SD/MMC card slot, where you can insert a flash card, to convert your 33⅓ or 45 rpm vinyl records into MP3 files and store on to your flash memory.  Choice of encoding bit rate from 32 kbps to 256 kbps.  No need for a computer.  You can also connect it to your home stereo system via the line-out.

The iConvert is a cheaper option than the Crosley Songwriter in Episode 229 (which plays 78 rpm vinyls and cassette tapes as well, but records directly on to CDs).  Another option often suggested by Leo and mentioned in this episode is the ION USB Turntable (TTUSB) which is even cheaper, and plays 78 rpm records, but needs to be hooked up to a computer.

Dick also refers to the iConvert in Episode 6 of Don Reisinger's The Digital Home Podcast, and talks about many other things, including, naturally, Mad.

Dane and Dean

Recently Dick has been calling Dane Golden, TWiT's Editor-in-chief, a different name - Dean.  That hasn't dented Dane's enthusiasm for the show, who has recently posted a YouTube video of an old footage of Dick on the 50th Anniversary of Mad Magazine.  Read Dane's blog on InsideTWiT.

Favourite Days of the Week

B Schwartz writes to Dick to say that his favourite days of the week are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  He also asks Dick to forward the following email to Leo: "My favourite day of the week is Tuesday!"

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