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Voice Memos: The content of my Voice Memo disappeared

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Setagayan Calculating status...
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Jun 28, 2009 6:19 AM
I set my iPhone in Airplane Mode (to not have calls coming in) while recording a long business meeting using the new Voice Memos application under iPhone OS 3.0 with my one year old 3G. When I stopped recording the counter showed that I had been recording for about 3 hours and 13 minutes.
I labeled my recording “Meeting” and it shows that my recording started 26/06/2009 at 13:30 (1:30PM).
I was looking forward to become able to transfer my recording to my iMac or MacBook PRO.
However, next time I opened the Voice Memos application and find my file correctly labeled Meeting 26/06/2009 13:30, the counter at the right (in front of the error) simply says 0s. Trying to play anything back produces no result, because the data seems to be gone (despite that the file name and date/time remains).
Do anyone here have an idea of what could have happened? Maybe I ran into some kind of maximum recording time limit? But even so, I would have expected the recording to remain up to that time limit.
As it is, the entire exercise was useless and ended in big disappointment.
My confidence in this application is currently zero.
iPhone 3G/3G S, iPhone OS 3.0
  • ckawai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am using iphone 3G 16GBs model, not sure if my theory works but will give my 2cents on this.
    After recording, it seems that voice memo application needs some time to finish converting the .mov file into .m4a within the app. you can see that the conversion in progress when you open the recording lists straight away after a recording is finished.

    By the way, I recommend a external mic especially for this as the build in mic is too weak in picking up sound that's a arm away from you. It's initially meant for picking up your voice in phone call anyway.
    iPhone OS 3.0
  • SoccerPlayer22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was wondering about that. Are there any particular external mic products that you have found to work well and would recommend?
    iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 3.0
  • dkhome Calculating status...

    Thank you for your follow up post on a solution. You helped me recover a "lost" voice memo that I feared was lost forever.

    Your post helped me recover a conversation with a family member that I will never be able to repeat.

    Thank you!!!
    iPhone OS 3.0
  • Rainystreets Calculating status...
    Thanks! This helped me too! Same scenario.
  • ketsensei Calculating status...

    Thank you so much!!! Just yesterday I recorded but then was unable to play a half-hour voice memo exactly as you described. Today, after reading your post I tried what you suggested, and it worked! Thank you so much again for going to the trouble of posting your solution even though no-one had replied to your initial post.
  • hydrophilic Calculating status...

    I want to add my thanks to the growing chorus. You have saved me and others a lot of time - not to mention recovering valuable recordings.

    This is a major flaw that needs fixing - especially given that Recorder is an important app that Apple showcased at the launch of iphone OS3.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • JohnnyGuest Calculating status...
    Just want to express my thanks for posting this solution. I had just recorded 45 minutes of a review for an important histology exam and was unable to listen to it. Your solution worked brilliantly. Thanks again I know other will benefit as well.
    Iphone Voice memo, iPhone OS 3.0
  • deadlyicon Calculating status...
    for those of you who want to take a stab at modifying the voice memos on your iphone ive tried to make it a bit easier with this:

    !! import voice memos onto your iPhone !!
    iPhone 3G 16GB, iPhone OS 3.0
  • richwdo Calculating status...
    yes, thank you very much. As a PC user, the phone view website nicely referred me to wide angle software website, home of "touch copy 09"
    After going into Options, i could view my i phone 3gs and indeed, find LOST (zero length) voice memos saved perfectly as MOV files. Who knew?? Their 15 day trial worked for me. they earned my money!
    PC user, Windows XP Pro
  • jigsaw_billy Calculating status...
    Voice Memo - Can see it on your iPhone - but does not show up in iTunes - long recording - how to retrieve the voice memo (for free)? - PC (Windows) User

    Dont worry guys, your voice memo is not lost so long as you have actually recorded it successfully!

    Here is what happened to me: I recorded 1hour 30mins on my Voice recorder on the iPhone. When I tried to play it back using my iPhone, it wouldnt work, yet I could see that there was "1hour 30mins" worth of data, but nothing would play. I was really stressed because the recording was extremely important to me.

    If you have a similar problem, I suggest to follow the steps below. It is for free, it is simple, safe and QUICK:

    1) Sync your iPhone with iTunes (and let it back it up)

    2) Reincubate: backup-windows/#/res/i/labs/iphonebe/3_wizard.png

    Go to the above website, if the link doesnt work by copy and pasting it, then just search "reincubate iphone extractor" in google, the first hit should be the relevant one.

    3) Download the extractor "iPhone Backup Extractor (24th June 2009)
    Changes:Now allows for restore of calendar to CSV"

    4) Save it

    5) Open the .exe - click on "extract".

    6) Then Click on next until you come to the option to choose "manually" the files you want - clcik next

    7) Now search down for media, and under media you should see "recordings" and tick the recording that was not working (it is fairly difficult to determine which recording it is if you have many, so might be a bit of a trial and error exercise)

    8) it should save a file in your desktop - open your desktop and once you have chosen the correct file, you will be able to get your recording!

    The weird thing about this all is that I found my "voice memo" through this process to actually be a .mov file. Perhaps this happens if you go over a certain time during recording. I pressed play and it played in quicktime!

    Anyway I hope this helps. If you have any questions just reply and Ill try help!
    Windows Vista
  • CharlieinParis Calculating status...
    great tip, I had exactly the same problem and by following your instructions I was able to retrieve a mov file which works perfectly
    I have no explanation as to why this happened, I can just add that the original m4a file was 20 MB while the mov file was over 100 MB (for a one-hour recording)
    iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • nickwhit Calculating status...
    Setagayan THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    This worked perfectly.
    MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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