3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2009 12:07 PM by nixon1
nixon1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can anyone recommend a good microphone to use with the ipod touch 2g for skype? I don't want to use the Apple headphones with mic, because I don't like the Apple earbuds. I'm looking mainly for just a microphone, and then I will use either the built-in speaker or my own headphones for audio.

I tried using my Bluetooth headset, a Motorola HS850, but the ipod with OS 3.0 can't even see it at all.

Thanks!

ipod touch 2g, iPhone OS 3.0
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)
    I tried using my Bluetooth headset, a Motorola HS850, but the ipod with OS 3.0 can't even see it at all.


    That's because the iPod touch does not support bluetooth headsets, just bluetooth stereo headphones for listening to music.
  • F Shippey Level 7 Level 7 (21,500 points)
    I don't want to use the Apple headphones with mic, because I don't like the Apple earbuds.


    That's what I use and they work great. (I have the $29 ones, but there are more expensive ones ($79) that might fit you better.)
  • nixon1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    A worker at the Apple Store told me the ipod touch 2g with OS 3.0 supports headsets with mics as well as stereo headphones, just like the iphone, since it has the Broadcom BCM4325 Bluetooth 2.1+EDR which has IEEE 802.11a/b/g (MAC/Baseband/Radio), Bluetooth 2.1 + enhanced data rate (EDR), and FM receiver. So I guess Apple is just locking out those features (microphone and FM radio) with software, just like they locked out all Bluetooth features before OS 3.0. Maybe they'll charge me another $9.95 in a couple months to unlock those "new" features as well.

    Also, doesn't Apple advertise that with OS 3.0, you will be able to play wireless multiplayer games via Bluetooth? So the ipod can definitely handle two way Bluetooth communication, it just must be a software lock.

    I hope Apple will enable these features with a free update, rather than charging us again for something we already own.


    @ F Shippey -
    I don't like the ipod earbuds since they don't really fit my ears, I'd rather have over the ear ones. Other than that, I would by the ones with the mic built in.

    I've heard about Thumbtacks from Switcheasy (http://www.switcheasy.com/products/ThumbTacks/ThumbTacks.php), which are microphones that plug into the headphone jack on the bottom of the ipod. The only problem with this is that they mute the built-in speaker on the ipod, so you can't hear the other person talking on skype. I have read that the "speakerphone" feature of the skype app allows you to turn on the speaker even when something is plugged into the headphone jack. Has anyone tried this? I just want to make sure before I buy it.

    Also, does anyone know if Skype is going to come out with a new update for OS 3.0? For some reason ever since I updated to OS 3.0, I can't hear any audio when someone calls me on skype running on my ipod. I can hear the ring, but then after I answer the call, nothing. This used to work before I updated to 3.0.

    Thanks for any suggestions or information!