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jj91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
so vie been using my iphone 3g for a week now to take lecture notes for my classes using the voice memo app. they have been up to an hour and a half in length and it worked really well. this week however i go to take notes and i find that when i check at the end of the class it had stopped recording by itself after 30 minutes of recording. Ive tried recording under a number of situations but every time it stops at 30 minutes. i have no clue why it is doing this or how to fix it. please help

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  • 1. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    shadowriderhope Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm seeing this as well (the longest memo has been 35:08), with an iPhone 3G 16GB, OS 3.1.

    Any ideas?
  • 2. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    everettwolf Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    Could be your phone is out of space, even if it shows a lot of free space. The recording may need contiguous blocks to save (even though it probably shouldn't). I would remove a bunch of music, free up WAY more space then you actually need and see if that works. If it does, then you've got a fragmentation problem, most likely
  • 3. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    jj91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK ill try freeing up some space on my phone but this morning i restarted my phone to see if it would make it record for more then 30 minutes and when i turned the phone back on and tried recording it wouldn't record. it just said "recording 00:00" and wouldn't go higher then 00:00. then when i saved the memo, is says it was 0 seconds long. so this has happened almost every time Ive tried recording and even when i do get it to record it only goes for 30 minutes. are these problems related?
  • 4. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    jj91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I managed to fix the "recording 00:00" problem by reformating my iPhone and deleting a few things but it still stops recording around the 30 minutes mark even though I have 9GB of free space on my phone. Is there any way to fix this?
  • 5. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    strongnc21 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sounds like an application limitation... I don't know if there is anything anyone here can do. You might need to request a feature upgrade via Apple's feedback form.
  • 6. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
    I'm having the same problem since the update. Today I just pressed the home button occasionally to see if it had the microphone, or if I saw my wallpaper I'd unlock and start recording again. It seems like a bug, but I could also imagine them thinking it's a feature, lest someone accidentally record longer than they intended and run out of space and battery power. I wonder if I unlocked the screen occasionally if that would be enough to tell it to keep recording. Also I'm thinking about using a third party app, even though the built-in is so nice.
  • 7. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)
    Recording time is limited only by the phone's available memory. Either restore & see if that fixes the problem or take it to an apple store.
  • 8. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    jj91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I allready tried restoring my phone and it only fixed the "recording 00:00" problem. But it still won't record more then 30 minutes. I'm pretty close to giving up on this and just using a regular voice recorder untill this is fixed. Also I can't really go to an apple store since there Arent that many in Canada and the nearest one is like an hour and a half away.
  • 9. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
    I think you can ignore comments of people who haven't tested and seen this for themselves, they're only stating their ideas of what they think the phone should do.

    I just ran several tests on my iPhone and found that unlocking and even pausing and resuming the recording has no effect. Further, I turned off auto-lock so I could see what happens at the 35 minute mark, and the application DOES NOT crash, it simply stops the recording as if you had tapped the stop button. This makes me think it is a new hard-coded limit imposed by Apple. It's the same thing every time, and it never did this before the latest software update.

    It occurs to me that they may be limiting the length of recordings so they won't overload the network when you email or MMS them. Of course when you try to download something that's too big from iTunes it just says "connect to wifi" -- I don't see why they can't prompt the same message for uploads.

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  • 10. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    everettwolf Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    Interesting.

    re: seen this for yourselves, since my initial suggestion I'm testing this myself. I don't have a need for 30 minute plus recordings, so of course I hadn't experienced it.

    You give good info on how it terminates -- it just shuts down, but you're reporting 35 minutes and the op is reporting 30 minutes. If there is a "minute" limitation, this shouldn't happen. I would be curious to know the SIZE of each of your maximum recordings.

    I'm at the 30 minute mark as we speak. ;o) I'll post back in about 15 minutes to report whether mine stopped.
  • 11. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
    I consistently get 35 minutes but the seconds are sometimes more or less. In iTunes the size of each recording is 74.3MB, Finder says they're 77.8MB, and each one reports a slightly different number of bytes (plus or minus 1000).
  • 12. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    everettwolf Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    Mine stopped at 34 minutes and 13 seconds.

    Theory: Variable bit recording w/ a SIZE limit.

    Since it won't email the file because of its size, I can't see the exact size, and since I'm not near my master iTunes, I can't figure out the size.

    But you guys should compare the file sizes for the recordings that maxed out for you.

    I set my phone down next to my desk and I have music playing quietly. I blew into the microphone a couple of times, but other than that the VU meter didn't fluctuate much.
  • 13. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    everettwolf Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    so all the sizes are very close and the bytes are plus or minus 1000 always? They aren't 1024 different?
  • 14. Re: Voice memo app wont record for longer then 30 minutes
    Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
    When I do the math I see 1,204 bytes of difference between the files 77,833,927 and 77,832,723. The larger one is 35:33 and the smaller is 35:05.

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