14 Replies Latest reply: Feb 20, 2007 12:15 PM by Ed Mansky
PrueHeart the Wanderer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I use iTalk with my iPod to record voice memos related to book research. The voice memos belong to me, no copyright issues. How can I move voice memos out of iTunes and then run them through an application like Transcriva to change audio to text?

Since the voice memos are my own creation, I should be able to send them to other people, like my book publisher. How can I send voice memos as individual files? How can I attach small voice memos to email?

Powerbook G4   Mac OS X (10.3.9)   also G4 desktop running OS 10.3.9
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (271,725 points)
    Try using these instructions to locate the file which contains each voice memo, and then working on a copy of those files.

    (18991)
  • Ed Mansky Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)
    Hi,
    Voice memos that are uploaded from your iPod will be in your iTunes library. The path is:

    $USER/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/...

    where $USER is your HOME folder (eg. /Users/john for a short login name of "john" for say "John Smith").

    The files in iTunes are organized into folders by Artist name.

    By default, when you upload from an iPod voice memos don't have genre, artist, album or any other data defined for them. Such files in iTunes get dumped into a catch-all folder called "Unknown Artist". If the album name is also undefined, the voice memos are then further dumped into a sub-folder called "Unknown Album".

    So all my voice memos are dumped (by default) into:

    /Users/ed/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Unknown Artist/Unknown Album

    The filenames of the voice memos themselves are the full date and time the recording began .

    So to email (for example) a voice memo to someone, just attach it to your email, by pointing the file dialog window that comes up in your favorite email program, to the "Unknown Artist/Unknown Album" folder inside iTunes and select the memo you want.

    If you first define either an artist, or album name to the voice memo, the memo will then be moved by iTunes into the specified artist folder.

    If you change the "song name" of the voice memo, that changes the filename of the actual voice memo, so you'll need to keep that in mind when you want to attach it to an email.


    Ed

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  • PrueHeart the Wanderer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you for the help. i located the files and experimentally removed one from the iTunes folder. i have not yet attempted to have the verbal memo transcribed to text with a third-party application.
    Lynna Howard, "PrueHeart the Wanderer"

    Try using these instructions to locate the file which
    contains each voice memo, and then working on a copy
    of those files.

    (18991)
  • Whitebottom Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Hi,
    I've just read through this discussion because it's the nearest I can find to my problem.

    I also have a lot of voice memos on my iPod (photo) and cannot get them to Sync to my computer and iTunes at all. Recentely I upgraded my iTunes to the lastest version and since then I do not have the familiar folders of "purchased music" or "Voice Memos". In fact I no longer have any of my music anymore, anywhere on my computer. I've done all the searches possible and all the iTunes folders on the hard disk are empty... so I reckon I've lost them all. However this isn't my main problem. What I wanr to do is move the original voice memo files FROM iPod to my computer.

    They still appear in iTunes when I connect the iPod but I cannot get them off it and on to my 'authorized' computer. Having the iPod set up as a hard disk doesn't help because the memo folder appears empty.

    Any ideas? I made the recordings, they are mine but so far I have been unable to get then from the iPod to make use of them.

    Thanks
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,485 points)
    You can simply select the voice memos in iTunes and drag them to where you want.
    Then Delete them in iTunes.
  • Ed Mansky Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)
    Hi,
    If, within iTunes, you're having trouble getting Voice Memos out of your iPod, try using the web browser OmniWeb . Simply drag the icon of your iPod onto the OmniWeb browser page area and you'll then be able to navigate to your Voice Memos and drag them onto your computer from the iPod.

    Some more detail on how to recover Voice Memos from your iPod is in this thread. If all else fails, you can hopefully play the Voice Memo and use Wiretap to re-record it on your computer, and go from there.

    Good luck!


    Ed

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  • Whitebottom Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Thanks for your help Chris but this doesn't work. I cannot drag the files within iTunes or to any other place on my computer.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,485 points)
    You can't select it in iTunes and drag it to the desktop?
    Works for me.
  • Whitebottom Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Hi Ed

    That's great information, and OmniWeb looks great, however my OS X is 10.3.9 and they say it needs at least 10.4 to run it.

    Alex
  • Ed Mansky Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)
    Hi Alex,
    Try Xfile . Xfile is an excellent file manager, with a GUI that's similar to the Finder. Unlike the Finder however, Xfile will show all hidden UNIX directories and files on attached devices such as the iPod.

    Ed

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  • Whitebottom Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I can select a file and drag it, but it it doesn't drop. That's why I'm having problems. It's as though it's a music file and my computer isn't authorized (but it is).
  • Whitebottom Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Thanks Ed, I'll try Xfile and let you know if it does the job.
  • Whitebottom Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Hi All

    In the end I found the last version of OmniWeb for OS X 10.3.9 and downloaded it from here:

    http://www.omnigroup.com/ftp/pub/software/MacOSX/10.2/OmniWeb-5.1.3.dmg

    It's free for the first 30 days but 15 USD is not much to ask for a cool browser.

    I was then able to find all my voice memos by dragging the iPod icon from the desktop into the browser window, then looking in the folder named iPod controls/music. All the files are in various folders and are renamed with random 4 letters but the original file name appears when played in QuickTime Pro so I can rename then again.

    Thanks for the suggestion Ed.
    Alex
  • Ed Mansky Level 3 Level 3 (735 points)
    Hi,
    Glad to hear you found a Panther version of OmniWeb you could work with. I found out about OmniWeb, and other third-party shareware apps for iPods from the Missing Manual O'Reilly book iPod . I have the 1st ed. Current one is the 5th ed.


    Ed

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