The problem with field recording is all the gear you need to lug around just to make a high quality recording. Belkin might just have the answer to this dilemma with it's soon to be released Podcast Studio. It turns your iPod into a 2-track stereo recorder. Featuring two XLR/1/4" combo jacks, two built-in rotating directional mics (L/R), compressor/limiter, low cut filter, adjustable gain, LED meter, built-in playback speaker, and a headphone jack. Recordings will be stored as an uncompressed 44.1kHz stereo WAV file. Power will be provided by two AAA batteries.
It should work with any 5G (video) iPod, the iPod Classic, and the 3G iPod Nano. With a projected release date of June 2008, the Podcast Studio should retail for a low ball price of $99.99. Keep in mind that Belkin has yet to ship it's TuneStudio 4-channel iPod mixer that it announced over a year ago. Hopefully the Podcast Studio will not meet the same fate.
Pros: Two XLR inputs, Built-In Compressor/Limiter, Modern Design.
Cons: Records Only to WAV Format, Possible Vaporware.
List Price: $99.99 (Price subject to change.)