[CentOS] audio recorder compatibility

Tue Apr 12 22:12:14 UTC 2011
ken <gebser at mousecar.com>

I'm shopping for a small/tiny audio recorder, the kind for recording in
a class, interviews, etc... not really music, just voice.  Per usual, a
lot of these write their audio files in some Windows format, e.g., WMA.
 As a confirmed Linux guy, I'd want to offload the audio files in some
format that Linux can read/play natively.  I've read a sketchy
suggestion that there's a  Linux app or utility to do a translation from
WMA, <http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/127583>, but I always like to
keep things as simple as possible and so would much prefer avoiding the
hassle and possible failure of conversion apps and Windows-format crap

Secondly, connecting to my laptop... I've got a sound card, but it
doesn't have LineIn, just mike and headphone jacks; neither of these is
good for input, but...  Many audio recorders these days connect with USB
(which I've got), so that's the most likely connection path.

Given these parameters, does anyone have good experiences with a really
small audio recorder and offloading and then playing its sound files on

Thanks much.

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