[CentOS] audio recorder compatibility

Wed Apr 13 18:40:00 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 4/12/2011 5:12 PM, ken wrote:
> 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
> generally.
> 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
> Linux?

Android phones have an app called 'voice recorder' (and probably others) 
that might be good enough to avoid carrying another device. The one on 
my phone stores an .asf file.  I don't have a linux box with audio 
enabled but I think mplayer is supposed to handled that.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com