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In '08 Everyone can be the Media... Zoom H2

Boot Camp feature for Friday, January 11, 2008

In 08….everyone can be the media. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Politics, technology…you name the subject….if you want to write about it or talk about….the Internet can give you an instant audience. For would be podcasters…there are digital recording devices that make it easy. Samson Technologies, which makes plenty of high end audio gear is distributing a device called the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder. It's a cousin to the more expensive H4. Marketing director Mark Wilder..

"One of the best features about the H2 and the H4, is the fact that it records on SD media. Which means that it uses a common format. And you can record audio at a very high level of quality and then move that recording over to your computer for editing…for posting online on a YouTube or MySpace or anything like that. So there's really a lot more versatility with a product like this as opposed to a cassette or some of the other products that you've seen."

The pocket sized device has four built in microphones that can record in 360 degree surround sound. That draws the interest of musicians…but…

"We are absolutely branching out into different areas. We're really focused on the education market. We know a lot of universities are starting to create podcasts."

The Zoom H2 sells for under 200 dollars. It can also be used to record directly into a PC through a USB connection. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.