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Note taking is a must if you want to excel in school, and it can also be a huge help for many businesspeople. You may never have used a voice recorder in the past, but you would likely be surprised how useful they truly are should you invest in one and put it to regular use.

In general, for most purposes, you can take better notes with a voice recorder, provided it’s a high quality device and you use it correctly. But you’ll find that note taking in the strict sense is only one of many possible uses for this kind of machine.

Here are 10 ideas on how you might be able to use a digital voice recorder on a regular basis to make your life easier:


1. Take Notes In School

We mention the most obvious, and perhaps most common, use of a voice recorder device first: simple note taking by students. Why use a recorder? Because it’s faster than writing it out by hand, you might lose or misplace the page if you write it on paper, and quite frankly, it saves a tree.

A high-end voice recorder has a lot of storage space – much more than your cell phone. And it will get a much higher quality of sound than your cell phone too. Plus, it’s easy to listen to your notes anywhere, anytime without fumbling through a bulky notebook.

2. Capture “Passing” Ideas

We’ve all experienced the pain of having forgotten that great idea that was passing through our heads for a moment but then it was gone forever. A voice recorder at your side can prevent that from ever happening again.

Artists, students, businesspeople, home renovators, and anyone who has any kind of passion or project they are working on long term in life – or even temporarily, will find many instances where “idea capturing” is a huge help. You can’t always have a pen and paper ready nor always be by your computer – but a pocket can always be filled with a compact voice recorder!

3. Business & Professional Use

Business plans and schedules are conveniently “jotted down” on an audio recorder, and what better place to sum up the results of a business meeting or a sales interaction with a client?

Also, many doctors, lawyers, investigators, and forensics experts use voice recorders regularly when they meet with clients or while they’re on the scene to ensure they remember things exactly as they were said or as they appeared.

4. Transcriptions

Voice recorders are obviously indispensable to those who transcribe audio content into text. Given sufficient storage space, whole conversations or speeches can be conveniently and accurately transcribed by this method by a professional in the field.

Additionally, translators can base their translations on the actual voice recordings of native speakers, and language research experts can do the same.

5. Improve Speaking/Listening Skills

To really become aware of how you sound to other people, it’s important to record yourself and then be able to quickly play back each sentence or phrase. Then you can do another corrective recording, and another, and another – until you’re satisfied with the results.

If you’re learning a foreign language, you can record native speakers during a conversation (let them know they’re being recorded ahead of time and get permission!) and then keep listening to and playing back the content later on till you recognize the sounds and meanings with ease. This can also help you learn good native-style pronunciation.

6. Make a Voice-over Portfolio

Those who make a living by using their voice need to get serious about perfecting their pronunciation and tone. A voice recorder is the perfect practice device for that purpose. But it’s also a great place to store 5 to 10 of your best voice-over productions as samples for your prospective employers/clients.

7. Work on an Audio Book

You don’t need the most advanced equipment and a fortune to spend on electronics to get started making audio books.

You can begin by making them off of a voice recorder and letting friends and family listen to them and give you feedback. Then, you can transfer content from voice recorder to digital files and self-publish an audiobook online!

8. Create Audio Ads & Podcasts

Along with the right software for digitizing audio content, improving it, and editing it, you can create high-quality podcasts and audio ads for Youtube or other popular social media sites. With the right kind of voice recorder, this king of goal is well within reach of the average person.

If you have an online business or online following, regardless of what interest area it’s in, there’s a place for giving explanations or making audio announcements online. It’s not just for big businesses anymore.

9. Karaoke Music

If you love to sing karaoke but often find the music for some of your favorite songs isn’t on the machine – then consider recording it on a voice recorder device that can connect to speakers and provide the background music you need to sound your best!

Never again will you have to come to a party unprepared. Check out the specs of the voice recorder ahead of time and see if you need any accompanying software, but once you have it set up, it will revolutionize your karaoke performances.

10. Make Your Own Ringtones

Depending on what kind of cell phone you have, it’s possible to record unique sounds on your voice recorder to upload onto your phone and use as ringtone options.

Maybe you want to record yourself singing in the shower – or your spouse doing so; record a dorm room quartet for use as a wake-up alarm at college; or create a ringtone based on your own or a friend’s musical talents? A voice recorder will make it fun and practical at the same time.

We cannot hope to give an exhaustive list of the possible uses of a digital voice recorder, but these 10 rank among the most common, most important, or most fun ways to use this very versatile, very helpful little device!

Do you love e-books and audiobooks, but hate the restrictions that come along with most of today’s streaming services? Are you tired of working around credit systems and paying a different fee for every book you want to enjoy? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘Yes’, then there’s a new service coming for you: Playster.

The Montreal-based startup is going up against industry heavyweights like Audible and Scribd by offering book lovers truly unlimited access to its e-book and audiobook catalogs for one low monthly fee.

By paying $9.95 per month, users can enjoy as many titles as they want — Playster has inked deals with the Big Five publishers (Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster) and its collection includes everything from the newest audiobook releases to New York Times Best Sellers and timeless classics — all of which can be read and listened to both online and offline.


“Most book subscriptions are unable to provide a sustainable model while also keeping publishers and authors happy,” Playster CEO Philip Keezer recently explained to Digital Book World. “But we’ve got a foot forward with that. We’ve already seen some of the big players being forced to shut down because they were unable to reach a scale that allowed them to sustain their business, and we’ll see this happening with more book subscriptions. Some will have to be more selective with their offerings and target niche audiences, such as comic books.”

Playster believes it has found the magic formula, however, which allows it to offer a book subscription with no limitations or restrictions. What’s more, the company is offering a second option for serious entertainment buffs who are searching for convenience and a money-saving alternative to their current streaming subscriptions.

For $24.95 month, Playster offers and all-in-one package that plays up its motto — Entertainment Unlimited — by giving members unlimited access to music, movies and games (in addition to e-books and audiobooks).

Its final selling point is to give away a free Playster Combo Box to anyone who signs up for 12 months. This includes an Android tablet and HD headphones, listed at a retail value of $250. From the looks of it, it’s a great secondary tablet to throw in your bag or give to your younger family members — up to three users can share one account!

If you’re curious about Playster, you can try it free for 30 days: www.playster.com