Yet again, Apple's iPod features in a couple of Tech Talk questions and advice. Several people have asked about more complex recording issues. In the past, Tech Talk has had questions about converting cassette tapes to a digital format but a few readers are now asking how they can record programmes such as those on BBC radio on to the iPod to listen to later. You have answered queries several times about getting recordings from various sources on to an iPod. There is an excellent program called Total Recorder ( www.highcriteria.com ) which does the job perfectly. It will record from any source via the line-in jack or even streaming audio (but there will be copyright issues). It has a facility to switch off system sounds and can save files in a variety of formats by using downloadable codecs, including MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. Plug in your turntable, MD player or other source; record the output; convert the file to MP3 while saving it to the hard drive and add the file to iTunes. It is as easy as that. It even has facilities for editing and timer recording. Total Recorder is as good as free at US$11.95. It is also one of the most useful and useable programs that I have ever purchased. Unfortunately, though, there is no Mac version - but there is a link on the site to another site that apparently offers a Mac solution. Alan Wright Hong Kong I have checked the site Mr Wright has pointed us to and there is in fact a second product called Total Recorder Professional. This one does what several people have sought to do and that is record internet-based radio at any time. However, users will have to be careful about copyright issues. Many of us have taped radio programmes at home so that we could listen to them later. Total Recorder Professional, as one would expect, is more expensive than the standard version, at US$35.95. For Mac users, there are at least two solutions. There is a product called WireTap and it is free at www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/freebies/ AudioHijack is available for US$16 at www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/ These applications do pretty much the same thing, but they are all available as free downloads for testing, so you can judge for yourself. One feature they all have that many people may find useful is the ability to capture any sound coming into the computer, even sound off a DVD. This may not seem all that interesting until you realise that there is a fair amount of music that is otherwise unavailable. A lot of older films, for example, have no soundtrack CDs. Also, for learning purposes, film dialogue can be quite useful. The whole subject of iPod add-ons - both software and hardware - is going to do nothing but expand. If there are things you want to do that cannot be done yet, I suspect that will change soon. It is good to see that the Mac community and the PC community are working hard at coming up with solutions. The Linux community, as usual, is a little behind, but even they are getting there. One last point: you can actually buy audio books online at excellent prices. If you travel from one of the outlying islands every day as several friends do, listening to an audio book can be quite interesting. The Audible site allows you to buy a book and to put it on your iPod. www.audible.com/adbl/store/welcome.jsp Questions to Tech Talk will not be answered personally. E-mail Danyll Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org .