Rob writes in and points out another cool iPhone, iPod, or iPad application that turns your Apple portable into a sweet little recording device. This time they've provided extra hardware in the form of a hand held microphone. iRig is the company behind the claim to be 'The first Handheld microphone for the iPhone', but they've been in business for a while pushing out iPhone hardware and applications for musicians (serious audiophiles). The iRig Microphone also includes a headphone out jack for real time monitoring (so you don't have to disconnect the microphone) and the included iRig Recorder application fine tunes the audio being captured.
Also compatible with their other applications VocaLive or Amplitube which give you unbelievable control over audio capture and processing.
This iRig Microphone seems like a great little cheap tool for the mobile blogger or podcaster since you can also use Video from your device while capturing isolated audio from your subject. Front facing camera on the iPhone or iPad? Yeah would be pretty cool for Webcasters.
They have another piece of hardware that's designed to take inputs from external instruments, so curious if you could just plug in any microphone (LAV mic?) and still have real time Headphone monitoring.