A good voice-recorder app is essential for a journalist. I’m pretty loyal to mine (Griffin iTalk) but when a friend needed recommendations, I asked my colleagues at PCMag what they use. Some of the answers were surprising (the standard-issue Voice Memos on the iPhone), some led people to realize they’d been relying on the same old app for years, and some caused people great distress (Evernote was a favorite until its price hikes).
Of course, you don’t need to be a journalist to make use of voice-recording apps. They’re useful for podcasters, students, private investigators, audio note takers, and sometimes just the plain paranoid. Yes, there are separate digital recorders, but why carry two gadgets when you already have all these options in the palm of your hand?
The apps featured below are free or relatively low-cost and range from basic, easy-to-operate apps to those with a full range of features that even pros will appreciate. If we missed your favorite, let us know in the comments.