iPhone Voice Memo App Broken

One of the cool features of the iPhone OS 3.0 was the built-in Voice Memo app.  No longer would I need to deal with a separate app and having to transfer the files around awkwardly as they just sync with iTunes nicely.  WooHoo!

Well, it was a woohoo for only a bit, as I discovered this weekend that the Voice Memo app seems to stop recording around 25-30 minutes now.  A bit annoying as this caused me to miss about 10 minutes of what I was recording as I didn't notice it right away.

"Why might this be the case?" I asked.  A bit of Googling revealed this thread on Apple's discussion forum where the consensus is that OS 3.1 broke this and introduced somewhere around a 74.3 MB file size limit.  Depending on what you are recording this causes it to stop somewhere between 25 and 35 minutes it would appear.  Worse, reports are that when it stops you can't start recording again for a minute or so.

So, what was a cool app that solved a real use case is now useless for anything that might go over 20 minutes.  Back to using 3rd party apps as it doesn't appear Apple has even acknowledged this issue let alone said when it might be fixed.  Has anyone else ran into the problem or found a solution other than a 3rd party app? 

Comments:

I've encountered this exact same problem

Posted by John on October 14, 2009 at 06:15 AM PDT #

I have tried this and i have hated it because I have had to take time to cut off and restart.
But my first recording somehow went 1:29:30 so I don't know when i "broke"

Posted by elizabeth on October 29, 2009 at 11:14 PM PDT #

This happened to me twice yesterday and I was wondering 'what the heck happened!' One recording (an interview) went for a little over 25 minutes and stopped. The phone was on the table the whole time, so I know I didn't touch--left me wondering what glitch caused it! Later in the day, I sat in on a professional development briefing and it recording 39+ minutes...and stopped again with another 20 minutes missed. Did not notice till after briefing was over. A random error problem. Oh those are so not easy to fix... Going to body slam Apple on the 3.1 'upgrade' which has also caused my iPhone email to randomly work as well. VERY FRUSTRATING APPLE!!!

Posted by Rich on November 10, 2009 at 11:07 PM PST #

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