iOS Ustream Broadcasting Gear

Arguably the best devices for streaming direct to Ustream are the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, or Apple iPod touch combined with the free and official Ustream Apps.

Not only do iOS devices offer extreme portability and built-in wifi, 3G and/or LTE data service you can also use an external mic as long as you're running at least iOS 5.1 and the latest version of the "Ustream" iOS App.

To use an external microphone without a 30 pin connector, you'll need a specialized, but inexpensive, adapter even if the mic has a 1/8" plug that appears to fit in the headphone jack on your iOS device. We recommend adapters from kVconnection. (Warning: Do not attempt connecting any Microphone to your headphone jack without an adapter as it could damage both the Microphone and the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.)

One of the most popular and best microphones for streaming with an Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, or Apple iPod touch is the Rode VideoMic Pro. It allows you to point the microphone at the audio source for the best pickup, even at some distance, and provides professional quality audio.

The new TASCAM iM2 Channel Portable Digital Recorder has a 30 pin connector so you just plug it into the power/sync cable slot on a 4th generation iPod touch or Apple iPhone and you don't need any additional adapter. The audio quality is very good as long as you're pretty close to the audio source but you won't be able to use it with most iPod cases. So stick with an external mic if you don't want to use your iPod naked or if you need a directional microphone.

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Some products may require USTREAM Producer, Pro, or Studio to have all options and features available to USTREAM or may require additional accessories, software, and/or cables in order to be used. Ustream is an evolving site which implements technological improvements without notice and something that works with Ustream at press time might not work tomorrow; compatibility should not be expected to last forever.