There was no minidisk enclosed so I couldn't try it right away. Finding a recordable minidisk was the first challenge. Fortunately, the guy at BestBuy actually knew where to look. I bought a pack of fifteen, enclosed in three plastic boxes, each disk so beautiful, wow wow. Rather like a floppy disk but smaller and more elegant and just so beautiful.
I went to Borders, hoping to be able to record there. But I wasn't able to get it to work. I had found the right size battery (the rechargable one was also not included; I intend to ask the seller about these things). But for whatever reason it just wasn't functioning.
Today, though, I printed out several pages from the manual, which of course I found online, and actually got it to record! Two tracks so far, just me talking and various sounds in the background.
It is so clear and clean! I am so incredibly impressed! I am sure the microphone is a cheap one but that doesn't seem to matter much at all. It will be that much better when I get the mic with the longer cord and more functionality. Now I want to go out to noisy places around town and find out what I pick up, how well I do just recording my voice over the din.
I love my new toy! But I am using it for more than a toy, at least potentially. My plan is bigger than that. I want to do audio interviews, and have a few in mind. For starters, though, to test and practice, I am going to record myself reading a book, a children's book. I"ll edit it, add music, copy to a CD. Then if I feel like it's worth it, I can send copies to Joey and to other little ones in the family. I'm excited!! This is going to be so much fun!