I like the Zoom Digital Recorders (H2 or H4). The microphone is built in and it runs on AA batteries for convenience in recording. Listen to the result with earphones or plug it into a stereo system. Mine records on a 8 GB SDHC card, so with a cardreader, I can also copy or play the sound files on my computer. The quality on mine is nice enough that I can use it for background music on YouTube videos of pictures.
— Alice in windy Wyoming