Duke University will reduce its iPod scheme in its next academic year, following an extensive review of the impact of the scheme.

In autumn 2004, incoming students to the institution were given 20GB iPods to use as part of their academic training. They also received Belkin Voice Recorders.

The college found the iPods to be most useful in music and language classes, though students in other classes did use the voice recorders to record lectures, for example.

Looking forward, Duke's team said: "Initial planning for academic iPod use focused on audio playback, however; digital recording capabilities ultimately generated the highest level of student and faculty interest."

Limitations included: an inability to synchronize text and audio content, and scarcity of available education materials in digital audio formats.

The University will in future limit the iPod scheme to students in "applicable classes".

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