Belkin has announced its Universal Microphone Adapter, which allows you to connect any external microphone (with a 3.5mm plug) to your iPod for capturing high quality recordings. The company says that the recordings of conversations, lectures, interviews, and memos will be “cleaner and clearer.” The adapter attaches securely to your iPod with remote/headphone connector; records 16-bit audio at 8kHz; includes real-time recording-level LED indicator; and adjusts microphone sensitivity with a 3-level gain switch. The Belkin Universal Microphone Adapter, which retails for US$39.99, will begin shipping on March 17 in North America.