Missouri U. says you'll need an iPhone for that journalism class

The Missouri University School of Journalism has told students that they will be required to have either an iPod Touch or an iPhone for their classes. Those gadgets start at $199 a pop -- no small expense for a state university student.

The school says that recording lectures improves information retention.

But an iPod? Really? Aren't there cheaper ways to record things like this vintage Fisher Price tape recorder I found eBay for $4.99? I'm exaggerating, of course, but the point is that there are much, much cheaper ways to make recorded lectures available to students. The professor could record himself and then email every student a WAV or MP3 file of the lecture -- The sound quality would be better too that way.