I had tried to record a number of Podcasts with the inbuilt microphone on my MacBook but was not happy with the quality. If I was going to present this to students surely I had to model a good quality product myself, so I was on the lookout for a good quality mic. Then I found this sexy little thing. I love the look of it and I love the quality. You can get them from the States for $12 but it costs you a fortune to ship them out here. I got mine for $24 at a computer wholesaler. This thing works a treat. Your quality jumps by about 200% but I would have bought it anyway - just look at it. How cool is this thing!