Today I listened to Indie Spinner Rack podcast #127 which was basically a tale of woe about sending a portable audio recorder to Stumptown with some correspondents. Charlie tells of having the recorder in his jacket pocket and a few days later when he went to get the audio off of it, the device was lost. I too have learned the hard way this lesson: when you do field recordings, get them off of your device absolutely at the earliest possible opportunity. Don’t wait a few days to sync up to your computer, do it in the first minute you can. It can avoid disaster in some cases, and if your field recordings were already ruined it gives you longer to get over it.