I have been closely watching the digital microphones (I am not talking about pc pencil sticks, I am talking about quality pre maps built in ones) and was following right from the time Neumann released their first digital mic. Finally when my office needed a mic for podcast purpose, I tried to give the new Alesis podcast usb mic a try.
For the amazing price of $99 it just blew my mind. The installation couldn't be any more easier. They brought true meaning to plug and play. When plugged into a mac OSX with intel based processor it just showed up on all the audio video softwares and was ready to be used. It also comes with a software if you dont have any to record.
This is a perfect solution for pod casters and beginners who don,t need any complications. Did I mention it also comes with a alesis headphones that actually is big and comfortable?