Classic use while exercising?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by godslabrat, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2007
    I *heart* my iPod Classic. I got it because I really, really need the large storage capacity, and I couldn't have made a better call. However, I'm now about to join a gym, and I know the flash-based iPods are much more popular because of fear that the constant jarring will cause the HDD to prematurely crash.

    How valid is this fear? I love having everything on one iPod, but if I have to buy a flash-based iPod just to prevent my baby from dying an early death, I'll do it. It only makes sense.

    How many people use a Classic at the gym or while jogging?
  2. macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I don't have a classic, but from what I've read on the subject, it's not a big deal if you're not in constant motion for more than 20 minutes at a time. So if you are a serious runner and are regularly running more than 20 minutes, it's a problem.

    If you're just at the health club moving from machine to machine, not so much of a problem.

    That said, I love my nano for running. I run about 50 minutes a day and it's just great for that. I think something as bulky as a classic, even if it could handle the jiggling around, would be annoying to carry for that distance.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    I have a third generation iPod (2003) -- and it would lock up periodically, or skip when I ran

    weight training, or cycling suffered no issues
  4. macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Fletcher, NC
    I've never had a problem running with mine.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    cause you're not running fast enough :) -- i kid i kid

    or you simply glide along and run with the softness of a gazelle -- haha
  6. macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    I've been mountain biking with my 5g for a very long time now with no problems.
  7. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    上海 (Shanghai)
    The HDD only spins up when it needs to get songs; just make sure you have a playlist set up, that way it will spin up, fill the cache with a bunch of upcoming songs and be done with it. The cache is around 64MB, so that's enough for 10 songs assuming they are not lossless or something like that. So it will spin up after those 10 songs and refill the cache again; you should have no issues; if you are really worried, spend the $50 and get a Shuffle.

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