ipod lifespan?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ecblues, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. ecblues macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for the multiple questions, but seems everything apple in my apartmnt is falling apart...

    If you're a vigorous 10K A DAY/7days/week/etc runner (and i mean professionally fast), how long do these ipods last? My 40gig model won't run or restart and it's been 5 months since this model itself had replaced a previously burntout model at Christmas time. The only time I am thankful for Best Buy warranties!

    BTW, it's my roommate who uses it. A lot. I'm the lazy one with the stooped posture.

    ecblues
     
  2. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

    Rocksaurus

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    Since the iPod is a hard drive based player, excessive running with it is kind of asking for trouble, unfortunately. For running a Shuffle will last a lot longer since it's flash based (solid state), with no moving parts that can lead to data loss... My 3rd Gen 10 Gig is like a year and a half old, going strong, but I rarely run with it.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    Erm, as far as the shuffle is concerned, I heard bad reports about water / sweat intrusion through the seams. There was a thread here about that. If that has been resolved, then, agreed, it's a great thing.

    There are a lot of people here who run with iPods, though, albeit maybe not at professional speeds. I know I am one of them, in both regards (running and not at professional speeds). :D

    I haven't been using my iPod this way long enough to be really insightful about longevity, but I know that I have used it over the past year with typical training weeks in the 35-60 mile range, without issues. I have also finished a marathon with it. The way you use it impacts this a lot -- I hold it in my hand, and I find that it has never really skipped as a result of running. Other ways of holding it might cause more vibrations. When I ran the marathon, it got so much salt and grime on it from my hand that the buttons were hard to use, but when I cleaned it off, it was as good as new. ;)
     

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