Want to buy an iPod (Running with an iPod)

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    CmdrLaForge

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    Hello,

    I think about buying an iPod. I would like to know if anyone has experience and used it when running.

    I read a Test in a Mac Magazin (MacUp) that if you hold the iPod in your hand he workes fine but if you have it in your backpack you need to restart every 10 minutes and he does not work fine.

    Anyone similar experience ?

    Thanks for your replys
    CmdrLaForge
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    I have run with the iPod, and it seems to work fine in your hand (like you said). However, in a pocket, the hard drive doesn't seem to be able to withstand the shock, and it stops playing after about 20 mins or so.

    However, when I'm walking with the iPod in my backpack, there's not a hitch. It works great. I think you will love the iPod if you decide to purchase it, the skipping is not a huge issue (and many people don't seem to have the problem).
     
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    cwedl

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    Running with my ipodgb

    I have just started running everyday for about 1 hour. I hold my ipod in my hand, because it is too heavy to clip onto my shorts, and the case that came with it isn't that good for stopping sweat going onto the ipod.

    I have a 15 Gb ipod and need a case that will be suitable for getting wet, and hopefully save it from dropping sometimes.

    so what is the best case.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    i've read somewhere that it isn't recommended to exercise w/ portable hard drives, but I think that was just out of caution. Anywhoo... a quick search online showed me this

    http://speckproducts.com/isport/index.html
     
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    Unless you really expect to fall (running trails, etc.), wrapping the little guy in a small piece of Saran Wrap or Reynolds Plastic Wrap (colorful) works well for me. If you ever do find a case that will prevent skipping please post it. I have tried four different ones with no success with my 30 GB. Only skipped once when I hold it.
     
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    This is my only disappointment with the 30GB. You can hold it in your hand (wrap it in Saran Wrap or the more colorful Reynolds Plastic Wrap) for protection. I have tried four different holders (two for the arm, two for small of the back) with no consistent success. I am now in the market for either a 5GB (which has less of a problem) or a solid state player that can handle AAC. I should add that the iPod is with me at all times and I can't imagine not having those 7000 songs always available.
     
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    zim

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    I ride my bike, off road, and put my ipod usually in my pocket or my bag, never had any performance issues with it. I know some others that run with them, don't know anyone with the new 30GB drive but they use the arm bands and love them. I have also going skiing with my iPod, no problems there either.

    Try it, you will like it.
     
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    bought a new jacket for my 30GB iPod. Looks pretty cool. But only had it for like 48hrs. Since I had the jacket I have dropped it on the floor once and it protected it fine. The action jacket as its called came with an arm strap looks ideal for running with but have yet to test it out. Been walking around with the iPod in my loose pockets and it stops playing, thats suggest that the iPod isnt ideal for running.
     
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    zim

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    I forgot to add, when I ride, I usually pad my bag or pocket to absorb the shock. Your are correct that it will skip if it is just juggling around with your keys, not that I would ever let me keys anywhere near my iPod. :D
     
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    chewbaccapits

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    3G 10 giger here....I jog with it and so does my wife...We hold it with our hands and it has never skipped...
     
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    Try an armband case like the Marware Sportsuite Convertible. I have that case and it's great. No skipping.
     
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    When I run- usually 15-30 minute runs of 2-3 miles, I always keep my ipod in my pocket. Never had any problems- in fact, I would recommend getting an iPod as soon as you can, it'll make exercising that much more fun/palatable.
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    Hi,

    thanks for your reply. Pls can you specify a little bit more in detail what you mean by "stops playing"

    What to do then ? Do you have to reboot ? Or just press a PLAY button or somethng. Maybe just hold it in your hand for a while ?

    I am running very long (sometime 2h-3h) and I think it could be much more fun with music. It would be great if the iPod works, but I don't want to spend $400 and then find out that it is frustrating.

    I don't want to hold the iPod in my hand. E.g. I drink a lot during running and then need my hands to be free.

    Is the case that is delivered with the iPod suitable to use while running or should I better look for another case ? i thought about a handy case which is water absorbant. Something like that.

    Thanks for your replys
    CmdrLaForge
     
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    jbomber

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    i've had my ipod crash on me while banging around in a side pocket in my cargo pants. i doubt it would stand up to banging around while running. if you can manage to find a clip or case that you like, try attaching it so it's somewhere around the small of your back. it'll move less there than on the sides...
     
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    ARMBAND!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the only way to go if you want to jog. The movement on your arm is smooth enough to not effect the iPod.
     
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    question fear

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    as an alternative, there is a solid state player by panasonic that supports aac, but its 150 or so and needs a mem card for any significant amount of time spent with music, which makes me feel like its not worth it, as i can comb the internet and for the price of the panasonic player and cards one can get an older gen ipod.
    but if you need a solid state player look on panasonic's website.
    good luck.
    --carly
     
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    Good God, this looks more like an ammunition belt than an iPod folder. I can't imagine anyone would want to run around with this ... thing.
     
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    Word of Warning

    I have a marware armband case and the original 10 gig. I run three miles every other day and I typically have to do a hard reset on mine once a run. The ipod will completely lock when the buffer runs out, usually around 22 minutes. While it seems that many people here are having better luck, I would check the apple ipod discussion boards, because there are many people with my exact problem.

    Here is a recent link: http://discussions.info.apple.com/webx?50@224.ObenarM4cJ4.8@.59977807

    I love my ipod for walking around the city, and I couldn't imagine anything else, but for running, I have found it disappointing. I am currently in the market for a small mp3 to run with.
     
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    Chicks dig the iPod

    I got a 30G iPod and soon after started running with it in a pocket or with the belt clip (which, I must say, if you clip it onto your undershorts and running shorts is not even close to falling off). It would lock up and I'd have to reset every 20 or so minutes, which wasn't much of a bother even, but I felt like I was abusing my iPod, knowing how a hard drive works and why it needed resetting.
    After one full reset (initialization) of the drive and a reloading of my songs, I now run without any skips at all. I once ran and jumped over something large and it flew out of the clip case and into some sand, but made it out with only a scratch or two. Perhaps that was what did it... If you don't need the extra, get a 20G, I've heard there are far fewer problems with them. If you want the 30, it's a mixed bag, works for some, not for others. If you try all of the methods myself and other readers have suggested, you should be able to find one that will do the trick, I'd think.
    Aside from running, the iPod has increased my quality of life greatly in the car, excercising, as a hard drive, and at parties.. The chicks really dig it. ;)

    --Sincere
     
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    old iPods have 20minute antiskip protection. i'm not sure about the new ones except my 15GB has 25 minute antiskip protection. i thought it would skip on the bus like my cd players did, but it never skiped. (i had a rickety school bus)
     
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    Man that thing's big and FUGLY....
     
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    Exercising w/ Pod

    My original 5 Gig iPod went through everything in it's Marware case. I've used every piece of gym equipment in the place (treadmasters, steppers, etc...) with my iPod on my arm and I've never had an issue.

    That iPod was recently acquired by my wife, and I've replaced it with a new 10Gig. Haven't tried it yet, but I hope it works as well...

    When I originally went looking for an MP3 Player, I was worried about the iPod's hard drive as well. When I posted a question about it in an iPod forum, the advice was OVERWHELMING that the iPod would be fine short of throwing it against the wall...

    Good luck!

    ...Jim
     
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    The iPod is like any hard-drive-based player: the more you jostle it around, the more likely you are to have problems, because too much shock can jounce the read-write head of the drive and cause mis-reads or damage. So the more you can keep it steady, and insulate it from shocks, the better it'll run.

    For what it's worth: I don't run, but I do regularly listen to my second-gen 10 GB iPod on the bus going to and from work. The MTA seems to pick the most rickety old buses in the fleet for my route, which goes over some roads so bad that cobblestones are exposed underneath the asphalt. I carry the iPod in its original case, tightly wedged into my purse, on my lap. I can't remember it skipping even ONCE. I've been very impressed.
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    After all: I don't buy one.

    Hello guys,

    after all I read now and especially the thread in the apple forum above I decided not to buy an iPod

    Damn - I wanted one so much. But if I can't use it as expected - it's better not to get one and then be angry about apple.

    Thanks - you helped me a lot. Even if the answers are not as I hopped.

    Cheers
    CmdrLaForge
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    Got a Creative muvo for $99.

    Its great for running.

    If you want to hear more - let me know.

    Cheers
     

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