Why is Nike+ only on the Nano?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by polevault139, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    Is there any reason for the fact that you can only use the Nike+ with the nano? Why not a 5.5G iPod. I need the storage of the iPod but I want the Nike+, and don't have enough money right now to buy a Nano. It seems superfluous anyways. Do you think it will ever be available on anything but the nano.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    because the flash based ipods are better for running, (try running for an hour with a video ipod)..

    and because the nano is the smallest ipod with a screen

    and because the nano is the highest selling ipod out of the line up

    need I go on? all guesses anyway
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2006
    i remember hearing that a study was done and most people run with nanos
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2005
    Wirelessly posted (Vodafone/1.0/V705SH/SHJ001 Browser/VF-NetFront/3.3 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1)

    Still doesn't explain why just the nano. Is it that difficult for both to support it?
  5. Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I can't find it right now in a quick search, but I think I remember seeing mention on the Apple site somewhere that they'd rather you not run with the hard drive iPods due to the possibility of damaging them. Obviously, supporting the Nike+iPod on the full-size iPod would imply Apple's approval of people running with them, and I think they're reluctant to do that.
  6. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Seconding WildCowboy's response. Allowing people to use the Nike+iPod kit with a 5G iPod would be legally considered a suggestion that jogging with a HDD is a "reasonable use" of the product. If Apple were to take this course of action it would thus be liable for any damage caused to the HDD by the user jogging and subjecting the drive to stresses that really shouldn't be put on a HDD. Apple would have to cough up a lot of cash in repairs because they wouldn't have a leg to stand on in court if they claimed you shouldn't jog with an iPod.

    Putting it on the nano only covers their arses because the nano won't suffer any damage from sudden movement because it has no moving parts.

    It's all about saving cash and saving face, can you imagine the public backlash if suddenly iPods all over the world were dying from HDD shock when Apple makes it apparent that jogging with an iPod is acceptable? Apple would get destroyed.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    Ill third the motion. This is exactly why.
  8. macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    The "full size" iPod has a hard disk inside, as in MOVING PARTS. Not a great idea to subject it to long periods of jerking and movement. There is a skid protection buffer but still, I certainly wouldn't run for an hour with any firewire hard drive and an iPod is no exception. The nano on the other hand, has no moving parts and can handle lots of movement. The Shuffle is too tiny for any extra technology and is also inexpensive, making it not as worthwhile for a value-add push like Nike+. It's also the highest selling of the lineup.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    Thats what I thought. So maybe I'll just have to fork over some cash for the new shuffle, because i really don't want to have to buy new shoes to.
  10. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    You don't need the shoes, the sensor works perfectly well in any other shoe. Just get one of those little pouches that strap on your laces - there are ones made specifically for the Nike+ sensor so you can use it with any pair of shoes.

    I made one out of velcro that holds it on my old dodgy sneakers and it works really well.

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