Working out with an Ipod Classic or a nano? which is better?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by -Josh-, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone -
    I just heard that if you bounce too much with a classic it may ruin it, because it has a hard drive. Does this mean a Nano would be recommended for intense jogs on a treadmill or an elliptical because of the constant movement?

    Any advise?

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
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    Jasonbot

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    You've got it spot on! Don't take taht classic near a treadmill. Oh, you may want to get a case in case of treadmill induced damages
     
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    Indeed, a nano is a much better bet – and you can pair it with a Nike+ kit if you're so inclined, something you can't do with the classic.
     
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    tkidBOSTON

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    There are a bunch of threads on this if you're looking for more insight, such as this one but the common consensus seems to be Nano > Classic if you're going to be moving around a lot.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is confusing.
    I use to use my Zen vision M all the time at the gym, I had no problems with it. It had a hard drive as well.
    That thread goes back and forth, it seems like it's all opinion.

    I'm getting no where.
     
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    tdhurst

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    Huh?

    Any music player with a hard drive (like the classic) is more LIKELY to suffer damage if jostled heavily during usage, while flash based music players (like a nano) don't have any moving parts, so chances of it being damaged if jostled during use is nil.

    I ran for years with my 3G iPod (hard-drive, of course) without problems, but have heard many stories of people whose iPods didn't last more then a few months when used while jogging.
     
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    jnc

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    I'd be much less concerned about dropping a Nano during a high speed activity such as running than I would a Classic. Heck, even a Shuffle should do the trick, just one random playlist of loud, fast tracks to keep you pumped :D
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    When I jog with my 20g 4th gen, I just hold the ipod in my hand instead of putting it in my pocket or something. Much less shock to it that way, since the arm provides some vibration dampening compared to flopping back and forth in a pocket. I just picked up a new 80g classic, so I'll probably just keep using my 4th gen for jogging (just in case)
     
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    tkidBOSTON

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    Sorry to confuse things. The bottom line is the Classic will be more prone to damage than the nano...

    I think the answer to your question depends on what you really want to know:

    Q: Can you use the Classic while working out without it breaking?
    A: Probably.
    Q: Are the odds of damaging a classic while working out better than the odds of damaging a nano while working out?
    A: Yes.
     
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    Eric Lewis

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    nano would work better
     
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    Applespider

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    I used to run with a hard-drive iPod. It was fine so long as I stuck to the playlist that I'd put in since then it was able to buffer enough to keep the songs playing. If I started skipping songs, then I'd find that the music started skipping. Obviously, the motion was jolting the hard drive even though the iPod managed to compensate some of the time.

    The Nano is a better shape for running with - easier to tuck in a pocket or an armband and Nike+ is great.

    Then again, if you're going to be more on exercise bikes or ellipticals rather than the treadmill, having a Classic and watching a movie while working out might appeal. The Nano's screen might be a bit small for doing that.
     
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    an ipod doesn't get jolted when you are runing. you bounce up and down but there is no impact to the actual ipod, unless you have it in your shoe or something. this is just absurd. im sure a few people here or there have had issues but really maybe they had a faulty ipod or some other issue, there is no way to know that it was because of the light jostling that goes on when your running.

    that said id always go smaller with something you run or exercise with.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys -
    I was going to just use an armband with my ipod classic, does it bounce a lot then?
    I'll go ahead and get a classic rest assured that my old HD based mp3, Zen vision m, had no problems.

    I can't handle just choosing some songs to bring with me. It's so impossible. I much rather spend $50 more and have my entire collection with me. That's the only reason I'm not going nano.

    Josh

    EDIT: Scratch that, i'm nano bound.
     
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    tdhurst

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    hmm...

    Some people run differently. Some people run trails.

    It all depends.

    That being said, the size and weight of the nano make it ideal for running. I bought a refurbished 2g nano specifically for running (and Nike+) and I couldn't be happier, but I already had a video iPod. I'm not sure I'd want to have a nano as my only iPod.
     
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    tdhurst

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    My boss bought a 5G for exactly that, but uses his iPhone now.
     
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    Squonk

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    I run with an iPod mini in an armband and skip through songs rather often since I just put the player in full shuffle mode. It has never skipped or failed. My 3G 20GB would freeze occasionally during running with it clipped on my shorts at the center of my back. My running is mostly on roads or treadmill.

    The Classic would be fine but a nano would eliminate any risk of hard drive failure and would be more comfortable due to its smaller size.
     

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