Best iPod for running?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by rewardsguy, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. rewardsguy macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2014
    New poster here! Just picked up an iPod Shuffle for running and gym use. Figured the Shuffle is inexpensive and I could use it without worrying about damaging it. I wish it had a larger capacity however. Anyone use the Nano (or other model) for running and happy with it?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Best iPod for running would be something flash based and with buttons. I'd suggest a 3rd, 4th, or 5th generation iPod Nano.
  3. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    Get a Shuffle. Doesn't matter too much if you lose/break it, and has a capacity of 14-15 hours of 320kbps MP3. If you're planning on doing back-to-back ultramarathons you can always down-sample the bit rate when transferring through iTunes.
  4. 7thson, Apr 6, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014

    7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    Almost any nano would be great, especially with a case with a clip, excepting the 6th gen, which incorporated a clip. Shuffles are good, but if you listen to audiobooks or want a visual interface, go nano. If you can afford it, the 7th gen nano has bluetooth, allowing for more options in ear gear. That's my 2 cents.
    Edit: I wasn't disqualifying the 6th gen, just acknowledging it already has a clip.
  5. rewardsguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2014
    Thanks guys. I used the Shuffle on a short run today and the thing is incredibly small and light - almost too small to press the buttons comfortably. I liked the Nano but am hesitant to pay that much for something I would sweat on and subject to the rain, heat, and humidity. Does the Nano hold up well? Is the touch screen still responsive if it gets a bit sweaty?
  6. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I would recommend a case with a built in screen protector in that case. It is very responsive but don't flood it with sweat. A good armband case would serve you nicely...
  7. LOLZpersonok macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2012
    Calgary, Canada
    I will suggest you try the 7th generation iPod Nano. You can buy it brand new, it's small, has a good screen and comes in 16GB capacity. I have one, and I can say that for what you're looking for, it is probably a pretty good purchase.
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    I have both the 6th and 7th gen Nano and prefer the former for cardio. It's small and clips on, perfect iPod for running IMO. Use mine at least 3x a week and it's been two years now.
  9. likun macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2014
    7thson's answer is good

    7thson's answer is good.;)
  10. racoop macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2012

    IMO as a long-time runner, nothing beats the iPod Shuffle. Period.

    It's light and you can do everything you need w/o having to stop running or look at it.

    Been using a 2nd gen Shuffle since it was new in 2008. Basically it is the same model as the current one. Still going strong after thousands of miles of sweat and hundreds of charges. And if it does take a crap, it's only $50 for a new one.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    iPod nano with Jawbird Bluetooth headphones.

    Works great.

    And I'm not too worried about getting sweat on it.
  12. rewardsguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2014
    Just a quick update: after using the Shuffle for a few days I've decided to keep it instead of getting the Nano. Having physical buttons is a plus (don't have to look at touch screen mid run) and it feels like it's not even there after clipping it on. Since I use my iPhone as my main "iPod" already, I think the Shuffle is a great addition to use on runs.
  13. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I used a Shuffle for years. It worked great. However, about 5 months ago, I got a new Nano and it's been awesome. I love the fact that it could play radio stations. I was getting bored of the music I had on my Shuffle and FM radio gave my runs something new to listen to.
  14. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    6th generation nano. Or current gen shuffle.

    Amazing how a clip makes a device awesome for sport.
  15. PinkyMacGodess, May 7, 2014
    Last edited: May 7, 2014

    PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    I have a current gen Nano, for the capacity, and the Nike+. Finding a case is hard because the arm strap cases usually allow sweat to leak in. I use a Nathans waste belt that fits the Nano perfectly, and ID and key. Keeps the Nano drier than the Belkin arm band.

    I was surprised at not seeing that many good cases for the Nano, especially considering its size and features. Once I get it going, I don't need the screen, just hit the button occasionally. You can control the music with any pair if headphones with the corded remote. I use the Bose ones, as the Polks I had shorted out due to sweat in the control.

    The Nathan belt I use is probably close to this one as it seems that the model I have was discontinued. Amazon has the one I have...

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