iPods and Running

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Aciddan, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Aciddan macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2002

    About 9 months ago I developed a sick sick habit... Running. Since developing this problem I have dropped 13kg and have a deep desire to see if I can run with an iPod.

    My running distances have blown out to being regularly 7+km (last few have been 10+) and given that I am running for a bit of time I was wondering if an iPod could hack the pressure?

    hat kinds of tolerances can it handle? since it's basically a lappy HDD in a little box how does it handle jolting and running?

    Are there any accessories that allow you to carry an iPod while running (ie like the Nike MP3 player that straps firmly to your arm?

    -- Dan, oddly enough - off for a run now :D
  2. niles macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2003
    Bristol, UK
    re: ipods and running

    You shouldn't have a problem - I've run a half marathon with my 2nd gen ipod and it worked fine, no skipping at all.

    Its a proper pain to run with though - far too heavy to fit in a pocket or clip to your shorts, so you'll end up carrying it. Not ideal, but you do attract envious glances!
  3. GrizzlyHippo macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2002
    on the sofa

    My experience has been the opposite of niles - any sort of 'activity' sport that involves the iPod getting jogged around results in about 15 minutes of play followed by skipping, then nothing at all.

    This is a major pain in the arse and I am now buying a RioSPORT S35S for such activities.

    Also, the Apple KnowledgeBase is full of people who have tried running with their iPods and f**ked them completely, resulting in them being sent back to Apple, broken.

    Good luck whatever you choose to do.

  4. .a macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2001
    i also heard, that after about 20 min the sound is gone (after the "skip protection" has ended (limit of ram)). but about broken ipods i haven't heard anything.

    i started jogging yesterday - without an ipod.
    hope, i'll get 13kg off, too - my respect!!! :)
  5. lmalave macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2002
    Chinatown NYC
    Re: re: ipods and running

    You can buy the ActionJacket for the iPod which comes with both a belt clip and an armband. The armband would be ideal for running, I would think.
  6. acrobat macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2003
    yeah... that doesn't work so much

    i bought my iPod (3G) specifically so i could go running with it. however, it skips after 10-15 minutes, and when i say skips, i mean just stops. i took it in to the Apple Store and asked the guy at the "Genius Bar" and he said that because it was basically a hard drive spinning in there, you can't really run with it. after what's in the RAM wears out, you're done. so, i was kinda bummed and now have purchased a RIO MP3 player. (they come with the armband and are only like $90 at Costco.)
  7. rueyeet macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2003
    From other threads like this one, it does seem that if you can manage to put the iPod somewhere where it won't get jostled as much--carried, or in an armband, for example--it might do okay.

    I listen to mine on the bus every day as we rumble over roads so bumpy that I've actually been bumped out of my seat! but the iPod hasn't so much as skipped once.

    Another reason I prefer walking to running....just think, all the damage suffered by the iPods of all those runners was AFTER their shoes, feet, and legs had absorbed most of the shock of the constant pounding against the pavement.... *ouch* :eek:
  8. macrat macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2003
    I bought my 15G iPod basically for running and it was a mistake. The mini-hard drive will not work past the 20 minute Skip-Free protection. It doesn't matter whether you hold it in your hand, use an arm band, tight pockets, etc. This has been talked about heavily at the Apple.com discussion forums. All the serious runners share the same mistake I made. Still kept my beatiful iPod but went back to my solid-state Nomad IIc MP3 player for my +1hour runs. It is also compatible with iTunes although limited to about 150 megs
  9. ac2102 macrumors member


    May 12, 2003
    Bristol - England
    Did Apple skip 4 - 14 generations of iPods? ;)

    I know that they are innovators but that is mightily impressive!

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