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OT - Anyone jog with an iPod?

Apologies for the OT post - just figured there's bound to be at least a few contributors here that are in the same boat as I am...

... I've been on the lookout for an iPod belt/holder that would secure my player while I jog. I already have Apple's case, but it means I have to wear a leather belt to clip it to and even then it wiggles a lot as I run. The arm band for the iPod mini looks really good.

Anybody find a setup that works well for jogging with your iPod?

Thanks in advance...

+=
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

In a previous life I was a running coach. Really, a USA T&F certified coach, so let me give you my expert opinion.

Don't run with earphones. For females especially, it is downright dangerous. Here's a running club safety reference.

http://www.crisny.org/users/hmrrc/safe_1.htm

Yeah, yeah, I know, you're going to do it anyway. When you get run over by a semi, don't come back crying to me.

old_timer
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

iPod?  Wait for the MS clone, the XPad.

Misc Troll
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

"When you get run over by a semi, don't come back crying to me."

If a semi is on the sidewalk, it's probably going to run me over whether I'm listening to music or not.

Art Vandelay
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I don't understand how anyone can jog with headphones, whenever I tried to do it, the wind noise hitting the headphone earpiece was way too loud for me to get any enjoyment from the music.  If I want music while I run, I go to the gym.  Real life has a great soundtrack and equally good visuals, why would I want to miss that?

devinmoore.com
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I actually bought one of those arm bands that you put around your bicep that holds an iPod, and that works out quite well for running or lifting weights.

MDUB
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Why is a woman more likely to get hit by a semi while jogging with headphones than a man jogging with headphones?

MAybe the OP runs on an indoor track or in a park on a trail.

name withheld out of cowardice
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

There's also the fact that the white earbuds mark you out as someone to mug

Matt
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I have an iPod mini I use the belt clip, typically running the cord under my t-shirt. Works fine for me. My wife has one of the arm bands and likes it, but that's not really my style.

I've seen an aftermarket version of the arm band that works with the regular iPod, and I'm sure there are simple belt clips too.

  --Josh

P.S. The guy with the wind noise drowning out your headphones, to quote a great line from Nothing to Loose - "You must be fast."

JWA
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

My brother has a Mini and jogs with Apple's neoprene armband.  I carry my iPod in my hand.  Neither of us have had any problems (okay I nearly lost mine to the asphalt once).  My suggestion, get an armband or some type of strap to secure it to your hand.

The nice thing about using an arm strap is that the total amount of movement is realtively minimal (compared to a hand) when running.  So the iPod receives less jolts and jarring.  Also, you can use shorter headphones if you have them - less stuff drifting around.

Lou
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

> Why is a woman more likely to get hit by a semi while jogging with headphones than a man jogging with headphones? <

They're not, but as potential targets for rapists, it makes it easier for someone to sneak up on someone listening to music.

It's a safety issue.

As for the sounds of the outdoors being a good enough soundtrack, I have to disagree. The sounds of cars and trucks really overshadows the cooing of the pigeons here in the Big City.

Not a runner anymore
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I am still not understanding the point of an iPod. I mean a weeks pay just for a walkman? What's wrong with the radio? Do you really need to have all 800 tracks from your CD collection with you at any given moment?

Plus carrying expensive equipment like that around (for no reason other then the possibility of wanting to listen to a particular song) seems like an unnessecary concern, ie watching out for theft.

Aussie chick
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

AC, I have just about all of the Dead's bootlegs, albums plus a ton of other music. But, I'm too cheap to buy an ipod until they get to be $100 or less.

I run on a treadmill or a trail in the hills. The only danger on the trail is being eaten by a mountain lion. Being able to hear wouldn't be much help.

Miles Archer
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

LOL Aussie Chick. It's the universe's way of balancing itself.

See, the 800 minutes consists of 20 albums you didn't pay for. So that $300 you're spending on the iPod is really the $300 you would've spent on the CD's.

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Aussie Chick:

What's wrong with the radio is not hearing what you want, not hearing obscure or indie music, and lots of commercials. For some people, that's worth $300. To me, it was worth the $70 for a cheaper MP3 player ;)

Mike Swieton
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

> I am still not understanding the point of an iPod. I mean a weeks pay just for a walkman? What's wrong with the radio? Do you really need to have all 800 tracks from your CD collection with you at any given moment?

Well, I can't stand the radio.  Plus, I'm very easily annoyed by what other people are talking about, so it's invaluable to be able to drown out chatty coworkers/commuters without dragging around a bunch of bulky CDs.

Work + Commute = ~10 Hours of Music

John V.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

What about internet radio? I like RadioParadise.com

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

"When you get run over by a semi, don't come back crying to me."

>If a semi is on the sidewalk, it's probably going to
>run me over whether I'm listening to music or not.

Um, the idea was that sometimes you might have to cross a street?  Duh.

Stating the obvious
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

A good friend of mine managed to get run down and killed crossing the street listening to a walkman. Sorta put me off using them when out and about...

iPod's still rule though!

John C
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Re: RadioParadise.com

Yeah, there's a bunch of really good stuff being played on there.  But, is there a way to stream individual songs from their playlist?  You know, pick what I want to hear?  I guess I just really like being able to choose anything from the ~200 records on my iPod at any time.

Mostly OT, but I never realized how incredibly great The Kinks are until, like, two days ago.  I've bought three of their records (Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Face to Face) since then, and each one is amazing.

John V.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Devin, I'm surprised that the wind noise in headphones bothers you. I sometimes wear them when bicycling, and even at 25 mph I can still hear the music fine. And it's not like I turn it up that loud. Maybe it depends on the design or brand of headphones?

Aussie Chick, I wonder if the iPod price to local compensation ratio somehow gets out of whack outside of the States. I think I paid US$300 for my iPod. That's not anywhere near a week's pay here unless you literally make minimum wage. And most radio here is full of annoying ads, even more annoying talkative DJs, and the same 20 songs over and over again. Thus the appeal of the iPod and its ilk.

John C.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

"The sounds of cars and trucks really overshadows the cooing of the pigeons here in the Big City."

Not everyone lives in the Big City and has to worry about the safety issues you mention.

"...wind noise in headphones...I sometimes wear them when bicycling, and even at 25 mph I can still hear the music fine."

On the other hand, I would agree that anybody wearing headphones while cycling is nuts.  How do you hear the cars?  Or do you only go on secluded bike paths?

Kyralessa
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Ipod mini is $A400 ~ $US280 here 40GB is $A630 (less at the pub) which is about a week's pay sort of for those with a job. Think of contracting rates $A25-125/hour depending on skill and suction, less taxes. Don't even think of emigrating, our IT job market has also been gutted by globalnomics.

OTOH, the radio is pretty good. Try  http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/  or  http://www.pbsfm.org.au/  for samples.

I encountered Commander Cody on PBS and had to leave the road, laughing. (PBS specialise in niche programming)

ABC/JJJ is for kids (of all ages) and ABC/ClassicFM is a good classical feed.

I guess this is leads to my feeling a lightweight FM covers my requirements and besides, how do you converse while jogging?

trollop
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I like the ABC radio station too (it is all I listen to, except perhaps Adam & Will and Dr Carl). I like talk more then music.

Aussie Chick
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

iPod? Jogging? No.


Wednesday, August 25, 2004

http://www.google.com/search?q=mp3run

Just read about this in a magazine.

"ZDNet is calling it the ultimate MP3 player for athletes: a 256MB model from Philips and Nike called the MP3Run that comes with a special Bluetooth module that attaches to your shoe and keeps track of your speed and how much ground you’ve covered. You can even press a button and a synthesized voice can give an update on how you’re doing, and there’s a built-in strobelight to help reduce (but not eliminate) your chances of being struck by a car while running at night." ( http://www.engadget.com/entry/0761112788833189/ )

www.MarkTAW.com
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

> I am still not understanding the point of an iPod. I mean a weeks pay just for a walkman? What's wrong with the radio? Do you really need to have all 800 tracks from your CD collection with you at any given moment?


IPOD can store your ENTIRE music collection.

You can transport this collection anywhere
* car,
* patio/deck, (or any room in the house)
* fitness  (I simply hold my IPOD when running)
* travel,..

I like it more than any 128MB flash based mp3
and I like it more than any CDROM based mp3 player

Portability of a walkman
capacity of a desktop

Bella
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

"There's also the fact that the white earbuds mark you out as someone to mug"

Two words: Concealed Carry :)

Just don’t try and lug around a 30lb Desert Eagle and you won’t have any adverse effects. :)

When I run I have to carry in a fanny pack sort of thing but that's not too bad because it also enables me to put my ID, house key, cell phone, H2O, etc. in there, too.

I’ve tried to put the $generic_mp3_player in there  but I got a ton of transmitted noise through the headphone cord rubbing against my shirt. I suppose if I wanted to I could run it under the shirt and tape it to my chest (or the shirt) but I decided to run without it for the aforementioned ‘situational awareness’ reasons.

I tend to run late at night or early in the morning when predators are out and about and/or friendlies are scarce and so even carrying you need to stay alert and avoid potential situations as soon as possible.

Captain McFly
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

> Not everyone lives in the Big City and has to worry about the safety issues you mention. <

Yes, yes. I was addressing the previous poster's assumption that listening to nature while running is an option. In a city (where, let's face it, MOST people live) you just don't have the same lovely soundtrack that the country provides.

Not a runner anymore
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Kyralessa, I agree that cycling in traffic with headphones would be unwise. Fortunately, there are some very nice off-street places to bicycle here in the Seattle area, like the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails. Dozens of miles of old railroad right-of-way that's been converted to a (paved) trail with great views and nice amenities, including a variety of local brewpubs that happen to be situated on it. And acres of fresh wild blackberries that have been turning ripe lately, mmm.

I don't wear the distinctive white iPod ear buds, by the way, because they fall out too easily. I had to buy some replacement headphones with over-the-ear clips to keep them properly seated.

John C.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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