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gladiator
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Icon 5 posted October 10, 2005 00:00      Profile for gladiator     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Alright Ipod owners, I'm ready to drop some dough on an Ipod but debating on the new flash based nanos vs. the last generation Ipod hard drive ones. I have two questions. I will be jogging with my Ipod and want to know the reliability of playback during jogging of the two Ipods. Also, volume is important. Which produces the best volume without sacrificing sound quality. Will be jogging on windy days and need the decibels to get me through.

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If you're going to run, Flash-based music players have no moving parts to break. I got an iPod shuffle because my hard drive-based Rio Karma complained every time I took it running.

If you run like I do, get an OtterBox. iPods are not waterproof, but the OtterBox is. Now I even take it swimming.

I use a pair of Sony MDR-J10 clip-on in-ear headphones. They were pretty cheap, they're more comfortable for me than earbuds, and with either the Karma or the iPod they deliver plenty of good sound.

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I doubt that it'll be iPod-related, but you might want to wait until after the 12th of this month before buying any Apple products.
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Even the hard drive based iPods are good for running because they have a 2 minute skip protection, so I doubt you'll have any problems. The hard drive based iPods hold more music and can also hold pictures.
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Icon 3 posted October 10, 2005 09:08      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The nanos do pictures too. And they are small, which may make jogging with one a bit more pleasant. I'd go have a look at both if you can, to see which one you like the feel of best.

If it were me deciding though, I'd get a nano. [hearts]

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What would you do for a nano?
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Icon 1 posted October 10, 2005 12:04      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
What would you do for a nano?

Damn....yeesh. I certainly wouldn't want to be that guy when applying for a job. Google, anyone? [Wink]

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I just use my ipod when I am driving (when I have access to a car) or when I go out to buy something, so I have an older generation model. It really depends on what you do. If you aren't using it in any sort of situation that would cause adverse effects, then just save money and get an older gen model. That's my advice.
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I can't believe they printed that story in a newspaper! And how'd the paper find out about the party?

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Icon 1 posted October 11, 2005 07:27      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by gladiator:
Alright Ipod owners, I'm ready to drop some dough on an Ipod but debating on the new flash based nanos vs. the last generation Ipod hard drive ones. I have two questions. I will be jogging with my Ipod and want to know the reliability of playback during jogging of the two Ipods. Also, volume is important. Which produces the best volume without sacrificing sound quality. Will be jogging on windy days and need the decibels to get me through.

Buy something else not made by apple, since iPods, IMNSHO aren't worth the inflated expense, and then take yourself to dinner and a movie with the money left over when you buy something comparable for $100 or more less.
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Icon 1 posted October 11, 2005 23:12      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
Buy something else not made by apple, since iPods, IMNSHO aren't worth the inflated expense, and then take yourself to dinner and a movie with the money left over when you buy something comparable for $100 or more less.

You haven't used many MP3 players have you? It's not all hype, the iPod's interface and ease of use outshines the other players in the market. I suffered through 3 different MP3 players before I ended up getting an iPod. I always tell people that say the iPod is all hype to go to an electronics store and play with the various MP3 players. The iPod interface makes sense and is the least confusing. And stay away from players that use Music Match software!

Back to the question, I'd say go with a flash based for jogging. If you have a huge music collection get a regular iPod for all around use and for jogging get a shuffle.

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I just gave my wife a 4Gb black nano for our wedding anniversary. It arrived yesterday, and it is more beautiful, even than I imagined. Just gorgeous. And Bibo is right, Apple stuff works right, in a way no other manufacturer seems able to emulate.

Overhyped? - Phoooey!

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quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
Buy something else not made by apple, since iPods, IMNSHO aren't worth the inflated expense, and then take yourself to dinner and a movie with the money left over when you buy something comparable for $100 or more less.

You haven't used many MP3 players have you? It's not all hype, the iPod's interface and ease of use outshines the other players in the market. I suffered through 3 different MP3 players before I ended up getting an iPod. I always tell people that say the iPod is all hype to go to an electronics store and play with the various MP3 players. The iPod interface makes sense and is the least confusing. And stay away from players that use Music Match software!
Yes I have. Many. While I agree the iPod's interface is sleek and awesome, and well constructed, it's still not worth the pricetag.
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quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:
Back to the question, I'd say go with a flash based for jogging. If you have a huge music collection get a regular iPod for all around use and for jogging get a shuffle.

While I agree the iPod is a killer product, with a great UI, and beautiful hardware design, I must take issue with this particular statement. We don't all have tons of disposable income to buy *TWO* portable music players to satisfy various wants.

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Icon 1 posted October 15, 2005 18:53      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I held an iPod nano in my hands for the first time yesterday, it is truly a thing of beauty, and a technological marvel. (even the 2G has more storage than the first computer centre I worked in).

I think I'm in love. [hearts]

quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
We don't all have tons of disposable income to buy *TWO* portable music players to satisfy various wants.

Sadly, true. [cry baby]

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