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05 December 2005 @ 10:11 pm
Weeee...that was fun  
iPod Nano, you're the one...

You make cardio lots of fun...

Yeah. I got a 2 gigger. Its name is Wafer. I set it up and chucked a bunch of my favorite rock music on it and took it to the gym tonight. I almost finished the 9-rep round of Round and Round (had to skip the pushups because my upper body was being a real candyass), and then I got on the elliptical and went three miles. Yes. Three. At a good clip, too. I had forgotten that favorite upbeat music just has this way of getting me to the high end of the moderate cardio range without even thinking about it.

The Nano is everything I wanted from an mp3 player. It has just enough weight to feel about as solid as something that dinky possibly can without being obtrusive. In its armband, I basically forget it's there. It interfaces beautifully with iTunes. Its own interface rocks (I love how the touch dial functions as the volume control while the music is playing).

The only problem is that I want some new headphones. Upon the suggestion of the Best Buy guy, I bought a pair that have clips that slide over the back of your ears. They're fine for lounging around, but when you're bouncing up and down, they tend to scoot and I kept adjusting them out of fear that they were going to fall off. The plain old standard earbuds might work better.

But yeah, I love my new toy.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Asuka Sakai, Charlie Kosei - Que Sera Sera
Victoria Maevesyncopated_time on December 6th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
The standard iPod earbuds take a bit of getting used to but once you figure out how to seat them and your ears get used to them they say pretty well set.

iPods are the best.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on December 6th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'll be taking the standard earbuds with me tomorrow. My ears stick out, so that was probably why the clippy earphones didn't want to stay in one spot.

iPods do indeed pwn. I can see getting a different brand if you want certain capabilities that iPods don't have (like support for more types of audio files), but from what I understand, iPods have the best integration with iTunes. Because I use iTunes to manage my playlists and because all I ever want to play is boring old mp3 audio, an iPod is perfect for me.
Shikgonadsandstrife on December 6th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Welcome to the cult.

I hate the standard earbuds. They're really too weirdly shaped for my ears. I found myself a nice pair of contoured Sony ones that are white (cord & all) with transparent blue bits on the buds & they've been a charm. I saw them in pink as well.

Let me state for a fact that Apple iPod repair service (if you should ever need it) is fucking AWESOME.) They replaced my 60-gigger Brynja within a week with a new one (Smilla).

The only addition I wish they would make? Bluetooth capability so you can swap songs with people on the fly. But...licensing..."don't styeal music"...yeah.
yuda on December 6th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
If you're using the Nano in the gym, you may want to pick up a pair of noise-cancelling or isolating headphones, then you won't have to crank the volume up as much.

I've seen (allegedly) isolating headphones starting at about $25, and noise-cancelling ones (which, sadly, are often very large) can get up into several hundred dollars. I don't have a pair yet myself, so I can't really make any recommendations.
sinistarfithsinistarfith on December 6th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
I use a pair of Sony MDR-EX51LP buds with my PSP. They block external sound really well, but be prepared to experience the sound of your own swallowing. Without external noise to compete for brain time, you can hear your own body noises with alarming volume and clarity. This, however, can be drowned out by turning up the volume.

The buds perform well and have decent bass response. It took me about a day to figure out how to seat them properly and get good at placing them correctly every time. Since then, though, they've been great. They're in-ear buds, so they come with three different size cups to fit a variety of canals. And once you have a good fit, they stay in the ear - even if you tug on the cord.

I picked mine up at Best Buy for $40, though it looks like they're now on sale for $37.