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Old 02-15-2005, 12:37 PM
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iPod and jogging - DON'T DO IT!!!

i took my ipod with me to the gym because i HATE gym music, attached it to my shorts using its case/holder and proceeded to run on the treadmill. after about 20 minutes the music stopped and i checked the ipod and it was frozen... it stayed like that for almost 8 hours, i couldnt turn it off or do anything else until eventually it snapped out of it when the battery died.

i thought that was a freak occurence and a few days later (today) tried it again and after about twenty minutes, what do you know, it froze again!!!! (i know i should have trusted my instincts and left it at home)

after about 2 hours it turned off, but now i can't get it to turn back on, and it won't charge when i plug it in.... piece of crap...

anyone have similar reactions to jogging/intense movement/shaking of their ipods???
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Old 02-15-2005, 01:48 PM
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Yes, some searches will turn up LOTS of discussion on this topic. Some people have no trouble with the iPod while running, others experience problems such as you encountered. I'd suggest try holding the iPod in your hand while running, or strap it to your upper arm. I believe both of these locations will provide for a "smoother" ride for your iPod.




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Old 02-15-2005, 01:51 PM
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My experience with an armband (iCon) is that my 4g 40GB will skip if the armband is turned so it faces AWAY from my body. If I turn the armband so it faces front, it doesn't skip.

Probably has to do with how much side to side swinging it gets in the first position versus front to back swinging in the second.

If I assume the hard drive's platters are parallel to the iPod's case, this makes sense; since the arm that reads the platters would swing like a pendulum in the first position. In the second, the arm's momentum would just be towards the hard drive's disc.
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Old 02-15-2005, 04:09 PM
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use an armband.... i have no trouble with it yet.



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Old 02-15-2005, 04:26 PM
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Re: iPod and jogging - DON'T DO IT!!!

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after about 20 minutes the music stopped and i checked the ipod and it was frozen... it stayed like that for almost 8 hours, i couldnt turn it off or do anything else until eventually it snapped out of it when the battery died.
movement/shaking of their ipods???
this happened when my mom borrowed my iPod for a jog. the battery was drained and had to be fully charged. It was about 35 degrees (f) so that might have had something to do with it



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Old 02-15-2005, 05:15 PM
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I went skiing with my iPod and it was fine. I didn't even use a case. I have an inside pocket in my jacket with headphone holes so it's perfect for my iPod!



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Old 02-15-2005, 08:41 PM
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Oh crap...I think that happened to mine today. I was just walking around with it in my pocket, maybe did a little running. Next thing I know, the screen is blank and it won't turn on or do anything. So I take it home and plug it in....nothing.....oh crap....this sucks....what should I do?!?!
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Old 02-15-2005, 09:09 PM
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I avoid that problem by not jogging.
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this is because the hard drive only has about 20-25 minuets of skip protection (it has to load the song of the disk and if you shake it too much it cant do that) its normal. the shuffle is just about the only solution apple has.




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Old 02-21-2005, 05:05 AM
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There is actually another reason! I just noticed that the iPod photo only has "up to 17 minutes" skip protection, while the 4G regular has "up to 25 minutes".

This is most likely what is causing the problem. I'd like to know why there would be less skip protection. Maybe THAT'S how they squeeze "up to 15 hours" battery life out of it...



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Old 02-21-2005, 10:12 AM
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There is actually another reason! I just noticed that the iPod photo only has "up to 17 minutes" skip protection, while the 4G regular has "up to 25 minutes".

This is most likely what is causing the problem. I'd like to know why there would be less skip protection. Maybe THAT'S how they squeeze "up to 15 hours" battery life out of it...
That theory doesn't hold water. Less skip protection = more hard drive spinning = more battery use.
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Old 02-21-2005, 10:31 PM
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not that this is new news but the shuffle is great for running

my mom ran a marathon yesterday and she listened to it the whole time. She said she couldn't even feel the shuffle.



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On Saturday I ran the treadmill at my cousin's house and my 4G 20GB iPod worked completely fine using my Marware Sportsuit Covertible Armband.



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Old 02-21-2005, 10:51 PM
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I've always heard that you should never jostle a hard drive based player, because there are moving parts in the unit that can be damaged by the motion, and that it's a pretty risky thing to do. The standard to use is, 'Would I do this with a laptop computer'? For jogging, or other activity that has a lot of banging or jostling, you should always use a Flash based player, as they have no moving parts.

If you are going to use your ipod for the gym, I would never attach it to your belt clip, always either hold it in your hand, put it on the machine (like the drink holder), or an armband to minimize jostling. You can damage the hard drive by jostling it while it's trying to access the music files. That's why I always use my MUVO at the gym. Used to the flash players only could hold 64 megs or 128 megs, but now that they can hold upwards of 1 gig, they are much more useful. And it's safer...
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:12 PM
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No problems running with my mini + apple armband. Mini is positioned facing the front.
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