Monday, October 8, 2007

I Like My Ipod Shuffle

When running outdoors on a trail or track, or inside on a treadmill, music is an absolute necessity. I have driven all the way to the gym to realize I forget my mp3 player. Instead of biting the bullet and working out to no music, I opted to drive home and get my music and then drive back to the gym. I'd rather not work out than work out without music. The beats, the drum solos, guitar solos, and passionate lyrics give me the fuel I need to get the most out of my workout. Without this fuel, I become bored, uninspired, and eager for the workout to end. With the music, although feeling the pain of fatigue associated with a good workout, I am able to enjoy myself and get the most out of the workout.

Because of this requirement I have for loud music when I'm exercising, I've always found it worth my money to invest in the latest and greatest portable music device. As a kid I had a tape walkman and always made mixes to listen to. Later the tape walkman turned into a discman. I even bought a mini-disc player in college, but that was soon obselete when digital mp3 players emerged. After initially buying an iRiver mp3 player, I've been through a slew of iPods, owning a regular iPod, an iPod Video, an iPod mini, and an iPod Nano.

The nano has been a mainstay for a couple years now. It's small, holds more than enough music, and I have a light armband for it that I use to fasten it to me while I'm exercising. However, it had caught my eye recently at the gym that many people have the iPod shuffle, which is much smaller than even the nano, and comes with an integrated clip to fasten it to your clothes.

Over time my desire to own one of these little devices grew until finally I became motivated to actually drive to the local Apple store and buy one. They are price around $85, come with headphones (that I needed anyways and would have cost me $20), hold 1GB of music, are display-less, very tiny, and have the aforementioned clip. When listening the iPod Shuffle, the "shuffle" feature is optional which was a major selling point for me. When I work out, I like to set the order of the songs so that the most high-powered tunes are at the end when I'm nearly sprinting. If listening to the songs in random order was required, then this device would not have been for me.

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