Although Apple announced no dramatic design changes for their iPod lineup during last week's keynote address, they did have some good news for athletes. Thanks to a few small tweaks, the iPod Nano has quietly become one of the top pieces of fitness equipment for athletes. Below, we break down the reasons why.
A Better Nike+
One of the biggest advances in the seventh generation Nano is its Nike+ system. For years, Nanos have been compatible with Nike+ to track speed, distance and calories burned during runs, but they required syncing with a receiver in the shoe, which was not always easy to integrate and which had to be replaced when the battery died.
In the new Nano, Nike+ compatibility is seamless, and athletes no longer need extra equipment to track workouts or upload data to the Nike+ website. Because Nike's accelerometer is baked into the Nano, you can simply clip the device to your shirt or wear it on your wrist. The iPod does the rest.
Nano now offers a variety of interchangeable watch faces. Athletes can purchase a Nano watch strap online and pick the face of their choice—everything from Mickey Mouse to a stopwatch format (perfect for training sessions).
Classic iPod Nano Features
All the things that made the iPod great for workouts are still a part of the product. Athletes can create fitness playlists and expand them with Genius suggestions that scan their library to find songs they might like. Tired of listening to the same music on runs? For the second straight year, Nano includes an FM radio tuner. Battery life now extends up to 24 hours, so you can run, walk, hike and bike all day and all night without recharging.
Perhaps best of all for athletes on a budget, the Nano's price has dropped to $129 for 8GB models and $149 for 16GB models. You can buy yours today at Apple's online store.
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