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    Saturday, August 20, 2005

    Matt bought me a new toy for tomorrow's 16 mile run. Isn't it the cutest thing? It's all loaded up and ready to go. And now the question is, am I? Posted by Picasa


    At 11:39 PM, August 20, 2005, Blogger Scott in Washington said...

    OK, I'm on my third shuffle now so I feel qualified to give you a couple of unasked for bits of advice.
    1. Don't sweat on it (3 shuffles in 2 months). Sticking it in the waistband of your shorts won't cut it. I shorted out a brand new shuffle in one run. The Apple people were good enough to next day me another and I also bought an armband from them.

    2. Get an arm band or put it in a pouch on your hydration belt if you wear one. I also put a baggie around the shuffle and a rubber band around the headphone cable (saw that on a Vietnam War movie).
    3. As soon as you stop running, take the shuffle's USB adapter cap off and let it dry out. Both of my dead ones left this world because the adapter that lets it charge and communicate with the computer corroded.
    4. The headphones that come with it probably won't stay in your ears when you run (even thought they look cool). I personally like the ones that have a clip that encircles the back of your ear. I got mine at Target for seven bucks.
    5. I'm addicted, now, to podcasts. If you haven't upgraded from iTunes 4.7, which is what shipped with the first Shuffles, to 4.9, do it and then surf the available podcasts via the iTunes music store. If you think there is a podcast out there that isn't listed in iTunes yet you can usually find it’s rss feed with google and then paste in it’s url using the advanced features in the podcast window in iTunes.

    OK, is that too much geekery? I listened to my shuffle while running my 14.28 miles today and it really helped me keep away from the boredom and listening to my own breathing. I listened, instead to some NPR radio shows, some pieces from Slate magazine, several independent programs and some new music I’ve been meaning to give a try as well as some stuff from my high school days.

    I hope you have a good run.

    At 6:03 AM, August 21, 2005, Blogger Stephanie said...

    Thanks for the input, sd. Matt bought this sports band for my shuffle. It's not the white one thatleaves the shuffle exposed, but instead it has a protective pouch for the shuffle. I agree about the headphones...a lesson I learned years ago when I used to run with an old CD player. We bought some with clips.

    The first thing I did on I-tunes was vist podcasts. You have to remember that I'm a huge audio file geek who used to work in public radio. I've been dying to seek my teeth into some podcasts. (Make my own one day? hmmmm.....) Hey, do you know where I could download an episode or two of This American Life?

    At 8:55 AM, August 21, 2005, Blogger a.maria said...

    oooh yay fun toys!!! i too have a shuffle and luv it! i havent checked out podcasts, cuz i...dont....really, uh, know....what those are??....

    but i am very excited for you.... its amazing how much easier it is to take your mind off your aching knee/leg/shoulder/etc when youve got great tunes to listen to!!

    hope your run went (is going?? maybe?!) amazingly, which i'm sure it is.... i cant wait to hear about it!

    and hey, props to the hubby for gift giving!

    At 5:47 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Scott in Washington said...

    Hey Stephanie,

    Glad to hear you're enjoying your shuffle. I don't have this american life queued up in iTunes yet. I think their stuff is available via audible.com. Not sure if there is an official podcast but I did find this guy via google:

    My favorite NPR show, Science Friday, on the other hand has a great, frequently updated cast.

    Pod-on, Pod-o!


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