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To be honest, I think the best solution and the best product for listening to musc while you're running or exercising is the cheapest iPod there is, the Shuffle. This is because it's so cheap and simply designed that you don't need to worry about it getting damaged. However, before I realised this, I used some other solutions, and this is a good way of taking your iPod with you.
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This product, from Belkin, who are I think well known for making accessories for iPods and other music devices that are often cheaper than the official products, fits the iPod Nano and allows you to wear it while you are running. It fits around your arm with a strap and has a pouch which carries the iPod, but with spaces that allow you to still control it and, for example, change the track or the volume - although I think this is easier to do and more effective if you have earphones with controls attached.
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I used this for a while before I bought the Shuffle, and I never had any problems with it. Although I prefer using the Shuffle, I think this is a good solution if you want to keep using your Nano. I think it is ideal for people who like to listen to music while exercising, as it's very easy to use and is well-made. In the past, I've had some problems with Belkin products breaking after a year or so of use, sometimes less, but this has not been the case with this product. When you're running, it stays attached well, and doesn't slip off your arm. The band you use to attach it to you is reasonably comfortable, although I'm not sure I'd want to wear it for too long. The iPod fits in easily and is easy to operate when it's in the pocket.
Overall, I think this is a good product that I would use if I only had a Nano.
During the summer a friend and I thought it would be a nice idea to do a workout a few times a week in the sun to try and shift some flab. The park in town contains a trim track as they call it which is basically a 2 mile path along the river that has intervals along the way with various apparatus such as pull up bars, logs for sit ups etc.
We went to the gym and bought ourselves snazzy new outfits and waited for the weather forecast to tell us we were going to be in for a nice week of sunny weather. Obviously we waited quite a long time.
I realised whilst I was waiting to actually go to the trim track that I had no pockets in my new outfit so would have nowhere to put my iphone whilst doing the apparatus so I had a look online at my options. I liked the idea of an arm band and I decided on the Belkin dualfit sports armband for the ipod nano because I have a few Belkin products and in my experience I have found them to not only be value for money and cheaper than a lot of other brands but they have always been generally of a high quality so I was pretty confident that this one would be no different.
When it arrived and I got it out of its box I could see straight away that it was a good quality. It is made from neoprene which is a kind of rubber material like a wetsuit is made from I thought that was good for a start for something that is probably going to get sweated on.
It has the clear plastic case for the nano and on one side of this is a long strap that has Velcro all the way along it and on the other is a thicker piece of neoprene with a slot for tightening the armband through.
Getting the armband on is incredible easy, you just put it on your arm and slide the strap through the slit and pull it until it is the right tightness for you and then attach the Velcro.
The inside of the band is completely smooth so it feels comfortable on my arm and the fact that the Velcro is on the outside and never touches my skin means that I don't have to worry about my arm getting scratched or itching which is something I hate with Velcro products.
Once the armband is in place i have never had to worry about it coming off or sliding down my arm as it stays in exactly the same spot as where I attach it.
I have to tighten it quite a lot and my arms aren't huge so it should be suitable for most people including muscle men.
The pouch for the nano is very snug and once in the nano isn't going anywhere so you can run and jump without the fear of your ipod going smashing to the ground.
I did have a problem in the beginning with the plastic covering being so thick it meant that it was really difficult to use the scroll wheel and I had to just pick a play list and stick to it as I couldn't change it without taking the ipod out of the pouch. This wasn't a big problem for me as I already had my music picked and ready on one playlist that I wanted but it does state that it is supposed to allow complete control over the ipod so it really should.
I have found though that the plastic seems to have softened since it was new and it does allow me to control the ipod through it now most of the time.
One little bonus of this armband that I didn't know about when I bought it is that it has a little pouch for a key which is fantastic as I had not put any thought into this and would have had nowhere for my car key otherwise.
I only paid £7.99 for this armband which I think is a great price as it is fantastic quality, really comfortable and cheaper than most of the other ones I have seen.