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Posted:  22 Jan 2006 19:48   Last Edited By: robert
Cheap mp3 player that works great:

If you just want a cheap MP3 player (not an iPod), then this Sandisk 4 GB mp3 player is a great choice. Only 30 bucks!

I thought I'd mention how nice today's mp3 players are. I listen to music when I go for longer runs, and sometimes I pick an audio book to listen to. It makes it so much easier to keep going! I am noticing I get into what I'm listening to so I kind of "forget" about time - which is great when you run! My first mp3 player was the Creative Zen Micro, which holds thousands of songs. You can see my review I wrote at http://www.dolphinstreet.com/my_music_gear/cr ...

The iPod Nano is really nice too, and it seems these mp3 players in general just get smaller, bigger and cheaper.
Posted:  27 Jan 2006 13:15
I run most of the time with my MP3. love it. great when you have a good song to run to the beat. I have to buy a new one though, mine is only 128. like the book idea. never thought about running with a book. (lol)
Posted:  07 Mar 2006 21:21
I have had my Zen Micro for quite a while now, and I am very happy with it. It sounds terrific and holds 6GB, quite a bit. Highly recommended.
Posted:  18 Apr 2006 18:51
Where do you get your e-books? I know there are audio-books on cassette and cd from either the library, or a bookstore. But I don't wanna have to buy a book's audio-cd's, burn it, and then put it on an mp3 player. well, how do you do it?
Posted:  19 Apr 2006 20:27
I agree! Listening to music while running is an excellent way to take your mind off of the perils of running...ie that occassional cramp in your side.  I have an Ipod Nano and I simply put it on "shuffle" and I'm good to go.  It also has the Audiobook and you can even create your own playlists.  An added bonus to the Ipod is that it also has a built in Stopwatch and can track lap times as well.
Posted:  25 Apr 2006 19:07
That sounds really cool to listen to a book on a run. But it would be weird with my team, I don't usually run alone that often. Good idea when away from home, on a vacation maybe.
Posted:  29 Jul 2006 08:43
I use my iPod Nano and love it. I find that when I am struggling (which I often do, as I am just starting running again after a 3 years break and a 35 pound weight gain), the right song just happens to come on and gives me a bit of a boost.

I also use the stopwatch function on the Nano to time my runs.
Posted:  04 Aug 2006 11:55
i also love using my mp3 for listening to audio books.    My only problem is getting my earphones to stay in from all the bouncing.  got any suggestions?
Posted:  07 Aug 2006 10:34
i absolutely love music while running..takes ur mind off the time...and the best thing bout ipod nano is that i can now use nike+ sensor and track my progress. the sensor seems pretty accurate too.

deedub- dont know what kinda earphones are u using, mine are ipod earphones and they seem to stay in place.

anyone knows if we are allowed to use mp3 players during a marathon or not ?
Posted:  08 Aug 2006 08:26
I think many marathons say in advance that you are not allowed to use mp3 players, but a lot the runners seem to use them anyway. I don't think officials will force you off the course if they see you have an mp3 player.

Headphones, well I use Sony's "behind the neck" style of headphones. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001IVB1S/1 ...

Works great for me.
Posted:  19 May 2008 12:58
I had such a hard time finding a pair that would stay in my ears and still sound good. These are the only ones I ever found that do it– http://www.radiusproducts.com They’re from Japan and I guess designed for hip kids, but great for running, even when you’re not so hip )