My next reaction was to buy a bunch of Apple stock. My friends talked me out of it -- it was expensive and the success of iTunes was already factored into the stock price. Besides...its Apple. Um, ok, right, so I passed. The stock is only up about twenty times since then. 100% wrong.
I have been trying to get music and running right since the beginning. Headphones -- I have tried them all. Seriously, I bet I have 20 pair. I owned, as a kid, one of the very first Walkman stereos (a cassette tape model, with foam covered headphones and before the yellow rubberized case, 1980 maybe?).
|My first Walkman circa 1980?|
So, with that backdrop...I present the next revolution...Bluetooth headphones. In essence, athletic headphones with a tiny Bluetooth receiver in them so no wires to the iPod. Is that a big deal? I think so. The wires bounce and tend to pull out the headphones. (My Sennheiser sport headphones have the single worst cord design I have used -- a microphone right in the middle that bounces and both distracts and pulls out the headphones in ear.) For my runs, I assiduously plan the location of my iPod, the wires, where they go, etc., and the armband, Spibelt, pocket whatever, where the iPod will be stashed.
For Christmas, Mrs. Wolve gave me a new iPod Nano. Eh, don't need it, but thanks, probably return it. Keep in mind I just returned and got a new pair of Westone headphones (under warranty yeah!) which died because of sweat. But then I saw a post about these Bluetooth ones, designed for sports and sweatproof ...Jaybird Bluebird X. What if...I used the headphones, bluetoothed to iPhone...yeah! I bought the headphones (pricey at $169, but I had a discount from Best Buy to use, so not insane).
First run, with the iPhone, was a revelation! Not having wires dangle was just, like magic. They sounded great and it was literally like music just appeared in your ears. It is disorienting really, not having a wire dangling, because I expect it. It's just weird, but awesome.
The next problem was the iPhone. It's too heavy to stash in a pocket and slung around as I ran. And then I remembered.. the new Nano has Bluetooth! Awesome ...it will fit into the tiny little pocket in most of my running shorts. (For whatever reason, most mens shorts have like a 2 inch elastic pocket sewn into the waist that is good for nothing except holding a nano. Maybe a key, but not money, trust me.
And so I configured the nano, the headphones paired, etc.,.. and ...Game Over. This is it. The nano is undetectable. The sound is incredible. The lack of wires is indescribable. This is it, the ultimate running music set up. I cannot describe enough how crazy good the sound is and the lack of wires makes it just like it is coming from inside your head.
Is it perfect? Eh., pretty close. As the name implies the Jaybirds, are bud style which have to lodge in your ear canal to stay put. When they do, the sound is incredible. If they slide out the sound is only just good, and it feels like they are about to fall out as I ran. Invariably, I can't get the right size tip and the holder to make a perfect fit. Soon, though, someone will take the Yurbud idea (a rubbery thing that molds to your ear and make them Bluetooth and sweatproof...and bang.
I called the iTunes revolution. The next one is Bluetooth headphones.