July 6, 2006

Nike and Apple Launch Nike+ Training aids Next Week

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So if you haven't heard, Nike and Apple recently announced a partnership to develop and market fitness equipment targeted at runners (for now, more to come?) that links up enabled footwear and the apple iPod Nano that will record your workout while also giving you prompts about your pace, distance, time, etc. All of this goes on sale a week from today. Looks like fun competition for Garmin's Forerunner series, and comes on the heels of Garmin announcing that they are delaying Mac compatibility - ouch. The Nike+ shoes link to a module that you plug into your iPod Nano and delivering this information, that is also available for download to your computer after your run - more info at Apple. (A heart rate monitor must be coming soon; if not they're nuts.) Of course leave it up to Apple to create a culture around the launch. Check out the Nike+ site for more information as they appear ready to create a little community featuring total miles run by these hip-coolites who are using the devices and uploading their results. You'll be able to see who has run the fastest and the farthest in the last week; can I drag my Nikes behind the car to qualify?

Of course you can listen to music during your run, which brings me around to mentioning the fact that you can download workout focused songs from iTunes to put on your iPod while working out. The "songs" or tracks are set up to help you during your workouts achieve a certain goal. Marathoner Alberto Salazar helps you along with instruction and tips to training. You don't need the Nike+ shoes for this but you do need an iPod.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 6, 2006 10:57 AM

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