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how to proceed (or rewind) to next track when jogging?

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wicked_gravity Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Oct 6, 2010 12:05 PM
Does anyone else have this issue? Is there a solution. I sent this concern to Apple a couple weeks ago, but I received no response.

I was all set to buy the new nano. However when I exercise, I frequently want to skip to the next track and/or want to rewind the one I just listened to. With 5G, it is easy, I can feel in my pocket for the click wheel and go forward or back as I wish -- however with 6G this doesn't seem possible ... it appears you have to remove the ipod each time, look at the screen and then proceed.

Can someone with a 6G please address this and let me know if there is an easy way to forward or rewind without removing the ipod from your pocket (or armband)?


* edit * just to add, so people understand my concern ... if i have to actually take it out of my pocket to view & use the touch on the screen, this causes a significant slowdown in my jogging stride and also significantly breaks concentration. The reason I always love the nano is because of it's small size and ease of the click-wheel buttons for control (it also made it easy to adjust volume if a track was too loud).

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  • WalleWalle Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    I think there is no other way.

    Perhaps an "Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic" could help.
    But I don't know if it uses the interface-port of your nano. If so you cannot use the Nike-dongle.
    AT/XT, Windows 7, A black one
  • David58117 Calculating status...
    Maybe if you get really good at voice over, but it doesn't seem very practical to use.

    Anyway, this is why I also bought a new shuffle.
    Windows Vista
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    I have the new 6g nano. I don't currently run with it but biked today with it. I had it clipped to the left shoulder of my shirt. You have to hit the on/sleep button before the touch screen comes on so you can hit the forward or back button. A slight annoyance. I would like to have an option to keep the screen on but then that would burn through battery life pretty fast. You can flip the screen to any orientation you want which I really like. I guess it just takes some practice to use while get it to be second nature.

    If you are looking for a light weight device primarily for running the shuffle might be a better choice.

    Mac Book Pro (Nov 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo,7200 rpm HD, 4GB SDRAM, 6Mb cache, 160GB Ipod Classic
  • eludwig Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi, I just wanted to add that using Apple's iPhone earbuds work for this. I have verified that this works on my new nano. One click/squeeze on the mic "button" pauses, two clicks goes to next track, three click to previous. No volume controls, but there are hardware buttons for that, at least.
  • ilayavni Calculating status...
    I also have the same problem. Could it be that there is no good solution for this ? I can't use Apple's earphones - they fall off my ears while I'm running...
    Nano 6G
  • Buckethead82 Calculating status...
    The Apple earphones with inline controls work fine with the new Nano - Volume up or down, Pause, Next & Previous.

    Surely a quick double click of the inline control is a lot more convenient than rummaging around in a pocket to click a click wheel on a 5G Nano?....

    There are other in-ear headphones that come with inline controls that support iPods, such as some Sennheiser models.
    Aluminum MacBook 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • mycsisters Calculating status...
    Ugh, I bought the 6th gen nano for the size and neato factor and realized that skipping tracks while running you just can't by feel anymore now it's a 2 step process, press the sleep/wake button then left forward or right rewind. I just leave it alone and manage my playlists for running better. Here's another thing which I accidently posted in the 1st gen discusson, when connected to nike + sensor and your logging a run playlists don't shuffle! It's frustrating hearing the same songs in order after 4 runs this week I have a call in tech support right now hopefully they get back to me about this.
    macbook 13"
  • EileenGLO Calculating status...
    I have the same issue/concern with the Nano 6G for both running and listening to audiobooks. Had to replace my 5G and although 6G has cool features, my primary use of ipod is for running. So, now with 6G I end up listening to whatever songs come along - too much work and too distracting trying to fumble with it while trying to keep a strong pace. (even harder with "moist" fingers trying to land precisely on the right spot on the screen). I, too, am surprised that runners weren't a more important demographic - would have thought the functionality would have been explored for this market segment. My 5G was perfect for skipping forward and back without glancing. I also used my 5G for listening to audiobooks and I loved the trackwheel for advancing only slightly or rewinding just a touch. Maybe there's a way to do this with 6G but I can't find it. The only option seems to be to jump forward or back an entire chapter. If my daughter can find her 5G I'm trading! I also have an Otterbox waterpoof case for 5G for swimming laps -- so far I don't see any waterproof cases for the new Nano and can't imagine how that would work without trackwheel. Any tips from runners or audiobook listeners who are happy with the Nano 6G?
    Dell, Windows 2000
  • Maine_iac Calculating status...
    I want to be able to pause during a run. This 6G replaced a 1st gen that was so much easier to feel for the wheel and pause. I have to use this feature with the Nike+ and now find it very hard and cumbersome with the 6G. Any other suggestions besides a new headset?
    iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Armatron Tech Calculating status...
    Jogging shouldn't be that bad, I do a certain sport where it can get really rough. On the touchscreen nano the hold button is key, rewind would be kind of a bit tough one. Forward is the button I use the most. To lock the older 5g nano the hold switch was more annoying. The new 6g only responds to your touch so you don't have to lock it after you press forward or play, besides it locks itself in a few seconds(sleep mode?). So far nothing else has accidentally switched my play mode. To forward you just feel for that hold button (lol), take a quick glance and press forward. As for the ipod being in tough situations and close to your fingers. Though my trial and error process I cracked 2 nano6 screens.I kinda had a solution for this but the apple store man told me to check with apple's pr or something like that and to also check with the main ipod acessories company.


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