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End of Nike+ and why.

I am quitting Nike+ after almost 5 years with the Nike+ website.

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My last successful sync was Berlin Marathon… Oh no wait… Hang on… No it was not…

Because the iPod nano 6 gen. I carried around the streets of Berlin decided to quit recording mode only seconds after the start. Sadly that was not the first time the Nike+ stuff didn´t work, and trust me I have been around with Nike+

I have been using Nike+ with a host of devices, and here in very short form, are some negative and positive thoughts on all of them.

Ipods (1,4 and 6 gen.)

  • – Struggling with calibration and often unprecise.
  • – iTunes for syncing is annoying.
  • – Multiple runs has disappeared when syncing.
  • – Endless amount of Nike+ sensors lost, when not always wearing Nike+ running shoes
  • + Easy to carry.
  • + Music is close at hand.

SportBands (4 of them)

  • – Terrible build quality.
  • – Expensive to replace (every 6 months).
  • – struggling with calibration and often unprecise.
  • – USB positioned downward, so it can’t be inserted in laptop USB port.
  • – Endless amount of Nike+ sensors lost, when not always wearing Nike+ running shoes.
  • + No need for iTunes and easy syncing.
  • + Light and easy start/stop.

iPhone 4 (Nike+ app)

  • – Uncomfortable with the armbands.
  • – Does not work on the treadmill.
  • – Exposed to all sorts of bad weather = expensive to replace.
  • + Reliable when syncing.
  • + Very precise.

So the time has come to part ways with Nike+ and especially since Polar also has polarpersonaltrainer.com on the web for easy access. I really wanted to reach the black 5000 km. level with Nike+, but this is where it ends – 3632 km more or cirtanly LESS :-)

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The times they are changing.

I am taking down my old Hi-fi system…

There I said it, its going down – Amplifier,  Cd-player, speakers, silver treaded cables – the lot. This process has been described as one of the terminal stages in a mans life, just before the very last drop of testosterone leaves his body and he becomes a she… oh and also just prior to purchasing and driving a Citroën Berlingo by the way.

This however does not scare me. I have something else up my sleeve, something better than this old fashioned living-room monster, and something that in my opinion takes me far away form the Berlingo driving path.

Its called the Libratone Live – and its an Airplay speaker.

 

Libratone Live

The thing is it looks nothing like a speaker, which apparently is very wife friendly. The design has been described by some as Scandinavian cool which I find quite fitting, and wait for it…. it even plays quite nice. The best thing though is the Airplay functionality, that’s the dealmaker. No more fiddling with discs, no more switch flicking or knob turning – no more hassle.

The Libratone Live just stands there looking, nice and relaxed, waiting patiently to play your favorite tunes via iPad, iPhone or iTunes and with Spotify it is nothing short of PERFECT.

Oh yeah sure, I could have just bought an Airport Express (saved a lot of money) and hooked that up to the old Hi-fi, but isn’t that just like trying to breathe life into a dinosaur.

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