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Nike+iPod sprints to Apple, Niketown stores tomorrow

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Apple and Nike have announced that the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, a $29 wireless sport accessory for iPod nanos, will be available in Apple and Niketown retail stores starting tomorrow, July 13, 2005. Originally announced in late May, the Sport Kit consists of a shoe-mounted transmitter and iPod nano-mounted receiver that communicate wirelessly to store performance data and provide audio feedback for runners. A pair of new Nike+ sneakers ($80-100), such as the company’s simultaneously-released Air Zoom Moire+ or Air Zoom Plus+, is required to properly mount the transmitter; four additional Nike+ styles will be available by the end of July. Apple and Nike have already added Nike+ features to iTunes and the iTunes Music Store in preparation for the release of the Sport Kit, enabling users to download run-ready music and upload results to a new Nikeplus.com website for global comparisons and tracking.

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1

Is there any way to use this w/o wearing Nike? Can it be attached to my laces?

Posted by Jason on July 12, 2006 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

2

No because the transmitter goes inside part of the shoe and there are parts in the shoe!

Posted by Eri c on July 12, 2006 at 5:01 PM (PDT)

3

I’m sure someone will come up with a hack. If they do I will probably buy this as nike makes poor quality shoes.
I’m still wearing my new balance shoes from last year and I only have one busted thread!

Posted by Jonathan Keim on July 12, 2006 at 6:15 PM (PDT)

4

You can technically use this kit with any shoe, as long as you find a secure way to attach it to your shoe. Perhaps cut a small hole underneath the insole (that’s basically what Nike did). All Nike did was make a “pocket” for the sensor, which is basically a wireless pedometer that connects to your Nano.

Posted by Nobody on July 13, 2006 at 6:29 AM (PDT)

5

yeah you can go to the Apple site and see how the insoul works here: http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/gear.html

Posted by Ben on July 15, 2006 at 1:05 PM (PDT)

6

sorry i have to save some face… its insole… not insoul.

Posted by Ben on July 15, 2006 at 1:08 PM (PDT)

7

Just got the sport kit, but when I attached th receiver to my ipod I get an error message:

“The currently attachedaccessory is not supported by this ipod”

Anyone else got this problem??

Posted by keitai on August 14, 2006 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

8

hmm,

Turns out I had to do a little software upgrade to nano 1.2

Posted by keitai on August 14, 2006 at 12:19 PM (PDT)

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