Q: All right, this might be a dumb question, but can I use my iPod in the steam room at the gym?
– Chris

A: It’s not a dumb question; in fact, it’s safer to ask than to try it out on your own. Apple says the following:

• Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
• Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

This suggests that a steam room is a bad place to use an iPod. The biggest problem is the humidity, which, once you left the steam room, would be likely to condense inside the iPod, causing water to accumulate and potentially damaging the device.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.