I have a 4 gig mini which I use for running. It works great and has awesome battery life still. However, when I run in the cold (and it was -16 yesterday)...it lasts roughly 30 minutes.
I was wondering what you guys and gals use as a cold running strategy in order to have relative ease of access to the iPod while maintaining it warm. I tried putting it on a Marware armband, between my base layer and my second layer (I use a base, secondary, and a windshield), but no luck....
I run with a partner; our batteries aren't subject to declining performance in the cold.
My insulation layer is a polar fleece vest from the Running Room, and it has a small pocket near the breast area that zips up... it would definately be big enough for an iPod nano, and is pressed right up against my chest... judging from the amount of sweat I create when running, I gotta think it's warm in there...
Have you tried placing your iPod anywhere else other than on your arm band? That seems pretty far away from the warmth of your body...
I have a Marware sleeve case for my iPod, and it normally stays in a pocket when I'm out in the cold - so there's two layers of protection right there. Running the iPod before you step outside also helps raise the base temperature.
my suggestion is to make a running playlist and keep that baby close to you body. you don't get to control your song selection as much, but hey, we live in canada....some compromises need to be made for the cold. for me it's better doing that than risking my batteries health.
i think the radio remote would be too much effort. i like to grab and go.
12" PowerBook G4, 1.33ghz, 1.25gb, 60gb