I had heard a little bit about the Nike Plus plugin on for the iPod Nano and decided to go ahead and buy one. First you need Nike shoes that have the +, meaning a hole under the inserts in the shoes. Then you have to buy the package for about $30 which includes a little plastic ball and a small plugin for the Nano. Once you have the ball in your shoe and the plugin on your iPod Nano, you are ready to go. A new field on your iPod main screen will appear called, “Nike Plus.”
You have a few options with Nike Plus. You can build your own workout, set a “Power Song” to play, and select a man or women’s voice among other options. The Nike Plus will keep track of how far you run, pace, and keep track of your record times. I even used it on the tread mill to compare how accurate it is and it really was dead on. I was pretty impressed.
I generally run mile before my workout and occasionally go for 3 mile runs outside. At first the Nike Plus was a lot of fun to use but after a week or two, I kind of lost the desire to even use it on my 1 mile warm-ups. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who runs 10+ miles per week. Otherwise you probably don’t run enough to really need it. Plus if you don’t already have shoes that use it, you’ll have to buy a pair which can run anywhere between $70-$150. I’m pretty sure you could just put the plastic ball under your laces of other shoes but I’m not sure it would still work the same.