Many of us like to listen to music while doing vigorous activity. Until recently, the only solution was to deck yourself in a tangle of headphone wires. Those wires can be quite cumbersome while running, biking or snowboarding. Apple hasn’t announced plans to incorporate bluetooth into iPods in the near future.
But there’s a wireless solution to this problem: attach a bluetooth adaptor to an iPod, and transmit your sounds to a set of bluetooth earphones. But, why not use an iPhone instead of an iPod and a bluetooth adapter? If weight is a priority, the tiny iPod nano is much lighter than an iPhone. For those of you who like a larger selection of music, an iPod classic can store up to 160 GB of music (rather than the maximum of 32 GB on iPhones).
Here are our recommended devices to create this bluetooth set-up:
i10s Bluetooth Transmitter For iPod
The i10s Bluetooth Transmitter plugs direclty into an iPod nano or classic. It pairs very easily with bluetooth devices, and the only downside is that it draws power from the iPod battery. The transmitter support volume adjustment and supports Receiver Remote AVRCP commands (Play, Pause, Next, Previous). It retails for $50.
The i10s Bluetooth Transmitter is available from Amazon.
LG Tone HBS-700 Wireless Earbud Headphone ($45)
Despite selling for under $50, the LG Tone HBS-700 is one of the top rated bluetooth headphones. It received an 8 out of 10 rating from CNET, which makes it their Editor’s Choice for a bluetooth headphone. CNET says it was one of the most comfortable headphones they’ve tried, and that the audio reproduction was impressive. Amazon buyers also liked this headphone — it received an average of 4.5 of out 5 stars, from a total of 264 reviewers. PC Magazine liked the long battery life on the headphone, but said that the bass reproduction was “thin”, and gave it an overall rating of “Good”.
The LG Tone HBS-700 is available from Amazon for about $45.
Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 Wireless Headphone
The Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 earbuds connect with a small cable that goes around the back of your neck. They are one of the few wireless earphones available, and they get a reasonably good rating on Amazon — 3.5 stars out of 5 from 52 buyers. They retail for $69.
The Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 is available on Amazon.