Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Apple just had their annual September event where Tim Cook announced the next versions of iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus (among other things). I’ll save you sitting through 2.5 hours of the keynote by saying Apple still dominates the mp3 player market, and I feel that we will continue to see a shift from standalone mp3 players to cell phones doing double duty in the years to come.
Apple’s announcement did not touch upon any updates to their existing lineup of mp3 players. Rumors leading up to the keynote never even discussed the possibility of an update, so I must say that I’m not surprised. That being said, for the majority of users, the iPhone can function as a beautifully-designed mp3 player for most situations. But, as the entire industry seems to be going towards larger and larger screens for more immersive video content, it becomes increasingly difficult to use your iPhone as a workout-ready mp3 player.
Who would want to somehow strap an iPhone 6s Plus to their body and go for a run? I don’t really care how much the phone weighs, it is still like velcroing an elongated Pop Tart to your body. How comfortable is that? Not to mention the fact that I don’t want to ruin a $1,000 sophisticated piece of electronics when the thing wrangles free and crashes to the concrete during my lat pulldown routine. I’d rather work out next to this guy:
than go through the embarrassment of crying in the weight room after I shatter the screen on my smartphone.
Suffice it to say, I will always be someone who uses a proper mp3 player during my workouts. They are far less obtrusive and achieve the same purpose at a fraction of the cost. I’m perfectly ok with not responding to text messages or phone calls during my workouts. You know why? Because I’m working out!
I hope to compile a list of workout-friendly mp3 players for those of you who share the same sentiment, so be on the lookout for that in the weeks to come. There’s definitely more options than just those from market leading Apple. Stay tuned for that…