An orange and white shoebox containing brand spanking-new Nike+ Air Zoom Moire running shoes and a Nike+iPod Sport Kit has been sitting next to my office bookcase for more than a week now.
I pitched a review of the products to a local running magazine. I liked their synergy. And I wanted to give runners the lowdown on whether these cool-looking gadgets really worked or not.
The editor gave me the green light. I called Nike and Apple and a few weeks later, they shipped me the products to test out. I didn't ask to road-test an iPod nano to go along with the shoes and sport kit, as I could borrow one from any number of friends. Plus I wouldn't have been surprised if Apple had said, "Don't you own one? Why not? Everybody does."
And perhaps that's why I didn't drop everything when the shipment finally came. My enthusiasm had cooled. I'm not sure I want to be lured into the cult of the iPod. Don't worry, I'll file the review well before the deadline next month.
Resistance is futile?: But what if I love the products? Does that mean I have to spend $$$ on an iPod and accessories to get my fix? Ialready have a little jetAudio flash MP3 player, which is fine. Except when it acts up. Which it often does. Sigh.
I rarely run with music. I like to think and people-watch instead when I run. I guess part of me is scared that I'll love the blend of the sport kit, shoes, and iPod nano. And I will become one of those white earbud-wearing people with that vacant look in their eyes, pounding down the road and ignoring everything around me.
Does anyone understand my hesitancy? Or is this all much ado about nothing?