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Nike unveils iPod-less Nike+ SportBand

updated 02:25 pm EDT, Sat March 15, 2008

Nike+ Sportband unveiled

Nike recently unveiled the Nike+ SportBand, confirming earlier reports that the company would release a "sans iPod" version of its fitness tracking system. According to MacLife, the SportBand functions similarly to the iPod combination set, where it can measure time, speed, distance, and calories consumed. The system supposedly writes this information to a USB memory stick for upload to a computer. Nike will sell the SportBand for 60 (~$95), and will ship in April.

Nike is reportedly not abandoning the Nike+iPod sports system, merely offering a less expensive alternative for users who can't afford an iPod nano.

Late last year, Nike and Apple were both under scrutiny for allegedly violating a patent, involving custom footwear that tracks the wearer's performance. Recently, Samsung announced a joint venture with Adidas with the goal of taking on the Nike+iPod system




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  1. testudo

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    Wait!

    Does this spark the beginning of the end of the iPod, and, in turn, Apple?????

  1. coffeetime

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    Seem like everyone is avoiding on relying on Apple. For Nike, it makes sense to have their own sportBand since they do well in watches anyway. Nike watches beat the c*** out of Timex watches for sure.

  1. JimiMac

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    WHYYYY?

    You know, I would have invested in the Nike+ stuff long ago, but WHYYYYYY does it only work on a Nano? Is there some reason they limit it to only work on a Nano and not on iPhone or shuffle or iPod Classic? Or has that changed since these first came out?

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