I've experimented w/two mp3 players. The MPIO FY200 and a 30 gig ipod. Here's my opinions.
Being RAM operated the MPIO has no moving parts and so skipping is not a problem regardless of length of run and how hard you move the tiny thing (it is small and very light). The down sides are that it's battery operated (1 AAA battery) and it's 'random' play menu is not random, it's the same songs in the same order every time. Even if I'd fast forward ~30 songs it would somehow wind up playing the same last few songs I listened to last time!!
Now for the ipod. My biggest complaint is that it's hard-drive operated. With the moving parts it's easier to get it to skip. I can't wear the thing on my waist b/c to me it's too heavy and so I hold it in my hand while I run. I've worked on swinging my arms less so it'll last longer and my experiment pretty much worked. It actually performed perfectly for 24 miles during the OKC marathon, and then it got funky on me. I just ordered the extrememac sport wrap to strap the ipod to my arm. So far I've only done 3 mile very slow runs w/the ipod using my new contraption and it did fine. I plan to run 9 this weekend w/it so we'll see how it does. As for the sport wrap, my biggest problem w/that thing is that I sweat to it too much, so I don't know how comfy I'll be w/it during a long run.
Overall, I prefer the ipod b/c it holds tons of songs (I'm at 3000 on the ipod compared to the 118 on the MPIO), it's random play is random, and charge it instead of dealing w/batteries. Also, it's easier to search for songs on the ipod.
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