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For A Serious iPod Workout

It's no secret that the right set of tunes can make a workout feel less like work and more like fun. The iPod armband, which keeps your music player strapped to your arm during a run, was a handy little accessory that kept the iPod in place. Then came the iPod + Nike sport kit, which uses an add-on sensor to link your Nike running shoes to the iPod to measure things like calories burned, miles covered and average pace. Now, Life Fitness, the exercise equipment company, is introducing the iPod-compatible treadmill.

Billed as a "luxury item," the new iPod-integrated 95 Series Treadmills link the iPod with the exercise machine, adding a port for the headphones, an LCD screen to watch your iPod videos and touch-screen technology to manage your playlists. The idea seems to be a logical extension of the many iPod fitness-related products. But the price - $7,699 for the model with the 7-inch screen and $9,399 for the model with the 15-inch screen - will make most folks pause.

For those with unlimited means, this product may well find a niche market. But it's worth wondering what it might cost to buy a standalone treadmill and a new 50-inch plasma TV and put them in the same room for a very similar experience. If you go that route, there's no touchscreen capabilities nor are there headphone ports built into treadmill itself. But saving a few thousand dollars might soon make you forget about the sacrifice you're making by not having the all-in-one integration that this machine offers.

By Sam Diaz  |  April 25, 2007; 3:34 PM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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I kinda doubt that the market for this is the consumer. It would be a big hit in high-end gyms and hotel exercise rooms, though.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 26, 2007 8:11 AM

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