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The day the music (or at least my iPod) died

I’ve been in denial for a while now.

For months, my trusty iPod has been running out of juice after shorter and shorter periods of time, leaving me alone with the sound of my heavy breathing and plodding footfalls. Yesterday, after charging overnight, it died 30 minutes into a 10-mile run. The time has come to let it go.

The good people at the iPod store tell me these are my options: Trade in my old one for a discounted new Nano for about $126, which is out of my immediate price range; or poke around and try to find a “refurbished” one for around $70. The store, of course, did not have any refurbished Nanos, and did not seem optimistic I’d find one. And of course, replacing the battery would cost more than either option.

Has anyone dealt with the death of an iPod before? If so, suggestions for how to replace it without seriously breaking the bank would be MUCH appreciated.

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NEW PLAYLIST ALERT!

We saw the surprisingly excellent movie “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” this week, and as the title suggests, it actually does come with a really awesome playlist — er, soundtrack.

Some of the songs will put you to sleep, so stick with the top four, supplemented with some randoms from elsewhere on my iPod. This includes a few oldies but goodies from Vampire Weekend, inspired by my discovery of “Ottoman,” which is on the Nick and Norah soundtrack. As usual, post your own suggestions below if you’ve got ’em — I’m always looking for sweet new running tunes.

Lover – Devendra Banhart
Ottoman – Vampire Weekend
Riot Radio – The Dead 60s
Very Loud – Shout Out Louds
Walcott – Vampire Weekend
Mudhouse – Bob Schneider
M79 – Vampire Weekend
Death to Los Campesinos! – Los Campesinos!
A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
Get Back – Ludacris
So What – Pink (thanks for helping me rediscover this one, Sarah!)
Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen

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The magic playlist

My post last week started a really wonderful conversation about running playlists. After getting some truly excellent suggestions for songs to add to my tired old rotation (Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves and Miami by Will Smith will warm you up faster than a killer hill workout), I thought it was only fair to share the playlist that’s rocking my running world right now. I’m still hunting for new songs to freshen up my February running mix. Got more ideas? Please, please, please share ’em below!

You Can Do it – Ice Cube
Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
The Watcher – Dr. Dre
Til I Collapse – Eminem
What’s the Difference – Dr. Dre
Kick in the Door – The Notorious B.I.G.
Two Step, Live at Red Rocks – Dave Matthews Band
Halleluja – Jeff Buckley
How It Ends – DeVotchka
Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Fugeela – The Fugees
City of Blinding Lights – U2
Run On – Moby
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Scenario – Tribe Called Quest
M-E-T-H-O-D Man – Wu Tang Clan
Moving to New York – The Wombats

Also check out the Run, Fat Boy, Run soundtrack, which includes a song by the Fratellis that’s perfect to start a race to. Stay tuned for a post about why this movie pumped me up more than Prefontaine ever could.

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