Ask most athletes and they’ll tell you that their exercise routine isn’t complete unless they’ve got their favorite tunes along for the ride.  And while an iPhone or iPod Touch makes for a great workout companion, ask us and we’ll tell you they’re just too fragile and heavy.

Announced Wednesday was Apple’s all new iPod Nano, and it sure does look sweet.  Like Nano’s of a past, Apple has seen fit to install a larger, 2.5-inch touchscreen in this version.  They’ve also pulled the familiar home button from the iPhone and iPod Touch, and added it to this iteration.  But those are not the only significant punches this Nano has to offer.

In addition to Bluetooth 4.o, which allows you to add wireless headphones, they’ve partnered with Nike, and installed a pedometer and Nike+ software directly into the player.  So now you can keep track of your steps, distance, pace, and even heart rate if you pick up the compatible heart rate monitor.  All of this info is then boiled down into an easy to share Nike Fuel number, allowing you to keep tabs on your sedentary like ways and finally find the motivation to get yourself off the couch.

Other features include movie playback, photo playback, Apple’s all new Lighting connector, new earbuds, and a 5.4mm thick (credit card footprint) anodized aluminum body.

The all new 16GB iPod Nano ships sometime this October for $149.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."