Sue, a Digital Savant reader, writes in, asking about headphone options: “I have a fifth-generation iPod Nano on which I read audiobooks many hours a day. I don’t want to use headphones since I need an ear open to outside stimuli. My current solution is hanging the iPod on a lanyard and running a mono earphone. It is a comfortable earphone, but I feel rather dorky. I’d really prefer a Bluetooth equivalent, if there is one. Any ideas?”
The iPod Nano doesn’t have Bluetooth built-in as iPhones and the iPod Touch do, so you’d first need to buy a wireless adapter such as Jabra’s A125s and then look for Bluetooth headphones. You’re going to have a really hard time finding a one-eared Bluetooth device that doesn’t include some sort of microphone. The Jawbone ERA has a mic, but it can stream high-quality audio and doesn’t look as bad as some earpieces do.
It may be cheaper and easier to invest in an iPod with Bluetooth built in or to buy wired heaphones, such as EarHero, that allow you to more safely hear outside sound.
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