I looked at the ipod, and granted it does hold alot of songs… but its a hard drive and prone to skip. And theres one thing I beat around and thats my flash MP3 player and it never skips.
Ugh… once again…
Hard-drive-based MP3 players do not “skip” except in very extreme circumstances. This isn’t a CD player. The hard drive is hardly ever spinning. It only spins up long enough to load a few songs into memory, then spins back down until it has to do it again. The songs are played out of memory, just like a flash-based player. Normally, the hard drive is totally turned off.
And even if you do jiggle it while the hard drive is spinning, the heads are microscopically small, compared to the big, heavy heads on a CD player. This means that they take a LOT more force to move, and it means can re-seek the missed data much more quickly.
Because it plays music out of memory, it’s impossible to make it skip during normal play. The unlikely exception to this is if you’re jiggling the thing vigorously when it spins back up to read in more music. In this case, it’s possible it could skip if you don’t stop. I.e. you’re running, shaking it in just the right way, and you don’t stop. Once you stop, it should read in the next batch of songs successfully, and continue playing without skipping. I seriously doubt you could make an iPod skip while lifting weights, even if it did spin up right in the middle of a squat or something. You’re just not vibrating it enough. I have never heard my iPod skip.