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Archived - Nike + iPod Voice Kits: Frequently Asked Questions

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Spoken feedback is available in some languages other than English. If you set your iPod to a language in which spoken feedback is available and connect it to your computer, iTunes prompts you to download a version in the other language. If you set your iPod back to English, you can still hear spoken feedback in English. You can have only one non-English version of spoken feedback on your iPod at a time.

Which languages are available?
English has been available since the Nike + iPod Sport Kit was introduced. Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish were released on 16 Oct 2006.

What is the size of a voice kit?
13 MB - 14 MB, depending on the language

What is hardware is required?

  • Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • An iPod nano or iPod nano (Second Generation)
  • Nike+ ready shoes

What software is required?
  • iTunes 7.0.1 or later (Mac or Windows) with an Internet connection1
  • iPod nano with iPod nano software 1.3 or later
  • iPod nano (Second Generation) with iPod nano Second Generation software 1.1 or later

Where is the voice kit stored once it is downloaded?
Mac ~/Library/iTunes/Nike + iPod Voice Kits/
Windows: C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\Nike + iPod Voice Kits

How do I get a particular voice kit to load onto iPod?

  1. Make sure you are using the correct version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Make sure you are using the correct version of iPod software on your iPod nano.
  3. If you have never connected the Nike + iPod Sport Kit Receiver to your iPod nano, do so now, wait 10 seconds and then remove the Receiver from the iPod nano.
  4. Set the iPod to the desired language (Choose Settings > Language).
  5. Connect iPod nano to your computer and open iTunes if it does not open automatically.
  6. You will be prompted to download the latest voice kit for that language, if available.

How do I know that I have done these steps correctly?
When you connect iPod you will see the following:

or (in Japanese):

When you click "Install", the iTunes LCD will display the download progress as shown:

(in Japanese):

What can I do if I experience a problem with a voice kit and want to reload them?
  1. Delete the "Nike + iPod Voice Kits" folder
    Mac:
    ~/Library/iTunes/Nike + iPod Voice Kits
    Windows:
    C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\Nike + iPod Voice Kits
  2. Restore iPod nano with latest software
  3. Pick the language on iPod .
  4. Connect and disconnect Nike + iPod Sport Kit receiver.
  5. Connect iPod nano to your computer and make sure iTunes opens.
  6. Follow the prompts to download the voice kits for that language, if available.
Notes
  1. You must be connected to the Internet to get the voice kits.
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