Thanks to the Northeast freeze, I have discovered that iPods are not designed for cold weather.
For starters, the buttons on the iPod cannot be operated while wearing gloves for they are touch/heat sensitive. This greatly changes my listening behavior, for if I hear a song that I don’t like or is too loud, I’m more likely to tolerate the inconvenience much the way I tolerate my bladder in the morning as a try to catch a few more minutes of sleep.
The other problem is static electricity. If you are wearing fleece, your inner ear might be in for a big static-electricity shock as you unbundle yourself from your gloves, scarf, jacket, etc. Twice I have zapped myself. The static travels from the iPod’s stainless-steel body, up the earphone’s cord, and right into your ear. Ouch.