The new SwiMP3 waterproof MP3 player from FINIS is what committed swimmers have been waiting for. Not only can it be immersed in water, the SwiMP3 doesn’t use headphones or ear buds. Instead, the music, podcasts and audio books that help the time pass as you pound up and down the pool are experienced via a Bone Conduction system; two small devices that attach to the strap of your goggles and rest on your cheek bones.
The SwiMP3 holds about 500 songs / 30 hours of audio and the lithium battery will operate for about 8 hours on a single charge.
And, the best thing is, the makers claim everything sounds better underwater. As I’ve not tried one myself, I’ve lifted a user review from the FINIS website:
“I just tried my SwiMP3 X 18 for the first time last night. Since I am new to using this waterproof MP3, I did not experience the issues that others complained about in the last model. The sound was great and helped me swim more laps than I have in the recent past. I was amazed how good it sounded without having earphones in my ears. I was able to wear earplugs to keep water out and still hear my music. I did many different strokes and the music just kept coming…
I do wish the little green light was easier to see in a pool setting. I had a little trouble being able to determine when it was on and when it was off. I actually had to listen to know for sure.”
I’ve just added the SwiMP3 to my own Christmas list. At $160, I hope I’m not being too optimistic about my family’s generosity.