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What's the best waterproof music player for lap swimming?

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Initial post: Jul 10, 2009 8:08:33 AM PDT
My waterproofed iPod Shuffle (by just broke and can't be rebooted or repaired. This is my second one and I'm reluctant to pay $150 for a 3rd one. I've had Otterbox cases before, and sooner or later I make a mistake in sealing them, and water gets in and kills the iPod. What do people recommend that's long-lasting, easy to download (I like podcasts and already have a big libarary of iTunes songs) and has good sound quality?

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 8:20:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2009 8:28:40 PM PDT
Mike says:
I have had a waterproof freestyle audio player (mine is orange but I think they switched to blue) for a long time-I think over 2 years, however it is quite large & bulky for a micro mp3 player today and it does not easily download songs from itunes, but what mp3 player that is not an ipod does? Instead you have to copy all files to windows media player then sync. The battery life is great and the included waterproof headphones are comfortable. The downsides of this mp3 player are: the size and weight-(ironically it was one of the smallest mp3 players on the entire market when I first got it), the buttons can be tricky to use and (since I also use itunes) you have to send mp3s to windows media before syncing. I was thinking about getting a swimman, but after hearing about how often they seem to stop working, maybe I will continue to put up with the freestyle audio mp3 player-also it has 2Gs and cost under $100.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2009 7:02:39 AM PDT
Thanks for the reply. Yesterday after reading lots of gadget and swim product reviews, I got the H2O waterproof case with integrated earphones for the iPod Shuffle ($79). That comes without a new Shuffle, so I also had to go out and replace my dead Swimman waterproofed Shuffle with a new one at Best Buy for $50. Still cheaper than a new Swimman Waterproof Shuffle for $150 plus $15 shipping. I also purchased a 2 year warranty on the Shuffle from Best Buy for $7, and before I did that, I told them that I'd be using the thing in a watertight case in the pool, every day, and that it's always possible that the seal on the case will fail and the Shuffle will get soaked -- does that void the warranty? They said it does not. Well, if Best Buy lives up to this warranty, I think this will be a good solution. If the Shuffle dies before 2 years and they won't fix it or replace it under the warranty, I definitely will be all over the internet complaining about Best Buy! But right now, this strikes me as a good solution. I downloaded my iTunes and swam with it, and the sound was fine. It clips right to my goggles strap. Kinda wish it had a headphone jack to allow me to use the headphones I like, but on the other hand, the integrated headphones have short wires that are easier to deal with while swimming. So I think I may have a good answer to my own question. But I definitely am still interested in hearing what others have to say. I've been swimming with music for over 10 years and haven't stuck with any one type of player for more than 2 years. Always looking for the next best thing!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2009 4:53:47 PM PDT
I have used the SwiMP3 for several years, and love it. Made by Finis.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009 9:03:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2009 9:04:52 PM PDT
Have you had any experience with podcasts or do you know if any mp3's that can support them?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2009 11:58:54 AM PDT
astersia says:
There is no problem loading podcasts onto the Finis swimp3.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 8:14:53 PM PST
Evelyn says:
I am totally thrilled with my Speedo Aquabeat MP3 player. It lasts for around 9 hours of swim time and I load and change songs easily from my Mac. Amazon has an MP3 download area so you don't have to worry about an incompatible format.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2010 12:09:42 PM PST
mhberbs says:
having trouble getting my unit to recognize downloaded songs (CD or itunes) as "playable" files, even my computer and ipod saavy kids have had no luck...any suggestions? 64 bit system problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2010 11:22:28 AM PST
Your description of the problem is a little vague, but this Q&A from the FINIS website might help:

Q. When I turn on my SwiMP3 the light at the base of the unit blinks and no songs play?
A. This can mean one of two things:

If the light is blinking three times you need to press the NEXT/VOL+ button to initialize the memory. Doing this will make the light blink quickly then turn into a double blink.

If the light is blinking twice, this means the unit is empty or can not read the files on your SwiMP3; make sure you don't have folders on your SwiMP3 and confirm that the files loaded onto the SwiMP3 are indeed MP3 or WMA files.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2010 9:56:09 PM PDT
Bonnie says:
How is the H2O case working out for you? Do the earphones stay in place? How is the sound quality?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2010 6:23:17 AM PDT
Still using the H2O case and enjoying it. It comes with multiple pairs of rubber earphone covers in different sizes, and it's a bit of trial and error at first to find the right size to stay snugly in the ear, but once you figure it out, it's consistently good. I can't speak to sound quality for music, since I listen to podcasts almost exclusively, and it doesn't matter so much for talk. However, I do wish the H2O case would come with a waterproof earphone jack that would let you plug in your own set of waterproof earphones, instead of being stuck with these little built-in earphone wires. If one wire ever snags on something and breaks, you'll need to buy a whole new case. But so far I've been taking good care of my case. Well, actually, I have dropped it a few times, and it's been fine. The iPod Shuffle has stayed dry and works well, so I've been happy with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2010 11:14:16 PM PDT
I have been using the H20 case (and the Surge earphones) for the Ipod nano.....been using it for several years and have been very happy with it. I am a sloven when it comes to gear care, and mine has been great.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 6:28:52 PM PDT
Paws says:
I've been using the swiMP3 by Finis for about a year and I love it. Mostly I listen to podcasts but there is some music on there as well. I purchased the player that does NOT have ear plugs - this one works on bone conduction and it is amazing. I am hard of hearing, have sensitive ears, and cannot say enough good things about this player. It can be a bit of trick when you first load from itunes but it all works out. Worth every penny.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 11:01:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 2:12:34 PM PDT
Bonnie says:
After a lot of research I opted for the SwimP3. I had a bit of trouble with the downloading through Windows Media Player but customer service was very very helpful. They need to upgrade their instruction manual. So far I like it but I do have trouble with the volume adjustment. Some songs were too faint to hear over my breathing but when I tried to turn them up by holding the appropriate button down it opted for its other function and forwarded to the next cut. I'll update after I've played with it some more.
The bone conduction system works well.
May 2012.... I gave up on the SwimP3 and consider it a waste of money. I sent it back for them to check it and when it came back it was worse. The volume was never loud enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2010 10:12:30 AM PDT
L. Pyynonen says:
I have used H2O Surges for year now, with iPod shuffle case. The sound quality compare other system I´ve used is remarkable better in H2O products, for.ex bass is more depth than others. For dropping outs while laps I´ve evaluated other plugs than original "ball"-s. Instead I use those tubes, wich hold the puds in ear while swimming/snorkeling! Reg; Olli from Finland

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 7:28:40 PM PDT
Hi every1 !! I have been using this software to managge my Ipod :

And it works great ;-)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 11:33:10 PM PDT
L. Pyynonen says:
Hi again, there are some "normal" dry-land earplugs, wich have GREAT ambience thru the right plugs connected to earbud! And what is the best, they are water-resistant! The sound is good under water (snorkeling) and huge while normal swimming (head above the surface)!!!

Posted on May 2, 2010 10:04:05 AM PDT
The SwiMP3 sounded very tinny to me. Bone conduction really loses something.
I am on my second NU Dolphin and LOVE it. Great sound!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2010 6:16:47 PM PDT
Could you tell us which of these "normal dry land earplugs" can be used underwater? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2010 12:42:10 AM PDT
L. Pyynonen says:
You can test yourself! Buy a pair of cheap earbuds, connect to your waterproof mp3/radio-player, and go to water. If it work, it will continue working. If it does not work, no worries, just dry the buds and they will continue work in dry land! I have evaluated and use the best plugs to fit the solid buds to stay in ear while swim. More info send your contact to:

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 9:09:17 PM PST
hello everyone, i swim with ear plugs to keep the water out. does any one know of ear buds that also keep a water tight seal in the ear? thanks

Posted on May 4, 2011 2:09:55 PM PDT
Is lap swimming anything like lap dancing? (I could not help myself)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2011 12:24:32 AM PDT
L. Pyynonen says:
yes, actually you can do both under water too, with music coming clearly to your ears! ;)

Posted on May 9, 2012 1:01:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2012 1:05:37 PM PDT
OKOK says:
Waterproof iPod Shuffle SILVER (4th Gen 2GB) by Underwater Audio - Discounted waterproof headphones - click on 'special offers' below (More Colors Available! Click 'Underwater Audio' by the title for availability)

I have the underwater audio iPod - it works great and you can use your itunes account and listen to audible.

Posted on May 9, 2012 2:14:29 PM PDT
Bonnie says:
I edited my previous post. The SwimP3 is garbage and has been in a drawer somewhere for the past almost 2 years.
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