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My ipod shuffle is at end of life so was thinkig of getting a new one. Not a big deal what's  anoth $50 in this money pit of a sport...but saw a guy today with a waterproof shuffle (no cases) and short earbuds swimming today and asked him about it.

He directed me to a site called  underwater audio/ underwater world and for about $100 more that the shuffle alone I could get a "waterproofed" shuffle and ear pieces. He swore he hasnt had any issues and uses it several times weekly.

I typically use music for running (though its not needed since I know its not allowed in most races) and find it can motivate me at least for a song or so to pick things upand I dont use any music for swimming but wonder if anyone has used music for training and does it make a fifference to some (I know  can't be used in a race)

If so what  have people used and has anyone heard of  these companies and are products reliable for the extra $100?



2013-05-01 8:52 PM
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I use the Finis Swimp3 player it works great though the battery crapped out on my first one so I'm on my second.  My only issue is that it makes it a bit more tricky to get a good goggle seal.
2013-05-01 8:55 PM
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I am on my third one from audio flood.com. They work great, very light and no problem with using while swimming. The only drawback is they are small, first one got lost, second one I left at the pool and it got turned in to the staff. When I went to reclaim they claimed they could not find it. Anyway, if you can hold on to it I think they are great and helped cure some boredom swimming. I also find I stay on a more consistent pace with the music. I don't use it all the time but a nice diversion.
2013-05-01 9:13 PM
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I use the FinisSwimP3 as well and love it. However be careful you don't get too lost in the music and look count of your lap count!
2013-05-01 9:20 PM
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Again, finis swimp3. Awesome. And just let your 910xt count your laps;)
2013-05-01 10:01 PM
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Hello gzh6464,

Full disclosure: I know the people who started Underwater Audio, so I am biased in that direction.

I have had one of their waterproof iPods since Aug 2012. I used to live in Oregon and used in mainly for running. I got it because between the sweat, rain and humidity, I needed something waterproof. It's small, it's easy to use and I like that I can use the iTunes library - no converting file types - just load it up!

One problem I had was that at the beginning it wasn't charging. I found out that it was because the USB port I was using on the front of my laptop was not one that charged. Once I switched to a different port, I've had no further problems. I do love looking down and seeing the player dripping wet and still playing! Although you could use this as your only mp3 player, I find that I use mine exclusively for excersizing and keep just my up tempo music on it. I also like to listen to podcasts. 

I'm trying to think what else will be useful to you to know - the waterproofing is on the inside, as you saw, so it's no bigger than a regular iPod. 

The finis is a different animal - it uses bone conductivity - and only works underwater. I haven't used one, but I've talked to several people who have. Some love that you can hear both your music and others (your ear canals are open with it) around you, like coaches, swim partners. Others don't like that same aspect (they can hear loud people, pool music, etc.) I think it entirely depends on personal preferences and the environment you'll be swimming in. 

I use the swimbuds waterproof headphones - they're made for swimmers, but I like the ear hooks that keep them on. For safety reasons, I often let the buds hand loosely from the earhooks so I can hear the ambient noises around me. Headphones are pretty personal - you might like something totally different than me. 

If you have any issues, there is a 1 year warranty and you should return it to the Underwater Audio, I know some people who returned theirs to Apple - who happily gave them a replacement iPod, but (of course) it wasn't waterproofed!

So bottom line is that if you want a waterproof music player, it works and the company stands behind their product. It's just deciding if you want or need it. Let me know if you have any other questions about it. 

 

 



2013-05-01 10:40 PM
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I just received my waterproof audio today. I'll be swimming with the next few days and I'll get back with you on how I feel about it.
2013-05-02 12:25 AM
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i've been using the underwater audio shuffle for just over a year now. absolutely no problems. love it. makes swimming much more fun (for me). I have heard good things about the customer service at underwater audio.

 

bought the cheapest pair of underwater headphones i could find and no problems so far.

 

When I did my research for the purchase just over a year ago, the good reviews about the customer service at underwater audio pushed me in their direction. I believe this is important for underwater electronics. Though I personally have not dealt with aw audio because mine works perfectly.

2013-05-02 3:14 AM
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I'm using the JLab GO.  It's so light I dont even know it's there.  I use it at the gym also and it doesn't get in the way since there are no cables.  Comes in cool colors also  It came with 7 different earbuds.  3 for land use and 4 for water so you can pick which fit the best.
2013-05-02 5:55 AM
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Is there any difference between Underwater Audio and Audio Flood?
2013-05-02 6:24 AM
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I have the Underwater audio. I'm currently using it when I aqua jog

Plan to use waterproof Ipod outside once I'm cleared to run on land. I normally have to replace my Ipod's every 1.5 years because they've been ruined from sweat.

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2013-05-02 7:03 AM
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have not heard of underwater audio but I have H2O Audio case and ear buds.  They have a few different cases for all size players.  I go the one that fits my iphone...completel waterproof down to 12 feet.  Has interchangeable arm strap and waist strap...arm strap for running, waist strap for swimming.
2013-05-02 7:44 AM
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I have the waterproofed ipod shuffle by audio flood and i endorse it. i've had it for about two months. it took some trial and error to get the ear buds set properly so they dont fall out or get disrupted by a little water getting in there, but once it got right I had loud music the whole time without having to adjust the buds (even when the buds slipped a bit or took in some water, i could still hear the music - it was just muted or only on one side). I expect i might have issues with the ear buds in the future and may try other brands, but right mow they are good. Unless I'm charging mine or adding music, I keep it clipped to my goggles to minimize the risk that i misplace it.

I chose the shuffle over the SwimP3 because the shuffle is plug and play with my current itunes library, i liked the idea of having a small light weight audio option for running, and there are a lot of really bad reviews for the SwimP3 online and, if I recall correctly from when i was researching, on this forum (plenty of good ones too - all to be considered).
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I have the H2O Audio Case that holds the I-pod shuffle and attaches to the back of your goggles. I love it and have had no problems. 
2013-05-02 7:54 AM
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Another vote for Finis SwimP3, I love not having anything in my ear when the pressure of the water is already getting to me. I hear it clear through my jawbones. I got mine (the newer black and yellow one) for $100 on amazon
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I have the Audio flood IPOD and love it. Swimming, running in the rain no issues. And the earbuds stay in even during interval work. Worth every penny to me.


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I have the audio flood waterproof Shuffle advertised on the BT site here, I absolutely love it, love it, love it, I have been in the pool with it 5 time a week since Christmas and its been fine no problems at all, they warranty it for 2 years and  stand behind there product . Best Christmas gift I have got for some time.

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2013-05-02 8:32 AM
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Just ordered the new Sony waterproof MP3 player (up to 2 meters) so I guess I will be the guinea pig

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I got a Audio Flood Shuffle about 2 weeks ago.  My impressions are:

1.  Shuffle:  Great.  Waterproof, light, good for swimming, running, etc.

2.  Headphones:  Cheap, one side died almost right away.  Cord too long.  Don't stay in.

I bought some different headphones right away after the first pair had issues.  Still trying to get used to the new ones, but they work well.  Also, the second set of phones has a short cord.  Perfect for swimming.

Love having music while swimming.  Takes my mind off the black line at the bottom of the pool.  Hope it helps with boredom.  I like that it is light and doesn't feel any different.

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