August 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
Watching the Olympics was fun. It got me inspired to get back into swimming. But two weeks later, I remember why I lost my inspiration in the first place and turned to walking instead. When I go for a long walk, I can listen to an audio book using either my phone or an MP3 player. When I swim, all I can listen to is bubbles and my own mind trying to convince me it’s time to go home and park it on the couch. I try to ignore that voice but with nothing to drown it out, it eventually wins.
So I went looking for a way to listen to an audio book while swimming. I know there are cases and MP3 players designed to use in the water. And I’ve tried most of them. (And reviewed the best I’d found last time I faced this dilemma at my other blog GeekGirlfriends.com.) But I wanted something that would work seamlessly with Audible.com so I wouldn’t have to go through some crazy file copying scenario just to go swimming. And I found it: A waterproof iPod ($160)
The folks at Underwater Audio take an iPod Shuffle and make it waterproof. So that means it will work with Audible.com, iTunes, and anything else that works with the iPod. But it can also go in the water. Exactly what I was looking for! I took it for a swim. And it was glorious.
Everyone in the pool saw me with my cute blue iPod clipped to the strap of my swimsuit. And I could see them cringe in anticipation of impending doom as I jumped into the water wearing it. But my book didn’t miss a beat when I hit the water. I started swimming and got caught up in the narrative. I kept swimming until I’d exceeded my goal for the evening and started on next week’s goals. (I’m listening to Faithful Place by Tana French, which is a great listen so far, complete with Irish accents, tense Irish family relationships, and a murder mystery that reaches into the detective’s personal past.)
An iPod Shuffle is $49. And the waterproofed iPod Shuffle from Underwater Audio is $160. But, if you are a swimmer, surfer, boater, or someone who likes to run or walk in the rain, I know you are with me on this.