We’ve been taught this since we were children: electronics and water don’t mix. And so we’ve held to this belief, until recently. It’s almost an oxymoron, waterproof mp3 player. I mean, really? Imagine listening to music as you swim. That sounds impossible. But so very, very cool.
There are many different types of waterproof mp3 players, from different companies. One style is to simply enclose a regular mp3 player in a waterproof casing, and attach waterproof headphones. Another is the waterproof mp3 player itself, with waterproof headphones.
The third style is bone conduction. Rather than using headphones, which can be annoying or uncomfortable, the bone conduction waterproof mp3 player attaches directly to your goggle strap. It rests against the face between the temple and cheekbone. The vibrations are transferred to the bone, which send the sound to the inner ear. When immersed in water, the water amplifies the sound, creating a richer sound that surrounds you completely. You can still hear the music outside the water, but the best experience is when your head is in the water.
If your preferred exercise is swimming, then the waterproof mp3 player is for you. Studies have shown that those who listen to music while swimming have longer workouts and faster times. Working out to a beat is much more productive than working out without one. Plus, it’s so much more enjoyable!