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Finis SwiMP3 2G

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The SwiMP3 is a waterproof MP3 player that transmits audio beneath water via bone conduction.

» What is it: a waterproof MP3 player that, rather than through ear buds, transmits audio via bone conduction. The SwiMP3 has 2GB of storage, enabling a swimmer to listen to music, books on tape and podcasts with great sound. Swimmers attach the SwiMP3 to their goggle straps and rest the bone-conduction speakers on their cheekbones. Songs are loaded and the player is charged using a USB connector that has a waterproof cover.

» The good: You might be skeptical that cheekbones act as sound conductors, but the SwiMP3 delivers amazing sound as soon as your face is underwater. The minute your ears and cheeks are submerged, it is like being plugged in to a concert. It’s great while swimming laps after checking in at a hotel to swim off tension that’s built up waiting in lines at the airport.

» The bad: You can’t directly import iTunes into the SwiMP, but it’s pretty simple to export your iTunes into an MP3 format before loading them onto the player.

» Cost: $159.99

» Available from: finisinc.com

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