Waterproof mp3 players are now commonplace. Manufacturers have mainly taken an mp3 player, made it fully waterproof and said “Hey, you can swim with this now!” It’s not quite that simple.
Here are the current issues with other waterproof mp3 players:
- In ear: Massively dependent on the fit. If not perfect, water enters your ear and the sound is muffled. Results in a constant fiddling with the ear pieces.
- Bone conduction: Poor music quality when the swimmer’s head is out of the water. Often low volume.
- Generally “average” music quality. Waterproof mp3 players and waterproof headphones need waterproof speakers. These have to be resilient to water damage and the music quality is significantly compromised.
- Product reliability and resilience: Waterproof mp3 players are usually waterproofed based on an IPX7 [1m depth for 30 mins] or IPX8 [usually stipulated, but often 2m depth for 1 hour] rating. The problem is that this does not take into account strong movements through water whilst swimming. The result is that after a relatively short time, you have a faulty unit and have to buy another. This doubles your cost and you still have a product with a short life span.