I’ve been using the Finis underwater MP3 player ever since version 1 came out. Version 2 is a huge leap ahead, with an innovative built-in USB connection, larger 256MB music storage, and sleeker design. Like the previous version this version uses bone conduction to deliver music to the listener’s eardrum. Personally I totally dig it and use it in the pool every day.
Here’s my poolside review.
And a video of the player in action.
So as you can see from the review we think Finis is pretty awesome. They’ve wonderfully offered to lend us extra players if we wear them during our 15 hour swim across the English Channel. I suppose it’ll be the first time that anyone has had the opportunity to rock-out during a channel crossing.
[UPDATE] The Channel Swimming and Piloting Association (the org that certifies channel swims) voted in 2007 to ban MP3 players on official swims of the English Channel. I think the Association’s decision is overly nostalgic, but c’est la vie. At least I can use the Finis during my training swims. The vote from the association’s minutes looks like this:
MOTION 3 “The use of MP3 players shall not be allowed by the swimmer while swimming during any English Channel swim attempt” Prop. – D Carter, sec. – C. Golding. 15 for, 2 against, 3 abstain – carried)