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SwiMP3 Underwater MP3 Player: Does it Work?

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By Lauren Keith - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Whether your summer workout includes laps in a pool or you just simply love music and don't want to go without it even in the water, you might be interested in the SwiMP3.

Gators swim team members Maddie Siefert, Bridget Hale, and Morgan Maquire see this product advertised frequently in swim magazines. They'd love to use it during routine laps...if it works.

"Hey, guys do I look stupid?" Maddie asks her friends, then laughs when they reply "Yup!"

Maddie might be able to get past the vanity issues, if this product lets her jam out under the water.  You must place it on your cheekbones to hear.  The product makers say the sound vibrates from the cheek bone to the inner ear.  The SwiMP3 is supposed to be 100 percent waterproof.  Maddie takes off doing the breast stroke, then reports her results.

"I like it. The only thing is when you come out of the water, you don't hear it as well but otherwise, it's pretty good."

And now, Bridget's groovin'.  She takes off doing the backstroke with the SwiMP3.

"I was underwater and it was loud!"

Morgan doesn't have any problems hearing the tunes while swimming freestyle.  In she goes now to do the hard-core butterfly stroke.  Sure enough, the SwiMP3 didn't fly off during this rigorous swim either.  Morgan says it's pretty cool.

"Especially on long freestyle, definitely!" she said.

Bridget also gave it a twirl on some flip turns and reports good results.

"Under water, you hear it better," she notes.

While it holds up during each stroke, there's something else that's constant. It's not all that easy for the girls to attach the player to their goggles themselves. It takes a bit to get used to finding the controls. You turn up the music and advance the songs with little buttons that, again, are on your cheeks.

"I think after awhile you'd get used to it," says Maddie.

These swim team members would love to use it at practice.

"It'd give me a good chance to use it at practice and block out Steve!" laughs Bridget.

Steve's the coach, and coach says this device is not allowed at practice.  Also, the girls got to thinking.  Since they don't leisurely swim, they're unsure how much they would use it.  For $150, the swim team parents say it's not worth the price tag if it's going to stay in the box all the time.  Still, everyone agrees it's a cool gadget.

The girls also downloaded music onto the device with no problems.  So, with the high price tag and the buddy system in place to get this thing going, the $150 SwiMP3 still grooves to the beat of a good grade 'B' on this Does it Work test.  You can buy it in many swim magazines and on various online shopping sites.

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