I was excited to get this player because I had heard about it online as I looked at getting back into the water. I remember back in 1988, my brother Bryan convinced mom and dad to buy him a waterproof plastic case for his Walkman tape player. As I recall, it hook around the waist like my infamous fanny pack, and was the equivalent of a stronger, more dense Zip-Lock bag with a belt clip. I think that it fared well in the water, but it required the use of earphones and was a bit bulky - after the swim, your ears felt like you were the recipient of 25 "Wet Willie's" and the plastic pouch dug a nice outline into your lower back.
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The SwiMP3 held 256mb (or about 60 songs), and was able to produce about 8 hours of playback from a three hour charge. Music is transferred via Windows Media Player, iTunes, or direct dropping of music files through the computer. I used Windows Media and had a handful of playlists that I can use to quickly add music based on the type of workout or mood that I am in.
I noticed that in early 2010 the music was not coming out the right side of the player (the non-control side). This was ok as I was still able to hear from the left side, and I was happy with that. Unfortunately, the playback started to get worse through the remaining side, and progressed to the point where the music would play for 10-15 seconds and then the device would shut down altogether. So a delemia - what to do? I knew that the warranty was expired as the gift was two years old, but I decided to search their website for ideas. I found a note from someone with the same problem, and they had sent the unit back for inspection. I figured I'd give it a shot, too.
I got a hold of Finis support through their website, and opened up a return ticket. Joe, one of the techs there, was very helpful in setting me up with all the info to return the unit for diagnosis. I paid to ship it to them, and they paid to send it back. After checking it out, Joe was not able to fix the problem so he sent out a new pair of SwiMP3's, which was awesome. As a bonus, since my model was the "old one," I was upgraded to the current SwiMP3, which is 1GB and holds around 250 songs with a playback of 15 hours after charging! I was so excited!
Visit the: Finis SwiMP3 website