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SwimMan waterproofs iPod shuffle from inside out

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By Nino Marchetti

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2007
News Categories: iPod shuffle

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SwimMan has taken a novel approach to waterproofing an iPod by doing so from the inside out. The company, using proprietary internal waterproofing technology, is selling altered second-generation iPod shuffles that are waterproof up to 10 feet below water. This alteration, according to the company, in no way impacts the outside of the player so that it can retain its original look. Customers can choose to buy the waterproofed shuffle on its own ($150), or bundled with SwimMan’s Waterproof Headset II ($250).

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1

umm…holy crap.  can we get a review on the waterproof headset?

Posted by OnlyShawn on February 14, 2007 at 9:00 PM (PDT)

2

This would certainly be more convenient than my current rig.  I’d love to see iLounge do a review of this under real-life, in-the-pool conditions.

Posted by stark23x on February 14, 2007 at 10:01 PM (PDT)

3

that’s awesome!
you could freak unsuspecting ppl out with this.

Posted by wlp on February 15, 2007 at 5:09 AM (PDT)

4

i’ve been using a swimman waterproof high-fidelitiy headset for a couple years with a 1st gen shuffle in an otterbox case. (makes lap swimming much less boring.) the sound quality from the headset is excellent. unfortunately the connection plug in the otterbox gets loose over time (otterbox has sent me a free replacement case several times already). this morning even the usually jiggling didn’t work anymore. so i’m gonna go buy me one of these waterproof 2nd gens!

Posted by cynthia on February 15, 2007 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

5

Yes…can ilounge please review this?  I live in Aust so the total package will be able $300 for me but its worth it for good sounding music while I do laps.  I currently use the NU Dolphin MP3 player and the sound isnt great to begin with…then gets terrible once water   leaks in your ear canal

Posted by Andrew on February 16, 2007 at 1:30 AM (PDT)

6

Actually one more question.  Where on earth will you clip the shuffle to?  Your speedos?

Posted by Andrew on February 16, 2007 at 1:31 AM (PDT)

7

“Actually one more question.  Where on earth will you clip the shuffle to?  Your speedos?”

There’s a reason men have nipples…

Posted by rainking187 on February 16, 2007 at 10:31 AM (PDT)

8

So this beautiful girl walks up to you on the beach and says, “is that a shuffle in your speedo, or is the water that cold?”

Posted by Lee on February 17, 2007 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

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Moderator’s Note: This viral marketing comment was posted by a vendor of Swimman in violation of our rules on viral marketing. We strongly discourage our readers from doing business with companies that engage in sneaky and dishonest viral marketing practices.

I have one. the thing itself is waterproof for much much deeper than 10 ft. It’s just that the earphones will get the squeeze put on them after 10ft. It’s just nature.
you come up, they unpinch.
that’s also nature.
Ain’t nature swell?

Posted by gizmodo_original on February 20, 2007 at 1:18 AM (PDT)

10

gizmodo_original:  astroturfing.  exhibit a: http://digg.com/apple/100_WaterProof_2nd_Gen_Ipod_Shuffle

look at the last comment, by “gestoppit”.  person registered that day, posted one comment, has dugg no stories since.

Look at the similarities between the comments:  “unpinch”, “nature”

It’s the same person, going around and posting wherever they can.

SwimMan, you dork toolboxes are astroturfing, and I wouldn’t trust you further than I can throw you.

Posted by OnlyShawn on March 3, 2007 at 3:08 PM (PDT)

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Is there any possibility that someone can still do a review on this product?  This vendor might be a dope, but maybe the product still might be good.
I really want a “swim pod” that works.  If anyone has suggestions please share

Posted by PFG on July 5, 2008 at 6:25 AM (PDT)

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We won’t review a product by a company like this. There are plenty of other waterproof options, including two for the shuffle from H2O Audio, and others from Otter Products and Aquapac, companies that have always been respectable. Check out our extensive accessory review section for the iPod of your choice, or search the site for waterproof.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 5, 2008 at 7:00 AM (PDT)

13

Its a nice unit. I got one for Christamas and have tried it twice. I do lap swimming. I have had trouble keeping the ear plugs in even when I wore a swim cap today. I set the company an e-mail and asked if the had larger ear plugs. maybe that will help.

Posted by Dan on December 30, 2008 at 6:45 PM (PDT)

14

Swiman Australia’s service is terrible and my set only lasted two weeks before breaking. Speaking to “Marty” the distributor was quite unpleasant as the guy seems quite disagreeable. If I had my time over I would not spend 250+ in this mans organization for fear of the product he sells being faulty and then having to deal with him over the phone because they do not respond to emails. Avoid…

Posted by M on March 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM (PDT)

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