Friday, March 07, 2014

Letter RE "Music to Swimmers' Ears," WSJ

I read with great interest the recent Tech column on devices for
allowing you to take your iPod underwater. Most of the focus was
listening to music while you swim; however the article omitted what I
believe to be the greatest use of these devices: listening to audio
books underwater. For doing that there are some different
requirements such as the ability to keep an accurate place in a book
and to start up the iPod efficiently. Also while musical fidelity is
important, it is not crucial. It is essential to be able to make out
all of the words continuously under the water. I wish the review had
touched on some of these points.

Unpublished letter in response to:

Music to Swimmers' Ears
Two Waterproof MP3 Players Help Break Monotony of Swimming Laps
A version of this article appeared September 25, 2013, on page D2 in
the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Music
to a Swimmer's Ears (or Cheekbones).