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Old 08-03-2017, 09:01 PM   #196
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I have to give a plug for swimming, an activity that is simultaneously very enjoyable and very boring. Audiobooks transform swimming into sheer joy.
Amen! It can take a bit to find the right hardware (especially earbuds) for _you_, but once you do, it transforms swimming into something to look forward to.
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:21 AM   #197
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What are you listening to audiobooks ON?

We don't have our pool anymore, but waterproof earbuds? Does such a beast exist? I always used poolside speakers.
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:15 AM   #198
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We don't have our pool anymore
You had a yard sale, and someone bought your yard?
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:11 AM   #199
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We don't have our pool anymore, but waterproof earbuds? Does such a beast exist?
Yep. I just use the ones that came with my waterproof MP3 player (and this is their fourth summer), but there are a lot of options if you check Amazon, both wired and Bluetooth; I've got backup waterproof earbuds just on case. I think there's a caveat with waterproof Bluetooth earbuds, as they might not work entirely successfully when your head is underwater, but the wired kind are fine. Results probably also vary for someone listening to music, but any I've tried are certainly good enough for audiobooks.

I'm sure Charlie knows more about the various earbud options.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:13 AM   #200
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We don't have our pool anymore, but waterproof earbuds? Does such a beast exist? I always used poolside speakers.
Yes, there are several different brands out there. I went through most of them until I found the ones I'm using now from UnderWaterAudio.com. OTOH, my DW's earbuds came from H2OAudio.com, if I remember correctly.
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Old 08-05-2017, 12:59 PM   #201
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Thanks, folks. Good to know if we ever get a pool again.
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Speaking of waterproof, can anyone recommend a Bluetooth shower speaker? I'm not terribly concerned with the sound quality or any bells and whistles.

I have been using a cheap (~$15) Soundbot speaker that I was perfectly happy with, but now I seem to have lost the charging cable--a male 2mm connector to a USB--and instead of searching for this oddball charger, I'd rather get a new speaker with a charger that is USB to USB.
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I stick almost entirely to my phone: with bluetooth earbuds walking or at the gym, propped in a cupboard for resonance when cooking or cleaning, plugged into an AUX cable in the car, or on its charging stand at bedtime. I picked up a Samsung S8 last month, upgrading over my 2014 HTC, which was losing battery life and getting unstable. The HTC does have rather lovely stereo speakers, but it doesn't make much difference for books as long as I don't physically block the S8's single down-facing speaker.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:37 AM   #204
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I recently resurrected one of my no contract phones. I give some of them as gifts to my family and get them back when they move on to something else. This one is a Nokia 520 Windows 8 phone. It's 4 years old and the specs are quite mediocre (dual-core CPU and 0.5GB of RAM), but it still works great as a media player. I paid $20 for it, so it's provided great value over the years.

I use it for audiobooks, music, old time radio, FM radio, weather, games, and calculator. My primary apps are Audible, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, and Kindle. I added a 64GB card and loaded it with a bunch of audiobooks and Spotify playlists for offline listening.

It has a 4" display and a very loud speaker. I put it in a heavy duty case, so it travels well.

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Old 08-12-2017, 06:46 PM   #205
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I recently resurrected one of my no contract phones. I give some of them as gifts to my family and get them back when they move on to something else. This one is a Nokia 520 Windows 8 phone. It's 4 years old and the specs are quite mediocre
You've inspired me to get mine out and start my next audible book on it. Hard to believe it's 4 years old!
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:31 PM   #206
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You've inspired me to get mine out and start my next audible book on it. Hard to believe it's 4 years old!
Let us know how it works out for you.
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Let us know how it works out for you.
The Windows phone is working great for audio! I'd forgotten how small and light it is, compared to the other phone I was using. (Still hate the Windows phone interface )
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I gave mine away and they are using it as a phone. I use my Fire Phone for audiobooks I put Google Play on it so I can use any audio app. Scribd audiobooks won't work on it but everything else does. I use the LG Volt if I'm listening to Scribd.

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The Windows phone is working great for audio! I'd forgotten how small and light it is, compared to the other phone I was using. (Still hate the Windows phone interface )
I don't care for Windows either. The app store is very limited and not audiobook friendly, so Audible is the only audiobook app I use. It's all good because the majority of my audiobooks are from Audible.
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The Windows phone is working great for audio! I'd forgotten how small and light it is, compared to the other phone I was using. (Still hate the Windows phone interface )
I still still hate the android interface :P

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I don't care for Windows either. The app store is very limited and not audiobook friendly, so Audible is the only audiobook app I use. It's all good because the majority of my audiobooks are from Audible.
I use two apps on my phone (Windows 10 Mobile). One is Audible (naturally), the other is Audiobook player. Also have that one on my Surface Pro 2.
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