Music. How could we live without it? I listen to music while I’m running, while I’m getting dressed, as I commute to and from work, while I’m at work, heck – I’m listening to music right now (Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69, if you were wondering).
In high school I had a badass shower CD player (Remember CD’s? My first was Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time. Don’t judge.). It hung off the shower head, skipped occasionally, and messed up a few of my CDs – but still – that thing was badass. Alas, that shower player disappeared along with my CDs when Napster and iPods took over.
Since I do most of my music listening through my phone now-a-days, the days of music in the shower are no more. Until now! (I just realized this post is starting to sound like a sappy testimonial. Give me a chance. It will get better.)
Say hello to the STORMp3, a water-resistant mp3 player made by ToiletTree Products. Yup, ToiletTree products. They specialize in designing and manufacturing bath products, so the name is actually quite fitting.
Anyway, STORMp3 was nice enough to send me one of their players to test out via Girls Gone Sporty. I was pretty impressed with the packaging when it came. Nice and clean.
I opened it up and didn’t get overwhelmed by a million cords, manuals, or trinkets that I didn’t know what to do with. It was just the STORMp3, a USB cord to connect to your commuter, 4 AA batteries, and a wall mounting kit.
I choose not to mount it to the wall as I rent my place (that glue seems pretty legit). Instead I rested it on a little shower shelf.
Yep, that’s an exclusive peek into my shower right there. Shiz just got personal.
I’m jumping ahead of myself. Before I put the STORMp3 into my shower, I had to load it up with music. I have to say, it’s WAY easier to put music on this thing that it is to put music onto my phone! Seriously, all you do is drag your music files from your music folder to the STORMp3 folder. That’s it!
I was a little disappointed at the amount of music I was able to put on the player. After loading on about 120 songs, it was full. 120 songs is a good amount, but when you listen to music as much as I do, a rotation of 120 songs gets old pretty quickly. Ah well, I’ll just have to change the music on it every now and then. At least it’s easy to do!
Then I put the player into my shower. The blue lights are nice and pretty when it’s on, and the sound quality is pretty good. Let me tell you, this thing can get LOUD! I tried to turn it up as high as it goes, just to see what it could do, and I don’t think I even got to the highest volume point before I had to turn it down. This thing could rock a PAR-TAY! Anyway, it was nice to have music in the shower again! It helped keep me awake after my early morning run.
The STORMp3 is supposed to automatically shuffle the songs, but this feature is a little lackluster. I got 3 Bruno Mars songs in a row. Then some Bob Marley, a Britney song (that’s right, she went from CD to mp3!), Chromeo, Christina Perri, Christina Aguilera, and then 3 Carrie Underwood songs (this was over a few showers btw). So… it was kind of going in alphabetical order and shuffling every now and then. Luckily, the buttons are easy to push so I was able to skip when I wanted to. Then again, I have a lot of music, so 120 songs probably only got me midway through C’s – so maybe it’s shuffling as best it can with my music collection.
So how does it handle the water? Pretty well! This is what it looked like post shower – covered in drops, and the music was still coming through nice and clear.
What I really like about this player is how portable it is. I can easily throw it my bag and bring it to the park for a picnic or an outdoor workout, or over the summer I can take it with me kayaking or floating out on the lake. All of the Catskills can rock out to some Britney with me.
- Water resistant, rubberized exterior
- 2 built-in speakers
- 2 GB of internal memory (holds approximately 500 songs of average length and quality) – not so true for me
- Simple “click and drag” application to add music
- Shuffle design allows for random song play
- Comes with a USB cord to download music
- Includes 4 AA batteries, for approximately 73 hours of play time (this would allow for a year’s worth of 12 minute showers without having to change the batteries!)
- Comes with a wall bracket for mounted and/or portable use
- Available in Black or White
- FCC approved
What makes our Water-Resistant Mp3 Player unique?
Other portable music speakers cost over $200 and require a second source (ex. smartphone or computer) to stream music via a Bluetooth connection. At a retail price of $99.95, STORMp3 (patent pending) will provide a booming speaker experience without the boundaries of water and Bluetooth technology.