I like bike gear as much as any nascent triathlete.
BUT I'm NOT into music gadgets.
I don't own anything besides my desktop computer that music or podcasts can be downloaded onto.
I consider earphones fairly dangerous to wear outside while running or biking.
I don't have a need to numb out my own thoughts.
I like the sounds of nature and my surroundings.
I don't want to get accustomed to them, because I can't use them in road races or triathlons. They're AGAINST THE RULES. For darned good reasons.
I've never listened to a podcast, and probably won't.
In fact, almost always, when I log on to a website or YOUR BLOG that has music blaring (usually UGLY GRATING INTRUSIVE NOISE) my first response is to mute my speakers.
Call me a curmudgeon.
It's true that I've idly considered the thought of a SwiMP3, though. . . .