Now that nearly everyone owns a smartphone, mp3 players seem to have disappeared, or so it seems. Smartphones can work as an audio player since there are so many third party apps that work quite well the sound quality is not always up to par. When it comes to the listening experience, mp3 players are difficult to replace. These small gadgets were designed to play music and do it better than any smartphone otherwise, their place in the market would not be justified.
In order to compete with smartphones, mp3 players are forced to simply be better from many points of view. Audio quality is usually much better on an mp3 player. Another benefit is the battery life. An mp3 player can outlive a smartphone in terms of playback time on a single charge. At the same time the software on these devices is properly optimized and comes with additional features that improve playlist management, simplified folders, smoother playback due to the absence of other applications, advanced equalizers and many more.
Best MP3 Players in 2019
For our list today we will look at 10 popular mp3 players. These are the most appreciated models due to their sound quality and features. Some brands will appear more than once but there are other competitors that have their own competitive products. To keep things short here are the top 10 best mp3 players in 2019 reviews.
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10. Apple iPod Shuffle
The Apple iPod Shuffle is their most affordable mp3 player. It was made to be compact and easy to use. It is no wonder why it is also their most cloned product. It is simple, cheap and just works great.
Amongst the most notable features the Apple iPod Shuffle will impress with its battery life and decent storage despite being so small. It is a great option for active people that need something compact with a clip that can be used while running or while being in the gym. It is worth mentioning that the model is available in five different colors.
9. FINIS Neptune
FINIS might not be a brand many are familiar with but they have some interesting products. The Neptune was made for active individuals. It comes with a great design that makes them waterproof and very comfortable. They actually transmit the sound by being in contact with the skull.
The model comes with a decent 4 GB capacity which should be enough. The player itself is on the backside of the headphones and comes with an OLED screen. For some the price might seem high but it is one of the few players of its kind.
8. AGPtEK Music Player
The AGPtEK mp3 player is an inexpensive model that comes with a large memory and a sleek design. It was made to be thin so that it fits in a pocket with great ease. The model has a simple menu controlled using the physical buttons on the bottom half.
In terms of performance the player works with mp3, flac, wma and several other file types. It comes with a large 16 GB internal memory and a large battery that offers up to 10 hours of continuous playback.
7. Pyle PSWP6BK Flextreme Waterproof MP3 Player Headphones
The Pyle PSWP6BK is a great companion for runners, people that enjoy jogging and the ones that like to listen to music while working out. They have a simple design with the mp3 player built right in the headphones.
Due to its compact size the mp3 player comes with just a 4 GB internal memory. The built-in battery is fairly decent but the most notable feature is the fact that the headphones are waterproof. Surprisingly the model is quite affordable and well built.
6. FiiO X5 High Resolution Lossless Music Player
The FiiO X5 is by far one of the most expensive music players in our list. This high price tag comes from the hardware used for the model. It offers incredible sound and works with almost all audio file types. The model also has a rugged construction but it is not as compact as some might like.
In terms of specs the model comes with two microSD card slots. Each slot can hold a maximum capacity of 128 GB for a total of 256 GB of storage. The battery offers about 10 hours of playback. All of this is packed in a premium aluminum body.
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5. Sandisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player
The Sandisk Clip Jam mp3 player is a great option for the ones that need something small. It is a simple mp3 player that comes with a low price tag and a generous 8 GB internal memory. Its construction is fairly decent and comes with a small clip that makes it easy to use even for runners.
As with other models the Clip Jam works with all popular digital music file formats. It also supports memory expansion using microSD cards and offers a playback of 18 hours of a full battery charge.
4. Sony Walkman NWZW273S 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player
Sony used to dominate the mp3 player segment. They still offer excellent models but the number of products in their lineup has been reduced significantly. The Walkman NWZW273S is a special mp3 player that was made for active individuals.
Due to its compact size the model has only a 60 minute battery life. On the other hand it takes about 3 minutes to charge. Internal storage has been limited to 4 GB which should be enough. In terms of construction the mp3 player is completely waterproof and comes in four different colors.
3. Kubik Evo 8GB MP3 Player
Kubik Evo is one of the few manufacturers that offers an mp3 player with a built-in FM radio. The model is also surprisingly affordable while still not feeling cheap. It has large buttons that makes it easy to control and a slim design that makes it fit into a small pocket.
The model comes with a 8 GB internal storage and even a microSD slot. Its battery pack offers about 20 hours of continuous playback which should be enough. It is worth mentioning that the model is compatible with all popular music file formats.
2. Apple iPod Touch 16GB (6th Generation)
The Apple iPod Touch has been a very successful and managed to survive even now when very few people still buy an mp3 player. It is an Apple product which means the build quality is premium.
Similar to previous generations the player comes with a large high resolution display and touchscreen as well as a rear and front camera. Its fast processor enables the user to install third party apps and customize the listening experience.
1. Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation
The Apple iPod Nano managed to become the most popular mp3 player due to its compact form factor and excellent build quality. It was made to look and feel premium and as expected it is a bit more expensive than other models in the list.
As with the previous generation of iPod Nano players the model comes in multiple colors and storage capacities. The built-in internal battery offers about 10 hours of continuous play and takes very little time to charge.
It seems that mp3 players are not completely gone. There are still a lot of models to choose from and sadly the market is still invaded by knockoffs and poor quality players. Finding decent models that are still affordable can be difficult.
For our list we selected mp3 players from all categories. It is no surprise that Apple got the first two spots but the other models in the list are also worth checking out as they offer a bit of freedom when it comes to audio formats.