Best MP3-Player 2016

Top 7 MP3 Players You Can Buy

Best Rated
Sony NWZA-15 A Series
Best Seller
Apple iPod nano 7G
Sony NW-WS414
SanDisk Clip Sport
Kubik Evo 8GB
AGPtEK A02
Best Deal
SanDisk Clip Jam 8 GB
ModellSony NWZA-15 A SeriesApple iPod nano 7GSony NW-WS414SanDisk Clip SportKubik Evo 8GBAGPtEK A02SanDisk Clip Jam 8 GB
Our Rating
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Rating1.4VERY GOOD
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Rating1.5GOOD
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Rating1.7GOOD
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Rating1.8GOOD
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Rating1.9GOOD
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Rating2.0GOOD
Internal Memory16 GB16 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB8GB
Battery Life50 hours30 hours8 hours25 hours20 hours70 hours18 hours
Supported FormatsMP3, AAC, WMA, Apple Lossless, AIFF, PCM, FLACAAC, Protected AAC, HE‑AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAVMP3, WMA, WAV, MP4, AVC badeline, MPEG-4, WMV, JPEGMP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, FLAC, Audible, WAVMP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AVI, JPG, BMPMP3,WMA,OGG,WAV,APE,FLAC,AAC-LC,ACELPMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Audible
Display2.2 inch2.5 inch0 inch1.44 inch1.8 inch1.8 inch1 inch
Storage TypeFlash MemoryFlash MemoryFlash MemoryFlash MemoryFlash MemoryFlash MemoryFlash Memory
FM Radio
Bluetooth
Expandable Storage
microSDXC

microSDHC

microSDHC

microSDHC

microSDHC
Weight68 g32 g32 g27 g32 g32 g23 g
Dimensions10.9 x 4.4 x 0.9 cm0.5 x 4 x 7.6 cm0.17 x 0.92 x 0.75 cm1.6 x 4.1 x 6.6 cm1 x 4 x 8 cm 9 x 3.9 x 0.8 cm1.6 x 4.1 x 6.6 cm
(Special) Features
  • DSEE HX Upscaling
  • Clear Audio +/S-Master HX premium audio Technologies
  • aptX Technology
  • Genius Playlist
  • In-built Nike+
  • Waterproof up to 2m
  • Ideal MP3 Player for Sports
  • Lightweight and durable
  • E-Book Viewer with Bookmarking Function
  • Microsoft PlayFX Sound Enhancement
  • Portable Voice Recorder
  • Easy Playlist syncing with Media Monkey
  • Deep, rich Sound Quality
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Best Rated
Sony NWZA-15 A Series
Sony NWZA-15 A Series
  • DSEE HX Upscaling
  • Clear Audio +/S-Master HX premium audio Technologies
  • aptX Technology
139,99 €
Best Seller
Apple iPod nano 7G
Apple iPod nano 7G
  • Genius Playlist
  • In-built Nike+
135,00 €
Sony NW-WS414
Sony NW-WS414
  • Waterproof up to 2m
  • Ideal MP3 Player for Sports
75,90 €
Kubik Evo 8GB
Kubik Evo 8GB
  • E-Book Viewer with Bookmarking Function
  • Microsoft PlayFX Sound Enhancement
23,90 €
AGPtEK A02
AGPtEK A02
  • Portable Voice Recorder
  • Easy Playlist syncing with Media Monkey
16,99 €
Best Deal

Things You Should Know For Our MP3-Player Reviews

Drum along to your favourite song in great quality after our mp3 player review 2016.

The 6th Generation of Apples Classic iPod.

Remember the days when a MP3 player was the latest and coolest gadget you could buy? Digitally owning thousands of songs on one device and playing music wherever and whenever you wanted to.
Those days are long gone and with the rise of smartphones over the last years MP3 players are integrated into nearly every portable device, making them pretty much redundant as a stand alone device.

You may think “Why should I get a MP3 player, if I have my smartphone?” and we agree. There pretty much isn’t much that speaks for buying one except for nostalgia, or the fact that it is sometimes better to own a separate device for sports or simply to save memory on your smartphone for apps and co. especially if you have a big library of music. Some people also wish to keep it simple or just don’t own a smartphone yet.

It’s not up to us to conclude if you need one or not though and so we have reviewed a range of devices to find the best MP3 player for those who really still want to buy one.

Read our intensive review below to find out which MP3 player suits you the most.

What makes the best MP3-Player?

We’ve quickly summarized these traits the best MP3 player must have in order to compete with other music player devices.

  • long battery life
  • high memory/ storage space capabilities
  • simple usability
  • wide compatibility
  • good sound quality

We’ll now take a look at some of the named traits and go into more detail.

Storage Capacity/Memory

The MP3 players memory or storage capacity will determine its price. The more capacity the higher the price. Most devices now have at least 1 or 2 GB of storage, the best MP3 players have more than 100 GB.

Also most MP3 players will not only save audio files but some of your other files like videos , images, documents, pdf files and many more. This might be a reason to aim for higher storage.

There are also two kinds of MP3 players when it comes down to capacity; hard-disk and flash memory MP3 players.

Here are some of the up- and downsides of both types.

Pro’s of Flash Memory MP3-Players Con’s of Flash Memory MP3-Players
  • durable, less prone to damage
  • less storage space

Flash Memory MP3 players are more common and actually get up to 64 GB of memory which is fine for most people. They are built as one piece without lose parts which makes them good for running.

Pro’s of Hard-Disk MP3-Players Con’s of Hard-Disk MP3-Players
  • massive storage space, often more than 100 GB
  • more fragile

Hard disk MP3 players are the champions of capacity but also have loose parts which make them more fragile and so, less suitable for sports.

Check if your MP3 music player has expandable storage. This will enable you to insert an external SD card to expand storage up to 128 GB!

Battery Life

Recharge!
Nearly all MP3 players use a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which will usually last several years with regular use.

When buying a cheap MP3 player you’ll soon notice that the battery runs flat very quickly and you’ll have to charge it often.
The best MP3 players have a battery life that lasts numerous hours. Of course this is highly dependent on what you actually use it for. Also remember that different file sizes and quality of a song will demand more battery power during playback.

Also check out how much time the device needs to charge. Some MP3 players have a quick charge function, which will give the device enough power to last for 60 min within 3 minutes of charging.

Compatibility

There are two ways your MP3 player must be compatible. One is the actual music file type. MP3 happens to be the most common file type. Though there are others, as different online music stores have different formats.

The best MP3 players should support a variety of formats besides MP3 for example music files downloaded from iTunes, one of the biggest music libraries on the internet.

The best MP3 players support at least MP3, AAC, WAV and WMA.

Next up, your MP3 music player must also be compatible with your operating system. Though this is usually the case, some devices may not be compatible with OS or Windows, especially with older versions.

The easiest way of transferring music from your PC to the MP3 player is the good old “drag and drop”. Though some MP3 players use a special music library that comes as a free download to synchronize music.

Display

Our MP3 player review has taken into account the different types of displays that are now available for MP3 players.
It’s not so much size that matters in this case, it rather depends once more on usage. Think of where you’re going to listen to music. If you go running, you don’t want to get sweat on your touch screen as it’ll become hard to use. A normal colour display however will require other means to navigate through the menus.

Music players that will have multimedia facilities i.e. play videos etc. are known as MP4 players.

Sound

These Sony Sony MDRZX310 for example will give a much better sound than most default in-ear phones.

Other MP3 player reviews often miss out on this topic usually because it’s simply hard to pick a best buy MP3 player without having heard the quality of sound.

So how does one recommend the best MP3 player sound quality?

The irony here is that in most cases the device does not determine the quality of sound. Yes, some cheap MP3 players may generally not be able to play music as crisply as others but what actually matters is the music file itself.

To get the best sound out of your MP3 player, buying good headphones will also be essential.

Music is often compressed during transfers and so the sound quality will deteriorate. A music files quality is measured in kbps (“kilo-bit per second”). The more, the better whilst the best sound quality comes at around 320 kbps.
Anything under 128 kbps is quite frankly not an option for anybody who is used to at least CD sound quality.

Though the file will decide the quality of sound, the best MP3 players have built in features such as DSEE HX Upscaling or Clear Audio +/S-Master HX premium audio technology, to enhance the sound.

Additional Features

The Apple iPod Nano for example has access to the App Store to download loads of different features.

A MP3 music player will come with a certain amount of features, the more they have, the more expensive they get. When you get to the point that they can do anything except telephone then you might actually consider a smartphone instead.

Some of the following features are quite useful but don’t buy an overloaded device as it will eliminate the simplicity that speaks in favour of buying a MP3 music player.

  • Bluetooth: Some of the best MP3 players have a Bluetooth function to connect to external speakers, car stereos or headsets.
  • FM-Radio: An integrated FM Radio function allows you to access radio stations.
  • Apps: In accordance with the development over the last years, top model MP3 players will offer access to a wide selection of application and games.
  • Internet Access: Via Wi-Fi or sometimes even mobile data some devices offer internet access where you can download music files or listen to internet radio if you’re looking for some variety.

Which MP3-Player suits me most?

Here are a couple of questions you might be asking yourself when trying to find the most suitable MP3 music player for you.

Can I buy a cheap MP3-Player?

You can buy a fairly decent device for under 60£ and every now and then you’ll find MP3 player sales in shops or continuously online. With the right price comparison you’ll also find bargains on top quality devices.

What do other users recommend?

Though everyone has their own favourite when it comes to MP3 players, especially when it comes down to functions and optics, it’s always a good idea to view customer reviews of certain players as they’ll give useful hints towards usage and functions on a MP3 player you’re interested in.

Where can I buy the best MP3 player?

Feel free to check out our MP3 player review 2016 above to see the best buy music player. Along with our highest rated one, you’ll find other attractive offers and a summary of special features and functions.

Accessories

Here are some useful extras to enhance your MP3 music player experience.

  • Cover/ Case: A cover or case will come in different styles and colours. They will protect your MP3 player from damage through falls, scratches and weather. This will be handy when using it for sports.
  • SD-Card: As already mentioned this will enable you to expand your players capacity. But do make sure your MP3 player is compatible with the Type of SD card you have.
  • Headphones: Many cheap MP3 players come with low-quality in-ear phones and if you want the full sound experience you’ll need to upgrade to a pair of high quality headphones.
  • Docking Station: Not only will a docking station charge your device but you’ll be able to use it as a sound speaker. Again, make sure the stations connection is compatible with the device you have.

The best MP3 player brands

The range and variety of music players becomes very clear in our MP3 player review 2016 and the same goes for manufacturers and producers. So here’s a list of the most popular MP3 player brands from which you can select a range of high quality music players.

  • AGPtEK
  • Apple
  • FiiO
  • Kubik
  • SanDisk
  • Sony
  • XDUOO