Best MP3 Player 2016 | Comparison & Test Winner

MP3 players come in many shapes and sizes, as you can see from the table, and their software interfaces also differ greatly, depending on the manufacturer. So, selecting the right one for you is not necessarily all about the price or any other single factor for that matter. Getting something that is conveniently sized and offers intuitive ease of use tends to be more important to most consumers and you can identify these using the table.

MP3 Player Sony B172 Walkman Sony 474B Walkman Apple iPod Touch 4th Apple iPod Touch 5th Apple iPod Shuffle Trekstor i.Beat move SanDisk Sansa Clip+ SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip Apple iPod Nano
Score 7 / 10 7 / 10 9 / 10 10 / 10 8 / 10 6 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10 9 / 10
Music quality
Storage 2 GB 8 GB 8 – 64 GB 32 – 64 GB 2 GB 4 – 8 GB 2 GB – 8 GB 4 GB – 8 GB 16 GB
Playbacktime up to 18 h up to 36 h up to 40 h up to 40 h up to 15 h up to 15 h up to 15 h up to 15 h up to 30 h
Built-in camera (2)
Photo feature
Display resolut. / / 940 x 640 1920 × 1080 / 128 x 128 / / 240 x 432
Weight 28 g 50 g 100 g 86 g 12,5 g 28 g 24 g 16 g 32 g
Special features Fast recharge 2 Games Retina Display Retina Display VoiceOver Key Dictaphone microSD-Slot microSD-Slot Pedometer
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Last Update: March 2016

Devices that are specifically designed as MP3 players should be specialists for audio storage and playback but they also often include other features, such as photo and movie playback, too. Therefore screen resolution and several other factors have been included, when the test winner has been worked out.

In order to establish the most cost-effective player that will suit your needs, consider the memory capacity of the device. This will not only set the maximum amount of songs you can store on the player, but also the size of the files you hold. Put simply, larger memories allow for better quality MP3s to be stored and for more of them. Playback quality is also affected by the type of jack fitting or docking capability that the device uses. The battery any particular device is. Running out of power at a crucial time can be exceptionally annoying when you are out and about, but it is much less of an issue if you intend to use yours at home only, where it can be charged up easily at any time. If you like to listen to music when you are exercising, perhaps to keep you entertained whilst working out at the gym, then the weight of the MP3 player will come into play. Something that is lightweight and easy to use tends to be preferable if you want to use it in this way.

Personal audio devices have come a long was since the days of cassette players and MP3 players can offer much more entertainment than mere song playback these days. Remember to consider the sort of things you want from a player and those that you don’t when comparing from the table.