Top five MP3 players for 2019
By Oliver Trebilcock
Whether you're looking for an MP3 player to relax with on the morning commute or run through the park with, our expert, independent reviews will help you find the ideal model for you.
We've tested MP3 players from big-name brands, including Apple and Sony, so you can be sure you're spending your money on a device that's worth its price tag. Our testing proves you don't need to break the bank to pick up a top-notch MP3 player.
Read on as we take a closer look at the best MP3 players of 2017. Each is easy to use, with a host of handy features and enough internal storage for chunky music libraries. And below we've also highlighted some models to steer clear of, as they'll let you down with unclear audio and a disappointing lack of bass.
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Best MP3 players
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And here are two MP3 players to avoid
Not every MP3 player on the market will do your music collection justice. The worst models we've tested take a long time to get to grips with, can't offer up detailed sound and run out of charge far too quickly. You might be tempted to pick up a cheap MP3 player, but our testing proves that bargain buys aren't always the best option. Our extensive audio tests help us uncover the MP3 players that really don't deserve a spot in your pocket.
Below, we've rounded up some of the worst MP3 players that have passed through our test lab.
The MP3 player to avoid
Apple vs Sony MP3 players
If it's an MP3 player from a big-name brand you're after, it's likely you'll end up deciding between an Apple iPod and Sony Walkman.
Our rigorous testing proves that both options have their pros and cons, and there are plenty of models to choose from whether you're after a gym buddy or a commuting companion.
While several models making up the Sony Walkman range support hi-res audio (something that no iPod can manage), you won't find a dedicated app store like you would on an iPod. A Sony Walkman places far more focus on audio quality instead of 'bonus' features. Many Walkmans also offer expandable storage, whereas if you opt for an iPod you'll have to pick a device with a set amount of internal storage. Of course, using audio streaming services, such as Spotify, will help you save space.
To see how the latest MP3 players from Apple and Sony have performed in our test lab, take a look at our MP3 player reviews. For more on the differences between these two brands, see our Apple iPod vs Sony Walkman guide.