Apple iPod Touch
It may be a relatively old Apple product now, which hasn’t been updated since 2015, but the fact that it is still the most popular portable music player out there says a lot.
First of all, it has a whopping 128GB of space. There is a smaller 32GB model available, but the former is much better value when compared.
The reason for this much storage is partly because it isn’t just a device which stores and plays your music. You can also download other apps too, such as Maps, iMessage, FaceTime and your favourite social media platforms.
You also get an 8MP front camera, 1.2MP rear camera, HD playback and the Photos app, so everything you take can be stored and viewed when you wish. Music can be downloaded and stored using the iTunes store, and Apple Music is available on your iPod touch via the Music app.
There is also access to iCloud, which will store your data and make it available across all of your devices. So if you have an iPhone, Mac or iPad, your music and photos will be with whichever you have with you.
We said it hadn’t been updated in a while, but the 6th gen iPod touch far beats its predecessors when it comes to speed, efficiency and ability. It can work up to 10x faster, which means your music is on the screen quicker and your games are more responsive. Thanks to the ability to work up to iOS 8, you can also add voice and video to messages, edit photos and monitor your health.
This is on top of the brilliant battery life which iPods are well known for, and the clear crisp screen. You also have Bluetooth so you can send the music to a speaker when you’re hosting a party, some wireless headphones or your car stereo.
It would be a perfect alternative to using your phone for listening to music (maybe to save battery life or keep work and pleasure separate), or to give to a child when the parental locks are all in place as a phone-but-not-a-phone. It could also be ideal for travelling, as you have your emails and camera all in one place.
Our only niggle is that the battery life doesn’t last for as long as it suggests, but it is still generous enough to get a good day of use out of it
- Storage: 128GB
- Display: 4”
- Battery Life: 40 hrs
- Bluetooth: Yes
Apple iPod Touch 128GB User Manual
- Good sound quality
- Plenty of features
- Easy to set up
- Ability to listen to music through apps/streaming services
- Battery life is on the short side
Loved by Apple users and music fans alike. The perfect MP3 for when you want a bit more function, but without the hassle
SONY NW-A45 Walkman Touchscreen MP3 Player with FM Radio
The Sony Walkman is perhaps the best known MP3 player that has ever existed. Sony revolutionised the music-player-in-a-phone technology, the clear sound and the ease of keeping your favourite songs in your pocket.
Thankfully though, as fab as they were at the time, technology has moved on. This model is a lot prettier, easier to manage and more advanced than their flagship MP3 Walkman from 2004, which was a step up from the portable CD players.
You can store 3,300 songs on this model, and if that is still not enough, you can pop in a microSD card. High-Resolution Audio is supported so your tunes can sound better than they would if burned to a CD, and you can also play them on your speaker or hi-fi using the Bluetooth ability. It also has NFC so you can connect it to other compatible devices.
A touch screen keeps you in control so you can change the song or add to a playlist or queue. Say you have a big train journey coming up and want the entire trip to be soundtracked without you having to lift a finger – just do it all before you are on board or once you have your seat.
The control buttons on the screen are all easy to see and press, and even though the display isn’t in colour, it is still informative enough and shows the appropriate artwork.
You can also listen to the radio if you fancy putting your playlist choices in the hands of someone else. Sound quality is high, particularly when played through a quality speaker, but beware that this at high volumes does sap the battery. Saying it will last 45 hours is a bit of a stretch, but it is relatively quick and easy to charge.
The price is pretty mid-ranging and great for an item which can hold so many songs. The display and design are a little uninspiring, and further functions are limited, but if you just want to play music on your commute or in the gym, then it does the job.
- Storage: 16GB
- Display: 3.1”
- Battery Life: 45 hrs
- Bluetooth: Yes
SONY NW-A45 Walkman Touchscreen MP3 Player with FM Radio User Manual
- Easy to use
- Slim and lightweight to carry
- Can be hard to make playlists and delete songs
Great for sound quality, portability and storage space - everything we’d expect from the MP3 leaders
Sony NWWS413L.CEW MP3 Player
You want to go to the gym and listen to your own motivational playlist, but hate carrying the music player, popping it in your pocket or using a wrist strap. Maybe you fancy listening to music while you swim but think this is pretty much impossible.
Well, this Sony player has been designed with you in mind. It is an all-in-one, with the MP3 player and headphones all combined into one device. This means no wires getting in the way, no box and no difficult storage sorting.
It can hold up to 900 songs thanks to the 4GB of storage. If you have ever timed yourself using music, you’ll know that this means you can get an awful lot done without hearing the same song twice.
Talking of swimming while using it, the NWWS413L.CEW is completely waterproof when you use the interchangeable swimming earbuds. They will stay dry yet in place, and won’t bother you when wearing them. It can even cope in the sea with the force of the waves. When you get bored with the music, simply connect it up to your computer and drag and drop new songs in.
Battery life is short in comparison to other models, but we think the other selling points make up for it. It is available in blue, green and ivory, so there is a good chance you can also match it up to your swimming trunks or costume.
They’re a good price, and even if you are dubious that they will work, you won’t be set back too much. Battery life lasts 12 hours, and just a quick three-minute charge will give you an hour of listening. Which is more than enough for a fitness session in our minds.
- Storage: 4GB
- Display: N/A
- Bluetooth: No
- Battery Life: 12 hrs
- Dust and sand proof
- Not very loud when using waterproof buds
Handy and pretty much one-of-a-kind. Great for all of you who simply must soundtrack your fitness sessions with a homemade playlist
SONY Walkman B183 MP3 Player
With space to squeeze in up to 900 songs, this is the perfect companion for travel trips, gym workouts and your morning commute.
It only weighs 30 grams and is 90mm long, so whether you slide it into your pocket or leave it in your bag, it won’t take up too much room or weigh you down. We would like it if there was a little clip attached, so it was more adaptable for those who want to use it when running or doing yoga, but it is still a nice size.
A three-minute charge will give you a couple of hours listening, and a full charge will let you listen for 20 hours uninterrupted. Just connect it up to your computer to transfer files via a USB cable. It will take both MP3 and WMA files.
There are no further features, such as radio or the ability to play songs on repeat, and the little cap which hides the USB connection feels a little loose when on, and we imagine it could simply pop off if the device is dropped or caught at all.
The buttons are also a little fiddly, and the screen is small. But we are being very picky here – for a device of its size, and indeed capability to a stretch, it still delivers the sound and is easy to add songs to. We see no reason why it won’t last for years to come.
You could buy a nondescript brand for half the price as it is a little expensive for what you get, or indeed one with a large screen, but the fact that it is so small and from Sony is worth the extra money and it still comes in under £50.
- Storage: 4GB
- Display: 0.9”
- Battery Life: 20 hrs
- Bluetooth: No
SONY Walkman B183 MP3 Player User Manual
- Nice and small
- Quick to charge
- Screen information is quite packed in
For something incredibly portable and that will save you having to waste your phone battery, it is a great purchase and a lovely throwback to the MP3 players of yesteryear
SONY Walkman NW-E394 with FM Radio
All it takes is two hours of charging, and you have 35 hours of listening with this handy device. It will store up to 1,800 songs too, which is plenty to keep you going before you start to get sick of them.
When the time to replace them does come, just connect it up to a computer using a USB cable and drag and drop the tunes. Because it will accept several formats, other users have commented that they have even popped on language learning CD’s and audiobooks.
The ease of use doesn’t stop there either, as the overall control of the music is simple too. The buttons are large and clear, and the screen is a nice size for displaying information without overtaking the device.
It won’t remember the previous song or playlist that was playing, so you do have to scroll through again to find it. The setup is also a little time consuming, and the buttons can be unresponsive at times. It can also turn on by itself when in your bag or pocket as the slide is rather flimsy.
But it is a great price for something which is so future proofed. There is no SD card slot for further storage, but there is an FM radio tuner, and it comes in some eye-popping colours.
- Storage: 8GB
- Display: 1.7”
- Battery Life: 35 hrs
- Bluetooth: No
SONY Walkman NW-E394 with FM Radio User Manual
- Nice size
- Battery is reliable
- No shuffle function
- No expandable memory
Good for the price and definitely one to consider if you’re on a budget but still want a screen and radio functions
SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player
If you want a more traditional music player for your sporting activity, then this clip on is both secure and small enough not to bother you.
It is lightweight so won’t weigh your clothes down wherever you clip it on to. Whether you are doing a light jog or something a little more strenuous, it will remain in place. You aren’t just limited to music either, as it will also accept AAC and other common formats, so you can listen to your audiobooks and podcasts too. Or, use the built-in FM tuner for the radio.
The LCD screen is not the largest given the size of the actual device, but it is still clear, and the command pad is roomy enough to have good control. Don’t panic about storage either, as a microSD card slot will allow you to store even more songs than the average 2,000 which would be stored without it.
One charge should give you around 25 hours of listening. The volume is not loud, but having read some tips from other users, we found that if you set the location to ‘Rest Of World’ as opposed to the UK as there will be less restriction on the maximum level. We would also recommend finding some earphones which are a bit more comfortable.
But despite this, it is still a very handy little device with pretty unlimited storage capabilities. It is also becoming rare that you can find an MP3 which will play audiobooks, so this will certainly appeal to some out there. It isn’t going to blow your socks off with sound performance but will assist your workout if you need music to get you going.
- Storage: 8GB
- Display: 1.44”
- Battery Life: 25 hrs
- Bluetooth: No
- Ability to listen to audiobooks
- Nice and compact
- Easy to control
As a fitness-orientated MP3 player, it is pretty ideal and does the job for a great price