10 Best MP3 Players For Running

Music is a great way to kick-start your workout routine and keeps you pumped as you power through it.

Finding THE BEST MP3 PLAYER FOR RUNNING can be challenging; this is why we gathered this list of the best 10 MP3 players for running in 2017; and done the research; to make it easy for you to pick the most convenient MP3 player.

When it comes to running MP3 players; the smaller the MP3 player is the better, also, the MP3 Player should be durable, have a clip on the back, easy button placement, good battery life, and a convenient price.

You will find a comparison table below, with all the information available to make your comparisons, accompanied by a comprehensive review with everything that you need to know about the MP3 player you’re going to buy.

Best MP3 Players for running

iPod Shuffle The Smallest MP3 Player for RunningiPod Shuffle 4th generation

4.8/515 hours$40 - $70
Klangtop MP3 PlayerKlangtop4.7/530 hours$20 - $30
SanDisk Clip Sport The Best MP3 Player for RunningSanDisk Clip Sport4.5/525 hours$30 - $60
AGPtek G02AGPtEK G024.4/59 hours$20 - $30
Best MP3 Players for Running - SanDisk Clip JamSanDisk Clip Jam4.3/518 hours$30 - $40
Best MP3 Players for Running - Sony NWZ W273Sony NWZ W2734.2/57 hours$90 - $200
Best MP3 Players for Running - SanDisk Sansa Clip+SandDisk Sansa Clip+4.0/515 hours$70 - $100
GoGear SoundDotGoGear SoundDot4.0/56 hours$15 - $40
Philips GoGear RagaPhilips GoGear Raga3.9/515 hours$30 - $50
Best MP3 Players for Running - Philips GoGEAR FitDotPhilips GoGEAR FitDot3.8/56 hours$20 - $30

*Playtime varies depending on volume and audio content.
*Prices are subject to change occasionally and we will endeavor to do our best to keep them regularly updated.

#1 iPod Shuffle 4th Generation

iPod Shuffle The Smallest MP3 Player for RunningiPod Shuffle 4th generation is small and lightweight MP3 player, built for the athlete or a person on the go, it has a strong clip to attach to your shirt, I find it more helpful when I hook the shuffle to the top of my running/ workout pants, so I wouldn’t have to deal with the swinging wires.

Design/ Build Quality

iPod Shuffle 4th generation 2015 model comes with 2GB storage, without any expandable memory. It also arrives with 5 different colors to choose from, Blue, Pink, Silver, Gold, and Space Gray, the 2012 model has those colors in addition to 4 (Green, Red, Orange and Purple) Apple eliminated those colors from 2015 models, because she thinks that the 5 chosen colors are the popular ones.

The build quality of iPod Shuffle is great, I dropped it many times, and once, I have washed it with my training pants, I thought it would be gone, but it seems to be working, maybe because it was in a my pants pocket, I wouldn’t try it again, so, don’t try it because it is not waterproof.

It also comes with a solid clip that doesn’t get loose easily, sometimes when I attach it to my clothing, I touch the previous button which will result in changing tracks, this happens because the button is so close to the edge of the device.

Voice Over

When Apple launched iPod Shuffle, they made sure to compensate the non-existence of display by putting the Voice Over functionality, so, when you are jogging you, just click the Voice Over button and hear what song is playing, and change playlists.

To use Voice Over on iPod Shuffle 4th generation, you need to make sure that it is enabled in the iTunes app in Mac or PC; under section voice feedback, from there you can also set what language, you would like the shuffle to play.

  • Single click: Name of artist and song currently playing.
  • Double click: Battery status
  • Click and hold: Switch playlists.

iPod Shuffle Controls

The previous model of the iPod Shuffle (3rd generation) had no physical buttons, the only way to change the tracks or volume was through the headphones.

Now, iPod Shuffle 4G has a wheel control buttons, Volume Up/ Down, Next/ Previous song, Fast Forward/ Rewind, when you hit any button you hear the click.

Next to the headphone jack port, (charging port), there is a small light indicator, and next to it, there is the Voice Over button, and next to it there is the turn On/Off button, when you slide it a degree to left it will turn On, and when you slide it another time you will have the shuffle mode.

If you can pass the 2GB un-expandable storage, and you’re looking for a small and stylish MP3 player for running, then iPod Shuffle 4G is the best.

Features and Specifications

  • 2GB built-in memory
  • Multiple refreshed colors
  • Lightweight
  • Super tiny
  • High quality aluminum looks
  • Durable
  • Voice Over
  • Shuffle
  • Battery lasts up to 15 hours


  • No expandable storage
  • It’s little bit expensive compared to 2GB models of other brands


– iPod Shuffle 4th Generation MP3 player
– Earbuds
– User Manual

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#2 Klangtop MP3 Player

Klangtop MP3 PlayerIf you’re looking for a lightweight sports Bluetooth MP3 player that is compact and has a useful features and yet is affordable I think you’d LOVE the Klangtop MP3 player.

Design and Build Quality

The Klangtop MP3 Player comes with 8GB of internal storage and the option to expand the memory to an extra 32GB via the Micro SD port, it comes with a dedicated volume control on the side, and navigating controls in front; it’s easy to operate even for non-tech savvies.

The Klangtop MP3 Player is one of the best affordable running MP3 players because it’s wearable; it has a clip on the back, which can be clipped to almost anything, it comes with an FM Radio, Voice Recording,  E-Book reader (txt), Sleep Timer, Equalizer, and it can shuffle the music.

This MP3 player supports MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV and AAC, the sound with the included headphones is amazing; quite a bit of bass and a nice deep and rich sound.


The Klangtop MP3 Player comes with Bluetooth 4.0 which supports the Bluetooth devices from 2.0 – 4.0, you can enjoy your favorite music wirelessly by connecting it to a wide variety of Bluetooth devices such as portable Bluetooth speakers and  earphones, the only drawback that it doesn’t support FM Radio while on Bluetooth mode.


The Klangtop MP3 player has a 300mAh rechargeable battery, which can take about 1.5 hours to fully charge and lasts up to 30 hours of continuous playtime with earphone at moderate volume, and it last 8 – 10 hours in Bluetooth mode.

Features and Specifications

  • 8GB of internal storage
  • FM Radio
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • Expandable storage (up to 32GB)
  • Lighweight (22.5g)
  • Clip on the back
  • 30 Hours of playtime
  • affordable


  • It doesn’t support FM Radio while on Bluetooth mode
  • Doesn’t support iTunes

In the Box

  • Klangtop MP3 player
  • Earphone
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Protective velvet bag
  • User manual

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#3 SanDisk Clip Sport

SanDisk Clip Sport - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningSansa clip sport is a small MP3 player for running with a clip on the back, from the name we can tell that it is designed for sport maniacs, because of the features it delivers.

Design/ Build Quality

The first thing you’ll notice when you hold the Clip Sport running MP3 player is the lightweight; it weighs 1 ounce / 28 grams, about a quarter of a small apple. It is very similar to the newest sports MP3 player A12, made by AGPtEK.

The square colored LCD screen is 1.44” inch 128 x 128, a bit bigger than the Clip Zip model; you’ll notice the color you picked is applied only to the center button and the circled edge of the device.

There are two popped up buttons on the face of the device; one is the center ‘select’ button, and the other is the return or go back button (marked with an arrow), also there are four directional face buttons, to navigate through the device, change and forward tracks, and the menu button is located below.

When you turn it to the right side, you’ll see a 3.5mm headphone jack port, and SD card port in case you’d like to expand the memory, in the left side there is a Micro-USB port to charge the device or connect it to a PC to sync the music, the volume control buttons are located little bit down.

FM Radio and Stopwatch

It comes with two different storage options; 4GB and 8GB, and both they have an SD card expansion up to 32GB, If you are on budget, I suggest you skip buying the 8GB model and go for the 4GB instead, and slide-in your own memory card to double or triple the storage at a lower cost.

This accessory has an FM radio built-in, which has very good reception and you can choose mono (if u use one ear-bud), it has a stopwatch and timer to help you keep track of your workout, also it has the functionality of playing Audiobooks and podcasts smoothly.

Memorizing Where it Left Off

After you switch off the device and turn it back on, the player memorize where it left off, and start playing from there, also I noticed that, when I came back from listening to music and went to listen to the Audiobook I was listening to earlier, I found out that it resumes where I left off, the separation in memorizing both the music files and Audiobooks got my attention to this device.

Quick Charging and Starting

The running MP3 player Clip Sport seems to charge up more quickly, start more quickly, and respond to button pushes faster than previous models, the only significant difference I can see is that they omitted the recording feature, which is a bad downgrade.

Creating playlists and locating songs is easy, Syncing music to your device is simple, you drag and drop to the folder you want your music to be added, you’ll find folders already created, such as music, Audiobooks and podcasts, it is simply a simple and organized MP3 player to use.

Lock Feature

I was reading some users reviews about it on Amazon, and found that a couple of users, stated that after sometime of heavy use, they device froze up, and they had to restart the device by pressing and hold the two face buttons together, for about 10 to 15 seconds they managed to get it to work.

Some people found it hard to randomizing tracks using the shuffle feature, it will play songs from “A to Z” this regards sold devices prior 2015, however a SanDisk support guy confirmed that this issue been solved in firmware release, if you already bought this product and you have this issue, you can now update the firmware for free Link here.

Pressing while holding the back button will lock the device, which makes it easy to concentrate and avoid interruption, the music sounds very clear, to enhance the bass you can use the Equalizer feature, and also the included headphones are high quality.

Battery in Real Life Use

Battery life is great, I’ve typically gotten about 20 hours of playback when I used it at medium volume, even though SanDisk stated that it would last up to 25 hours, it appears they experimented it in a very low volume.

You can save more battery by lowering the brightness level, and set the back light to the lowest level which is 15 seconds.

Overall, the Sansa Clip Sport is an appealing device, and it is one of the best alternatives to the iPod Nano at a lower price, even though they ditched the recording feature previous models had, it is one of the best MP3 players for working out, very compact, good sound quality and also it is compatible with a wide variety of file types.

Features and Specifications

  • 8GB built-in Memory
  • FM Radio
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • Expandable storage
  • Long battery life
  • Great sound quality
  • Durable


  • No recording feature
  • No cover for the SD card slot

– Sansa Clip Sport SDMX24-008G
– Headphones
– USB to Micro-USB cable
– Quick start guide

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#4 AGPtEK G02 Review

AGPtek G02 - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningAGPtEK G02 is the first sport MP3 player made by AGPtEK, it was released in the last quarter of 2015, being a newcomer, AGPtEK G02 brought some good features to compete with the best  MP3 players for running.

Design/ Build Quality

This black MP3 player has a blue edge surrounding the good size button, which are very intuitive and have a good feedback when you press them, it has the play/ pause in the middle, next track/ forward button in the right, previous track/ rewind in the left, and volume controls up and down.

It’s small MP3 player with a rubbery feel, it’s a lightweight and has a clip to attach to your favorite spot, the build quality seems to be durable, but we can’t really tell since it’s a newcomer, we’ll have to wait and see how it holds up against excessive use and summer heat.

AGPtEK G02 comes with 8GB of internal storage, it can hold up to 2000 song, depending on the quality and length of the songs, it supports WMA and MP3 format, if you like to put audio books just make sure they are in the extensions mentioned, or convert them to.

It comes with a reset button in the back, just like the SoundDot, press it with a needle for 10 seconds and it will reset.

Earphones/ Shuffle mode

I’m impressed that AGPtEK bared to include a good quality earphones with this MP3 player, they won’t replace your Sentey Earbuds or Jaybird X2, But they are comfortable and have an ear hook, so they’ll stay snug fit while working out and jogging, and they have also volume controls.

This MP3 player has a dedicated shuffle button in the side just like iPod shuffle, and has an FM Radio built-in, to turn it on just slide the button from the note icon to where FM is engraved.

Battery/ Uploading songs

The battery holds up to 9 hours on full charge, which will take between 2 to 3 hours to charge.

Uploading songs to this device is super fast, you just drag and drop.

If you’re looking for an easy to use sport MP3 player that has a clip to attach to your T-shirt while running, and has an FM radio built-in and holds a lot of songs, you should consider AGPtEK G02 because it can deliver that at very competitive price.

Features and Specifications

  • 8GB built-in memory
  • Intuitive buttons
  • Lightweight
  • Clip
  • FM Radio
  • Shuffle mode
  • Great value for the money
  • Battery lasts up 10 hours


  • No MicroSD card option
  • The earphones are low quality


– AGPtEK G02 MP3 player
– Micro USB cable
– Earphone
– User’s manual

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#5 SanDisk Clip Jam Review

SanDisk Clip Jam - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningSanDisk Clip Jam has been released in May of 2015, and it has the same size as Sansa Clip+, and the clip is mounted in the back as well.

This first generation of SanDisk Clip Jam has a lot of improvements in style, in performance and also in battery life.


SanDisk Clip Jam has a monochromatic screen that shows only the info we’re actually interested in (Artist Name/ Track Title).

This model of Clip Jam consists of 5 Fresh colors; Black, Blue, Orange, Green and Pink.

This unit was built from plastic, to be honest, it doesn’t feel like any expensive material, it feels flimsier, this is probably why the lower the price, still, it stands up very well when it is performing.

Also, this MP3 player can play music at the same time while charging, a point I like to say especially for car users.


Using this MP3 Player, I noticed that it refreshed media really fast, it plays both WMA and MP3 file formats, which are pretty much the standards these days, also transferring files to the unit is fast, and it has a clean sound.

It already comes with 8GB of memory on-board, in other words, it can store up to 2000 songs, if each song is 3.5 minutes long, but if somehow you need additional memory, you can add up to 32 GB using the Micro SDHC card.

Memorizing where it left off

In most cases it doesn’t matter, but when it comes to 3 hours or 10 hour audiobook, my MP3 player, better remember where it left off.

Even though there is no feature to bookmark 5 or 10 permanent positions at specific points, SanDisk Clip Jam remembers where it left off, so even after pausing or powering off the device; it will resume it from the last point.

Lock feature

An MP3 player with no lock feature is nothing, especially if used when running or working out.

When you want to lock your SanDisk Clip Jam, press and hold the back button, and it’s the same way when you want to unlock it, just keep in mind that the power On/Off will still function even with the lock on.

The SanDisk Clip Jam offers many features, from a large on-board memory with a longer battery life, it’s an affordable option to listen to music on the go, which makes it one of the best budget MP3 players of 2015.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in
  • Very compact
  • FM Radio built-in with presets
  • Audiobook and Podcast Support
  • Shuffle
  • Lock button
  • Sleep mode
  • Micro SD card expansion (up to 32GB)
  • Battery lasts up to 18 hours
  • Inexpensive


  • The power button is in the face of the device


– SanDisk Clip Jam
– Earbuds
– USB 2.0 Cable
– Quick Start Guide

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#6 Sony Walkman NWZ W273 Review

SONY NWZ W273 - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningEven though Sony markets Walkman NWZ W273 for swimmers, because it is waterproof, people with excessive sweat, can benefit a lot from this, it comes with 2 different storage options, 4GB and 8GB, it can hold up to 1000 song, and it’s wire free, so, you don’t have to deal with dangling wires.

Design/ Build Quality

Sony made Walkman NWZ W273 to be a snug fit, you just put it on your ears, and adjust the loop behind your head to the way it feels comfortable, and it stays exactly in place so you don’t have to fuss with it while you’re working out.

It comes with an additional ear buds, in case the original one doesn’t fit, the ear buds provided, seal-in the sound, so, you can concentrate more on your workout.

The sound quality is good, though it lacks a bit of bass.

You can create your playlists in Windows Media Player and sync them, also you can drag and drop music from your computer to the device easily, without having to download any additional software.


Sony Walkman NWZ W273 is a simple and waterproof MP3 player, which you can use in running, working out, lap swimming, or water aerobics.

If you like to work out on the rain or you sweat a lot, it makes sense to have a waterproof MP3 player, the Sony Walkman NWZ W273 performs excellent under water.

After reading some reviews on Amazon about this model, I found that a couple of guys lost the sound on one ear of the device, after digging, it turned out that after removing the fabric on the tip of the ear, it fixes the problem, and it may have something to do with saturated sweat residue, or ear wax residue.

Also, there is another user who found that this model and I quote “Only wireless MP3 player that hasn’t died to my sweat when running” it may be not the perfect MP3 player for running, but, it is one of the best recommendations one can get.

Quick Charge/ Battery

Sony implemented a quick charge feature in Sony Walkman NWZ W273; when you charge your device for 3 minutes it delivers up to 60 minutes of playback.

The battery lasts up to 8 hours, and it takes 1.5 hours to fully charge using the charging dock that came with it.

One must make sure the device is completely dry, before connecting the MP3 player charging dock.

Sony stopped the production of walkman NWZ W273; which made the price highly increase, but, if you are the type of person, that sweat too much, then, you may want to consider Sony’s NWZ W273 or cheap waterproof MP3 players.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in memory
  • Waterproof/ Sweat proof
  • Wire Free
  • Shuffle
  • Clean sound
  • Sung fit
  • 3 min quick charge (lasts 60 min)
  • Battery lasts up to 8 hours


  • It’s the expensive MP3 player on this list (because Sony stopped its production)
  • Low bass


– Sony NWZ W273 MP3 player
– Earbuds with different sizes (Small, Medium, Large)
– Adjustment band
– Quick start guide
– Notes on water resistant specifications

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#7 SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Review

SanDisk Clip Plus - 10 Best MP3 Player For RunningSanDisk Sansa Clip+ comes in 5 different colors, Black, White, Blue, Red (Brownish) and Purple.
It combines the best sound quality, and multiple features with affordable price.

Every little success you see Clip Sport, or Clip Jam have today, is Due to Sansa Clip+, it became the first successful MP3 Player SanDisk ever made, and it was more than once, listed on the Amazon Best Seller list in electronics.

Design/ Build Quality

When you un-box the Sansa Clip+ you’ll have to peel off a screen protector image that protects the display from scratching.

Sansa Clip+ is a small MP3 player, it’s not as small as a shuffle, but, to an MP3 player with a screen it is small.

The MP3 Player is made of plastic,  it’s lightweight and durable, and you don’t have to worry about shattering the glass if it fell, this is one of the many reasons runners looks for in MP3 player.

It has a simple, straight forward buttons; the square track-pad in the middle makes it easier to navigate without looking at the player, especially for runners.

It has a smooth UI design, very intuitive and straight forward.

Radio FM

Sansa Clip+ has a Radio FM built-in, it has a good reception, it picks up stations easily, though it might miss some weak channels, when you auto-scan them, just remember that your earphones play the role of antenna.

You can preset your favorite channels (up to 40 stations) and also you can record from radio channels, it’s that handy.


Sansa Clip+ has a recording feature, and the sound is very good and clear.

Every audio you will record, will be saved in WAV format, and given a file name consists of the date and time 011611-080123, 011711-103474

Having those audio files in WAV, makes it handier to transfer to your Computer or laptop and play from there as well.

Putting music on MP3 Player/ Playing songs

You can put music on MP3 Player, by syncing your favorite playlists through Winamp or Windows Media Player, though Winamp is better and more accurate (bug free), or you can drag and drop your audio files to your MP3 Player.

You can filter playing your songs by Artist, Album, Genre, A to Z, Year, History and recently added.

Files on Micro SD card integrate seamlessly with the on board memory, also you have the option to play songs that are on the MP3 Player memory or an SD card separately.

If you’re looking an MP3 Player with a screen, FM Radio and memory you can expand, then, Sansa Clip+ can offer this at very competitive price.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in memory
  • FM Radio Built-in with presets
  • Support Audiobooks
  • Smooth interface
  • Recording
  • Shuffle
  • Micro SD Expansion (up to 16GB)
  • Battery lasts up to 15 hours
  • Good value for the money


  • No cap to seal the Micro SD slot
  • Since it is discontinued by manufacturer, price gets speculated to over $100 at time


– Sansa Clip+
– USB 2.0 Cable
– Earphones
– Quick start guide

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#8 Philips GoGear Raga Review

GoGear Raga - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningDesign/ Build Quality

When you first hold the GoGear Raga you will notice its premium build quality, it comes in various colors to choose from, it has a 128 x 64 display, a big sized and very easy to use menu buttons, play/pause button is surrounded with the volume controls and tracks changing buttons, to skip through songs and fast forward a song or rewind it, and also there is a 3 bar icon where the menu is located.

On the top there is a power button to switch ON/OFF, and just next to it, there is a small dent if you decide to put a string on it, to make it more portable, the 3.5mm audio jack port is located at the bottom next to a micro USB port, which you can use to charge the device and to transfer your mp3 audio files.


GoGear Raga comes in Black, Red, Pink, Blue and Purple

Features and Performance

Uploading MP3, WAV and WMA songs is simple, you can drag your audio files from your computer and drop them into your mp3 player that easily, or if you like to manage your songs in an organized manner just like iTunes, Philips offers its customers Songbird software to do that, granted free of charge.

From the Menu button you can set and customize your device to be more personal, you can change brightness level, theme color, set a shuffle mode, and navigate through your playlists and more.

It comes with an FM radio built-in, simply tune into the station you want to preset, press and hold the Play/ Pause button to memorize it.

It has a quick charge feature, 6 minutes will allow you up to 60 minutes of playback, at least that’s what Philips claims, but from my personal experience, I found that it gives me about half that time or two thirds, because I like to listen to music at high volume, and if you use radio instead of playing the music you have, it will consume more battery, because of the time it takes to set and look for the FM frequency and establish a connection to it.

Full Sound 

Philips uses a special sound function, they call it Sound Full, and you can tell the difference when listening to songs or podcasts, especially if paired with a good quality headphones.

As the case with all MP3 players, sometimes it will not respond and just freeze, to fix this issue you can reset it using the small reset button located in the bottom of the device.

What I like most about Philips, is that they stand behind their products and they have a good support tools on their website, the free Songbird to sync music to my MP3 player, and in case I have a firmware problem with my device, I can go to my product page and download the firmware Philips GoGear Software, which will erase every data you have on your device, at least your MP3 player will work again more efficient.


As the case with most new Philips MP3 players, Raga also features the 6 minute quick charge, which will allow up to 60 mins.

The battery lasts up to 15 hours, and the full cycle charge takes 2 to 3 hours.

Overall, GoGear Raga MP3 player is solid and durable MP3 player, and the Full Sound function Philips uses, makes this device one of the best budget MP3 players.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in
  • LCD screen
  • FM radio built-in
  • Plays MP3, WAV and WMA files
  • Quick charge
  • Long battery life
  • Great sound quality
  • Durable


  • No memory expansion


– GoGear Raga MP3 player
– Headphones jack
– Armband
– Quick start guide
– Micro USB cable

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#9 Philips GoGear SoundDot Review

GoGear SoundDot - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningPhilips designed the GoGear SoundDot for those who want a basic MP3 player, with no screen, less buttons, just turn it on and play the music.

Simplicity and Ease of use

This device is simple yet very easy to use, it has only 3 buttons; Play/ Pause, changing tracks, and changing volume.

When the device is on, you have a light indicator which flashes in Green, Orange or Red, depending on the battery status.

The SoundDot has a USB connector hidden by a clip, a feature we miss in nowadays MP3 players.

Syncing songs is simple, just drag and drop files into the MP3 folder location, you can add up to 400 songs in the 2GB built-in storage.


The MP3 digital player is a lightweight device which comes with a clip, to attach it to clothes easily, I attached it to my shorts around the belt, while doing some intense cardio, and I have to say that I am impressed that it didn’t fall or become loose.

It is one of the smallest MP3 players out there, and competes in a low price range.

This MP3 digital player is a compact mp3 player, it’s simple and cheap, and it does what MP3 players do “play music” and the sound is loud and clear.

I found 99 customer reviews at the time of writing this, and they had awarded the GoGear SoundDot 4.1 stars out of 5.

The customer reviews on Amazon are positive overall, but there were a few people like me, who wanted for this MP3 player to have a “lock” feature, that’s the only complaint we have.

For the price tag, sound quality and durability, you’ll get a good deal with the GoGear SoundDot.


When the device is powered on/off, you’ll see a flash light indicator of the battery status, Green/ Full, Orange/ Low and Red/ Very low.

The battery lasts up to 6 hours, and 6 minutes of charging will give you 60 minutes of playback.

The GoGear SoundDot is pretty basic portable MP3 player, it might not look or feel like an iPod shuffle, but it makes a good alternative.


  • 2GB built-in memory
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Shuffle mode
  • Integrated USB 2.0 connector
  • Integrated clip
  • Power indicator
  • Reset button (press and hold the pin hole in the back for a 5 to 10 seconds)
  • Inexpensive


  • No memory expansion
  • No lock feature


– GoGear SoundDot MP3 player
– Earphones
– Instructions manual

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#10 Philips GoGEAR FitDot Review

GoGear FitDot - 10 Best MP3 Players For RunningThe design of Philips GoGear FitDot comes very similar to the SoundDot, but without a USB plug integrated, the MP3 player comes only in orange, and has a small clip and a battery light indicator, it plays most standards audio files (MP3, WMA and WAV).

Control Buttons

This device has 3 control buttons, play/ pause in the middle, decreasing volume/ previous track in the left and increasing volume/ next track on the right.

Skipping songs is the tricky part, normal MP3 players will play the next or previous song when you press the left or right button, but with this MP3 player, it will increase or decrease the volume, in order to skip to the next song you have to press and hold the 2 dots button for a couple seconds till you hear a beep, pressing and hold of the 1 dot button will skip to the previous song.

Armband/ Earphones

The good thing Philips did is to include an adjustable armband in case one likes to strap it to the arm, it’s really nice and have a rubber casing, so the device would fit in.

The earphones in the other hand, are descent, they hook over the ear for more stability while running, but they are not comfortable.

Wearing only the GoGear FitDot feels light and great, especially with the small clip in the back.

FullSound/ Uploading Songs

Like all recent MP3 players made by Philips, the GoGear FitDot comes with FullSound audio enhancement to deliver a better sound quality, and quick charge feature.

You don’t need to use Songbird to sync music, you can copy your MP3 files and paste them straight to the MP3 player, but in order to restore the device or upgrade the firmware Songbird is necessary.

If you can pass the unfriendly navigation of the GoGear FitDot, you probably going to like the idea that it comes with an armband, and shuffle mode, but if you like to skip songs more often while running, there are better alternatives with friendly navigation at the same price range and maybe less.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in memory
  • Small clip
  • Lighweight
  • Armband
  • Designed for sport
  • Shuffle mode
  • Quick charge (6min =60min)
  • Built-in  memory


  • Unfriendly navigation
  • The hook over the ear might be a problem for some


– Philips GoGear FitDot MP3 Player
– Armband
– Earphones
– USB charging cable
– Quick start guide

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23 thoughts on “10+ BEST MP3 PLAYERS FOR RUNNING IN 2018

    • 03/02/2016 at 4:52 am

      Glad that you liked the article 🙂

  • 09/02/2016 at 12:12 pm

    Very informative, my friend has the iPod shuffle and speaks so high of it ,I will be getting the iPod for now.

    • 11/02/2016 at 10:57 am

      Yes the iPod shuffle 4G is great choice Maria, it’s simple, light, stylish and has Apple quality.

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    • 04/03/2016 at 9:34 pm

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  • 26/04/2016 at 11:18 am

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  • 04/05/2016 at 2:14 pm

    Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  • 26/06/2016 at 1:03 am

    I am trying to find a MP3 player that has Bluetooth to hook up to my Bose wireless ear buds. Obviously I can use my phone but I am after something that is smaller and can clip on. Is there such a thing?

    • 26/06/2016 at 7:12 am

      Dear Patto
      We have an article about 7 Best MP3 Players with Bluetooth While we did our research about this subject we couldn’t find any Bluetooth MP3 Player that has a clip, and we picked the best affordable MP3 Players.
      2 solutions to choose from:
      1- if you’re fan of apple, and you like the iPod Nano 7th generation, there is a clip case for it on Amazon costing somewhere between $5 to $15 here is a link to the cheapest one http://amzn.to/29an0qi
      2- or you can pick a Bluetooth MP3 player that has a pinhole to keep it attached to your clothing or personal belongings.

      While you read the reviews in mentioned article, you will find the following MP3s have a pinhole: Philips GoGear Ariaz/Azure, AGEPtEK A06s, Ruizu X06… etc.

    • 16/02/2017 at 11:12 am

      Sandisk Clip Sport Plus is a Bluetooth enabled, clip mp3 player. It comes with no SD card, but is 16 gb of storage so shouldn’t need one. It cost me $49 at bestbuy (red version, black was $47 but out of stock at the time) and they price match if you find it cheaper somewhere else.

      I haven’t bought bluetooth headphones for it yet, but the wired ones work great… it has a stopwatch, lap counter, fm radio, etc… all the things the other sandisk clips have.

      My only negative review on this, and it is limited as this is the first mp3 player I have bought outside of my cell phones (note 5 was too big to run with) is this. Making playlists is a royal PITA!!! You have to find a playlist maker that can read mp3, mp4, m4a, aac, ogg, etc, as many songs are in various formats. THEN after ensuring all those are enabled, so you can copy your songs from your folder on your pc to your playlist generator, you have to ensure it is using “relative” filepath instead of “absolute”. This means it won’t save your playlist using C://blah blah/blah blah, but rather /music/filename so the sandisk can read it. Many playlist generators have one or both issues that cannot be remedied. The directions for sandisk specifically list WMP with directions, probably because so many others had issues. You also have to save the playlist as .m3u format, and copy the list with all the songs into the “playlist” folder on the player.

      Several hours later… after multiple players/playlists issues, time reading on the web, etc… and my playlists work.

      I still am not entirely sold on the strength of the clip… it holds onto the elastic of my shorts ok, but i keep the player inside the wasteband and the clip on the outside, because it was flimsy and bouncing around when jogging. sleeve didn’t work, and unless you like stretched out t-shirts, the neck doesn’t work either. I am looking now for a case for it, for armband, which sort of defeats the purpose of a clip type mp3 player to begin with…

      Hope this helps.

      • 24/02/2017 at 12:41 am

        Thanks for your useful information and review Shanon about the Sandisk Clip Sport Plus

      • 27/03/2017 at 11:16 am

        The difficulty in making playlists on the ClipSport is the reason I am here. I need an alternative. I would not advise anyone to buy the ClipSport. It gets even more complicated if you use an SD card to expand memory and want to play the songs off the card. A total waste of time.

  • 12/07/2016 at 6:54 pm

    I’m trying to find a relatively inexpensive MP3 player for running and this seems like a good list to choose from. Are any of these compatible with Rhapsody?

    • 13/07/2016 at 6:24 am

      Dear Alec,
      I don’t think anyone one of this MP3 players is compatible with Rhapsody, because it uses Digital Rights Management. However, if you want to enjoy the songs you downloaded from Rhapsody, you might want to consider a third party option (Audio Converter) the author Alex made an article of how to convert Rhapsody songs to an MP3 format, so it can be played by any MP3 player or iPod.
      Here is the post: How to Convert Rhapsody to MP3 for iPod and Other MP3 Players
      I hope my answer with sufficient to your inquiry.

  • 05/08/2016 at 3:34 pm

    This was really great to read. Thank you!

  • 26/09/2016 at 5:34 am

    The one thing you could list as a “con” for the Philips Gogear Raga is that if you accidentally drop it in the tub, it is likely dead forever. I know that isn’t one of the criteria for testing it, but mine went into the tub for several seconds, and now it scrolls through different sections of the menu, shuts itself off, and turns itself on. I’ve tried resetting it and nothing is working. I love the player, but it likely won’t survive excessive water from any source. I don’t know if running in the rain will kill the player or not. I had one of those long little Philips ones before this one, and it also went into the tub, but I was able to recover it afterwards. I know the moral to my story is keep mp3 players away from the bathtub. Maybe it would have died eventually anyway, since I’ve had it for several years. Unfortunately they discontinued most of their line. I don’t want a player that requires you have a particular music source (like the Apple ones) and I don’t think lacking a screen would do the trick, either. (like Apple again, and the Fitdot).

    • 27/09/2016 at 1:17 am

      You’re right Stacey, if the Philips GoGear Raga been dropped in bathtub, it is likely dead, because it’s not waterproof MP3 player.
      You could always try to clean the water off, by opening the MP3 Player and dry it by the hairdryer.
      The only waterproof MP3 player that could survive the bathtub in this list is: the Sony NWZ W273S.
      There is a new MP3 player called “AGPtEK A12” it’s quite similar to the Philips GoGear Raga and more identical to the Sansa Clip line if you’re interested in new suggestions.


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