Finding the best MP3 player for running can be challenging; this is why we gathered this list of the best 8 MP3 players for running in 2018; and done the research; to make it easy for you to pick the most convenient MP3 player.

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

Best MP3 Players For Running in 2018

PictureModelRatingPlaytimePrice
PIIWI SporterPIIWI Sporter4.4/530 hours$$
Sony NW WS413Sony NW WS4134.2/512 hours$$$
iPod ShuffleiPod Shuffle4.1/515 hours$$$$
SanDisk Clip SportClip Sport3.8/525 hours$$$
SanDisk Clip JamClip Jam3.6/518 hours$$
Agptek A12AGPtEK A123.5/5 30 hours$$
AGPTEK G02AGPtEK G023.2/510 hours$$
GoGear MiniDotGoGear MiniDot2.8/56 hours$$

#1 PIIWI Sporter

PIIWI SporterIf you’re looking for a lightweight MP3 player for running that is compact and has a useful features and yet is affordable, I think you’d LOVE the PIIWI Sporter Bluetooth MP3 player.

Design and Build Quality

The PIIWI Sporter MP3 Player comes with 8GB of internal storage and the option to expand the memory to an extra 64GB via the Micro SD slot, 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 PIIWI Sporter MP3 Player is one of the best MP3 Players for running because it’s small, light and wearable; it has a clip on the back, which can be clipped to almost anything, it comes with an FM Radio, Voice Recording, Sleep Timer, Equalizer and it can shuffle the music even while on Bluetooth mode.

Sound Quality

When I first paired the PIIWI Sporter with my Bluetooth Earphones “SoundPEATS” I was kind of amazed that this small MP3 Player can produce such amazing sound.

I have to admit though, that the earphones that comes with it are just okay and they don’t do it justice, but I grow to LOVE it with its overall performance and made it my daily driver when I go for running or when I hit the gym.

For a running MP3 player that costs less than $30, PIIWI Sporter produces a really good sound and you have the ability to enhance the sound produced, by choosing different modes (Funk, Bass, Hip-Hop, Rock…) in the Equalizer settings.

Bluetooth

The PIWII MP3 Player comes with Bluetooth 4.0 which supports Bluetooth devices from 3.0 – 4.0. It pairs quickly to other Bluetooth devices.

You can enjoy your favorite music wirelessly by connecting it to a wide variety of Bluetooth devices such as portable Bluetooth speakers and  earphones.

Battery

The PIIWI Sporter MP3 player has a 300mAh rechargeable battery, which can take about 1.5 hours to fully charge and lasts up to 30 hours. When I use the wired earphones I usually play it at low volume and I get +20 hours and when I use Bluetooth I get +7 hours which gets me through 3-4 times when I run.

Features and Specifications

  • 8GB of internal storage + (up to 64GB through the Micro SD Slot)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • FM Radio
  • Sleep Timer
  • Clip on the back
  • Lightweight (22g)
  • 30 Hours of playtime

PROS

  • Small and compact
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Long battery life

CONS

  • Doesn’t sync with iTunes
  • Doesn’t support Apple’s Airpods
  • Cheap earphones (but workable)

THE VERDICT

If you’re looking for a small, compact MP3 Player for running with a clip on the back, Bluetooth support, expandable memory and budget friendly, then PIIWI Sporter is a Great choice.

#2 Sony Walkman NW WS413

Sony NW WS413Even though Sony markets Walkman NW WS413 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 NW WS413 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 crisp, the bass gets the job done and you still can hear your surroudings when the ambient sound is ON; it’s a cool feature to have for safety reasons.

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.

Waterproof

Sony Walkman NW WS413 is a simple waterproof MP3 player, which you can use in running, working out, lap swimming, or water aerobics.

If you like to workout on the rain or you sweat a lot, it makes sense to have a waterproof MP3 player, the Sony Walkman NW WS413 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 NW WS413; 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.

Features and Specifications

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

PROS

  • Wire Free
  • Waterproof

CONS

  • It’s the expensive MP3 player on this list
  • Low bass

THE VERDICT

Overall, the Sony NW WS413 is an excellent choice for people that don’t like wires, and the sweatproof feature makes the MP3 player loved by most.

#3 iPod Shuffle

iPod ShuffleiPod 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.

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

PROS

  • Small
  • Stylish
  • Durable

CONS

  • No expandable storage
  • It became expensive after Apple discontinued the production of iPod Shuffle.

THE VERDICT

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

#4 Clip Sport

SanDisk Clip SportSansa 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.

Features and Specifications

  • 8GB built-in Memory
  • FM Radio
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • Expandable storage
  • Good battery life

PROS

  • Good sound quality
  • Durable

CONS

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

THE VERDICT

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.

#5 Clip Jam

SanDisk Clip Jam

SanDisk 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.

Design

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.

Performance

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.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in
  • 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

PROS

  • Simple
  • Very compact

CONS

  • We haven’t seen any updates in the last 3 years of this model
  • At its current price point you can get something with Bluetooth

THE VERDICT

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 2018.

#6 AGPtEK A12

Agptek A12

AGPtEK A12 is one of the earliest models of AGPtEK; it has an OLED screen which helps saves the battery, it comes with 8GB of internal storage; which can be expanded up to 64GB

Design and Build Quality

AGPtEK A12 has a small clip on the back of the device so you can mount it anywhere easily, which is suitable for all kinds of outdoor sports. By looking to the shape of the clip and how it is connected to the unit, I don’t think it would break easily.

This running MP3 feels good in hand, and not cheap as some other running MP3 players, also it’s lightweight because it’s made of plastic; it weighs 0.79Oz – 22g which is almost the same weight as Sansa Clip+. It feels like a good quality.

Sound Experience

Since AGPtEK A12 MP3 player supports both lossy and lossless formats (MP3, WAV, APE, WMA and FLAC) the sound experience is very good, especially when paired with good quality headphones, because the one that came with it in the box are neither comfortable nor good quality.

So if you are a regular user of MP3 players or new to the sounding experience, you could find the earphones to be okay, and there is no hurry to change them. But, if you are a music enthusiast and you care about sound quality, you’ll have to pair them with good quality headphones like Kinvoka which costs about $12 on Amazon or something even cooler.

Battery

AGPtEK A12 has a very competitive battery life, it comes with 280 mAh built-in rechargeable battery, which will translate to 25-30 hours of playtime, based on the level of volume: When the volume is set high it consumes much battery, and when the volume is low it consumes less.

Features and Specifications

  • Display Size: 1.1” OLED
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Extra Storage: (up to 64GB via Micro SD)
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Music Formats: MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC and WAV
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1
  • Weight: 0.79oz /22g
  • Battery: 30 hours

PROS

  • Multi Functions
  • Expandable memory

CONS

  • No shuffle while on Bluetooth
  • The Instruction manual isn’t much helpful

THE VERDICT

Overall, we truly like this little MP3 player and its feature from the FM Radio to the battery life, and the fact that it’s great value for money.

#7 AGPtEK G02

AGPTEK G02

AGPtEK 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.

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 of inetrnal storage
  • Intuitive buttons
  • Lightweight
  • Clip on the back
  • FM Radio
  • Shuffle mode

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Battery lasts up 10 hours

CONS

  • No Micro SD card option
  • The earphones are low quality

THE VERDICT

In general, the AGPtEK G02 is a good choice if you’re looking for an MP3 Player for running without screen.

#8 GoGear MiniDot

GoGear MiniDotPhilips designed the GoGear MiniDot 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.

Syncing songs is simple, just drag and drop files into the MP3 folder location, you can add up to 1000 songs in the 4GB built-in storage.

Portability

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.

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

Battery

When the device is powering ON or 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 up to 60 minutes of playback.

Features and Specifications

  • 4GB built-in memory
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Shuffle mode
  • Clip on the back
  • Power indicator
  • Reset button

PROS

  • Small
  • lightweight
  • Inexpensive

CONS

  • No expandable memory
  • No lock feature

THE VERDICT

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