Are you a fitness fanatic and an audiophile? Will you be looking for the best MP3 players for running in 2020? Are you searching for better ways to work out and listen to music without being interrupted by a call on your phone?  The Mp3 player is a PMP (portable music player) device that allows you to store digital music directly from your phone or computer into your PMP in an Mp3 format.

Sony is one of the Best Names in MP3's for Running

One of the best names in portable music players for me has got to be Sony. The Japanese giants of tech are one of the biggest manufacturers of electronics on the planet. Their products are built to last and ooze quality, below are 4 Sony MP3 players that deserve their place at the top of my list.

Sony NW-A55

Sony NW-E394

Sony NWZ-W273

Sony NW-WS413

The Sony Walkman NW-A55 Hi-Res 16GB MP3 Player

You have to love a bit of Sony when it comes to technology. MP3 players are no exception. Due to be released early 2020 the Sony Walkman NW-A55 Hi-Res ticks all the right boxes. Sony state that when this portable music player is fully charged it will last for an impressive 45 hours. This can vary slightly due to which settings are being used at the time.

A handy feature with the Sony Walkman NW-A55 is the built-in Bluetooth. This basically means you can use it with a Bluetooth headset or wireless earbuds (check out this post for the latest earbuds). This MP3 comes with an SD slot making extra memory no problem at all.

The large touchscreen makes this device easy enough to use whilst on the move.


  • A nice decent size touchscreen
  • An SD slot for additional memory
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • 45 hours use on a full charge
  • Crystal clear sound
  • Built-in FM tuner


  • A bit pricey compared to others
  • Only comes in one colour

The Sony Walkman NW-A55

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The Sony NW –E394 Walkman MP3 Player

This Digital Mp3 player is lightweight and easy to import songs from your PC or Mac with a drag and drop interface to get all the songs you need on your device. The control panel is simple to understand and user-friendly buttons. 


  • It has an 8GB internal storage system with good quality sound systems
  • The battery lasts 35 hours when fully charged
  • Can be used to store your pictures
  • It has an inbuilt FM radio function
  • It is compatible with PCM, AAC, MP3, and WMA file format.


  • It has no sleep function
  • Does not have Bluetooth function

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The Sony Walkman NWZ W273 Mp3 Player

Although the Sony Walkman is for swimmers, the miniature, and portable Mp3 player is an excellent device for runners with excessive sweat issues.

The Mp3 player design is very beautiful and stays in your ears without disturbing you during your run. It has 2 storage options; a 4GB and an 8GB which can hold up to 1000 songs for a small design. The NWZ W273 is comfortable with an adjustable loop to sit behind your head with excellent sound quality that allows you to concentrate on your workout without problems.

The playlist is easy to create or delete, the wireless nature allows you to import songs from windows or other devices. The battery takes one and a half hours to charge and lasts up to 8 hours of continuous play.


  • It has 4GB of inbuilt memory that can be expanded to 8GB
  • It is waterproof and sweatproof
  • Wireless
  • A 3-minute quick charge of the battery lasts for 1 hour
  • The battery lasts up to 8 hours after nearly 2 hours charge
  • The sound quality is excellent and fits perfectly into your ears


  • It is a bit expensive 
  • Low bass  

The Sony Walkman NWZ W273

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The Sony Walkman 4GB NW-WS413

The Sony NW WS413 is another stunning product from the giants of tech. This model is perfectly designed for the average runner. They are lightweight, comfortable and waterproof to two meters. Perfect for rainy days or if you happen to fall in a pond :o) You can even purchase the swim buds that are easy to fit and go swimming in them. Is this one of the best MP3 players for running? I think so!

With 12 hrs playback on a full charge they will more than outlast your average run, or swim for that matter. Add all that to the fact that they are reasonably priced you really cant go wrong with the NW WS413


  • Very reasonably priced
  • Comfortable fit
  • Waterproof
  • Available in 3 colors


  • Bass isn’t the best

The Sony Walkman 4GB NW-WS413 ​

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The Apple Watch Series

Let’s face it, there’s not many of us who haven’t heard of the Apple watch, and it is not without good reason. These are a real class bit of tech and perfect for all manner of sporting activities. Apple first launched their watch series back in April 2015 and have been going from strength to strength ever since. 

Apple watches are packed with awesome features. These include a fitness tracker, a heart rate monitor, GPS tracking for your exercise routines and the series 6 even comes with a blood oxygen tracker. So these clever bits of kit really are an asset when out on one of your runs.

Amongst all these super cool features they are also a perfect device for listening to music on the go. 

From September 2020 it is worth noting that all new Apple watches come installed with WatchOS. This basically means you will need an iphone no earlier than the iphone 6 to operate one.

Although the Apple watch is a super cool watch for running with. Garmin watches are also certainly worth a look, these also come packed with some awesome features.


The Apple iPod Nano 16GB Mp3 player

Like any Apple products, the Nano iPod 7th generation is built to last with excellent features that every runner should have, aside from producing music, the 2.5-inch touch display unit also acts as a pedometer, and tracker. It keeps a record of the calories burned, distance covered and heart rate. The device is worth every penny spent. Unlike other devices, the iPod Nano needs a shake to reshuffle all your playlist and enjoy every song with every run.


  • It is Bluetooth enabled with excellent sound quality with or without the headphones
  • A large display surface that allows you to watch TV
  • It is compatible with iTunes and easy to download music.
  • It has 30 hours of battery time when fully charged


  • Rather expensive, even though it`s worth it 

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The Klangtop Mp3 Player


The design and build quality of the Klangtop is rather unique. It comes with an 8GB internal storage unit that can be extended to 32GB with an external sound system. The device is a very easy to use device even for first-time users. It comes with a clip that attaches the player to whatever you are wearing during a run. This MP3 player supports MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV, and AAC with an excellent sound system for deep and rich quality sound to clearly listen to your favourite music.

The Klangtop has Bluetooth 4.0 and supports devices with Bluetooth from 2.0 to 4.0 that allows you to import song for that device. The battery is a 300mAh rechargeable one that takes one and a half hours to charge and lasts 30 hours with continuous play with your headphones. If using the Bluetooth mode it should last roughly 8 to 10 hours.


  • It is very lightweight and easy to carry about
  • Fm radio allows you to listen to your favourite radio show on the run or listen to music
  • It acts as a stopwatch and a timer.


  • It is not compatible with iTunes and when Bluetooth is on the FM radio does not function

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The SanDisk Clip Sport


The most obvious feature with the Sandisk is the size; this Sandisk MP3 player is very portable and lightweight. The entire unit only weighs 28 grams with a coloured screen of 1.44 inch. The colour of the device is a thin strip that runs around the entire body of the device.

It has two buttons for direction and navigation of the playlist. It comes with a 3.5mm headphone port, an SD card section for 4, 8 or 16GB flash memory card, and a USB port that allows you connect to another device or your computer to import songs. Other features of the Sandisk are a stopwatch, FM radio, a memory switch that starts off the song wherever it stops on the playlist, and a quick charge time with 20 – 25 hours of continuous play with a fully charged battery.


  • An 8GB inbuilt memory with expandable storage
  • It has a Stopwatch and timer
  • It is Compact, durable, and long battery life
  • Excellent quality sound even with the headphones out


  • The device may freeze after functioning for a long time
  • The SD card slot has no cover
  • It has no recording section


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AGPTEK G02 Mini Mp3 with Sweatproof covers

The AGPTEK has an 8GB internal storage system with the play, pause, forward or rewind buttons clearly indicated on the device. The rubber glove around the AGPTEK player allows runners to use during wet weather.

The AGPTEK internal storage can hold up to 2000 songs with an FM radio inbuilt for a better musical option. The battery takes 2-3 hours to charge and lasts only 9 hours with continuous play. It has a friendly user interface that allows you to download music faster than most MP3’s in the market and comes at a very cheap price.


  • A back clip that allows easy attachment to your running attire
  • Very light and extremely portable
  • FM radio available as an option for listening to music
  • Good value for money
  • A shuffle button that is easy to use
  • It is durable and does not go off or freeze after long use or when wet


  • The earpiece that comes with the unit is not the best quality
  • No SD slot on the device


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The Philips GoGear Raga Portable Mp3 Player

The Philips GoGear is a beautifully designed, user-friendly device that comes in different colours to fit your outfit. The Go Gear has a display screen of 128 by 64 with easy to use buttons that includes an off/on button, play, rewind, volume controls, track changing, fast forward, rewind, and pause buttons. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack port and a micro USB port used to charge the device.

The battery of the Philips has a quick charge system. A 6-minute charge gives it 1 hour of playtime. The battery takes 2 hours to charge and last 15 hours which will take you for a marathon run without stress


  • It comes in different colours – black, red, pink, and purple
  • Compatible with MP3, WAV, and WMA systems
  • The GoGear Raga music player is durable, solidly built, and a wonderful sound system that makes them one of the best on the market
  • It has excellent sound surround giving you good bass during running
  • Songs are easily downloaded from iTunes or from the Philips songbird software free of charge
  • An inbuilt memory function that allows you to start your song from where it stops without going back and an FM radio function for listening to the radio while you run
  • You can customize the functionality, the device also has a shuffle and navigate button that allows you to scan through your playlist with ease.


  • No space for memory expansion
  • It does not come with a clip so your running outfit should have a pocket

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The SanDisk Clip Jam MP3 Player

The very obvious feature is the monochromatic screen that displays the song and artist name to let you know who is playing while you run. The model comes in 5 different colours; black, orange, pink, blue, and green.

The Mp3 player is easy to use and upgrades and works well with WMA and MP3 file formats and is easy to transfer files to and from the unit. Like some of the other best MP3 players for running, the SanDisk has an inbuilt memory system that lets the Sandisk start where it last stopped playing. It has an excellent battery life of 18 hours when fully charged.


  • It has an inbuilt 4GB memory space for storing large collections of songs
  • Very compact and durable
  • It has an FM radio and has audiobook and podcast support
  • It is easy to shuffle the music playlist
  • The Clip jam has lock buttons, sleep mode with an SD card that can store 32GB worth of music
  • It is pretty darn cheap


  • Does not have a power button specifically, but the entire face is the power button of the device

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The Water Proof iPod Shuffle

I believe that this is one of the best waterproof music players you can get for exercise and sport.  The Underwater Audio waterproof iPod shuffle is designed to help you conveniently gain access to your playlist even underwater without any need for carrying extra waterproof bags or cases, just you and your iPod.

 One fantastic thing that makes this music player unique is that there is no special headphones or earbuds cable with rubber gaskets, or screw threads or any other conventional ways of waterproofing. Here, it is just simple, an iPod that is able to function underwater.  


  • It is waterproof and allows you to use even underwater 


  • The controls sometimes are stiff and might take some time before you get used to it
  • There is a possibility of the waterproof casing wearing off 

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The AGPTEK A26 MP3 Player

If you are looking for a durable wireless music player that will guarantee your comfort and is easy to use, then the AGPTeK A26 MP3 player is exactly what you want. The product has a Bluetooth connectivity capacity and has been on the recommended category of Amazon for some time now. When used alongside good earbuds, the music player produces a perfect quality audio sound and it supports all the types of audio formats.    

The product comes with a wearable clip which makes it easier to tag it along on your kit as you exercise The product is Bluetooth enabled which helps to reduce cables and wires.  It comes with a silicone waterproof case.  It has a 30 hours playback capacity and an 8gb internal memory space and can accommodate up to 64 GB external memory.  


  • This product is Bluetooth enabled which reduces the cords and wires you carry around
  • It also has an excellent audio quality


  • The earbuds might be discomforting sometimes as using it over some period begins to hurt the ear

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The Pyle active action

The Pyle active action is a nice slick style wrap around MP3 player coming in at a fairly affordable price. As with most MP3’s that are ideal for running and outdoor activities this bit of kit is 100% waterproof.

One of the nice features of this MP3 is that it is also targeted to the swimmers amongst us. It comes with a waterproof horn that nicely enhances the sound of the bass underwater. Worth taking into consideration if you’re a bit of a ‘bass’ head. They also claim that they are safe to use underwater to a depth of 3 metres (10 ft).

Regarding the storage of the active action, it comes with 8gb built into it. Which basically means on average you should be able to download and store up to 1800 songs. Let’s face it guys that’s enough of a choice for most of us to choose from.

The built-in rechargeable battery takes roughly 2.5 hours to charge and should keep you going for about 5.5 to 6 hours. The Pyle is charged via a USB, so whilst downloading tracks from your PC or laptop, it will also be charging. So if you are after the best Mp3 player for running, this one is well worth a look.


  • It’s a pretty affordable price
  • 100% waterproof
  • It also has an FM radio
  • Universal size fits most people


  • The replaceable earbuds can be tricky to fit
  • It only plays randomly or Alphabetically

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The Victure M5

Made of metal rather than plastic, this portable music player really stands out as a nice product compared to the others in the same price range. The shell itself is very hard-wearing claiming to be both abrasion-resistant and corrosion-resistant.

The Victure M5 comes with a built-in FM stereo, so if you get a bit bored of your downloaded material just switch over to your favourite radio station instead.

The sound quality for a low price range MP3 is quite impressive. With this particular model, you can choose between 7 different music settings. These include Jazz, Hip-hop, Classical, Rock, Techno, Funk and Custom, covering most of your music preferences.

The battery is equally as impressive on the Victure MP3. On a 1.5 hour full charge (which can be charged via computer or standard charger) Victure state you can get 100 hours usage at 60% volume, which I think you will agree is pretty blooming good.

The device itself comes with 8gb of storage built-in, but with the help of a micro-sd card, this can be upgraded to 64gb. With a 1.8-inch colour screen, headphones, USB cable and 12 months warranty included with this device it really is worth a look if you are after a cheap MP3 for running or keep fit.

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How Does Music Affect Your Running Performance?

It is quite weird how most sports or fitness people use music during their activity, but does music have any effect on your performance or is it a cultural thing to have your ears covered to the outside distractions and make you focus on your destination and goal. Sports psychologists state that music boosts your running performance by 15%, making you a better runner than non-music runners.

Based on the use of music in running; there are two types of runners: the associator runner who doesn’t see how music can help you become a better runner and would gladly do without it and the dissociator runner who believe that music affects their running performance. 

They believe that the tempo of the music increases or decreases the speed of your foot movement. In addition, exercise scientists have always said that fatigue in sportspeople is caused when the muscles or the cardiorespiratory system tires out, but recent studies found out that the brain imposes these limitations of tiring on the body to prevent it from overworking.

It also shows that music is a motivational element of the brain to push it past the limitations and increases the runner’s performance. What do you think; is it music from your device or your mind? Well, whatever your thoughts are, there are reasons why you should have one even if your phone is okay.

Why are MP3 Players Best for Running?

  • The MP3 allows you to listen to high-quality music without interruption and the device is exclusively dedicated to music alone.
  • The MP3 is designed for long-time players and as such, they are built with a durable and long battery life that can play a large range of music, unlike your phone that may run out of battery soon into your run.
  •  MP3 devices allow you to carry your playlist in a portable device and it also makes you focus on your running without the interruption of a phone call ruining or breaking your run.

Guides to Buying the Best MP3 Players for Running

When in the market for an MP3, chances are you will find too many choices to choose from – designs, brands, storage space, battery life, cost, ease of use, sound quality, and portability among other guides to buying the best MP3 in the market, however, before buying one, consider the following questions first.

How Much do you Want to Spend on an MP3?

The best MP3 player for running can cost from as little as 30 pounds to over 300 pounds, the cost of the device depends on the use of the player. For true music lovers and dissociate runners, a good MP3 player should not set you back an outrageous price. The features of the player are also a priority such as Bluetooth, connectivity, a display unit, storage, and extra functions will add to the cost of the Mp3 player.

What Should the Best MP3 for Running Involve

It depends a lot on what you want to use the music player for, choose a suitable MP3 player for the purpose that it is needed for. Nowadays, the MP3 comes in portable and easy to use devices that fit well into a person’s exercise routine. A good device should be easy to use and produce good quality sounds regardless of how you use it.

Waterproof Players

Well, if you are running in the great outdoors under any weather condition or even swimming, the waterproof MP3 player is the best device that will allow you to listen to music and still enjoy a quality run or swim. 

The Battery Life

The battery life for each music player device differs, while some can play non-stop for over 50 hours, some run out after just 5 hours of play. However, it is wise to know that MP3 devices that run on hard drives run out faster than the devices that use flash drives.

The Ease of Use

You don’t want an MP3 with too many instructions and upgrades before or during a run. The best  music players for running should allow you to scan through your playlist without stress, delete old songs and input new favourites. A display section and a user-friendly interface make for a good music player.


The days of infrared connection have given way to the use of Bluetooth wireless connectivity.  An MP3 player with Bluetooth functionality allows you to connect with other devices wirelessly to import or export songs. Most Bluetooth music players come with external audio that allows you to listen to music in your car or through a wireless earpiece or headphones. 


There are several music players in the market with good features, but the above is the best that works well with an athlete that is jogging or running. The MP3 players are easy, light, durable, and can store thousands of songs that allow you to beat your limits during every run. 

Always read through the customer reviews as they will provide you with a blunt review of the product without sugar-coating it. A good MP3 player for running should be compatible with other devices and applications with fast download times and longer battery duration to run the distance.

Whatever your exercise routine is; the best MP3 player for running is the best companion that keeps your feet moving every time. An MP3 with extra functions such as Bluetooth, viewing display screens, and the ability to fit into your exercise or running routine will be an added advantage. If you like running and need a new sports bottle please check out this post.

6 thoughts on “THE BEST MP3 PLAYERS FOR RUNNING 2020”

  1. Wonderful post. I feel so glad for finding such a wide variety of MP3 players. So far I’ve been using Philips go gear. It’s been working well for almost over 5 years now. And, I was considering getting another one maybe Sony or Apple! 

    Your analysis is very good, now I’ve so many great options to consider along with all their pros and cons. Definitely, I’ll also share this post to others. Everyone who reads this will find it useful. 

    Thanks a lot for sharing this dedicated list of great MP3s. 

  2. I like to listen to music when working out or running so this is definitely something that interests me. It’s been a little while since I’ve had an MP3 player so this post peaks my interest by way of nostalgia especially. I like that MP3 provides uninterrupted music with a long-lasting battery. You’re totally right that a phone battery doesn’t last long and that can be super annoying. I don’t need a ton of storage so somewhere in the 50 pound range sounds reasonable, though I do like the sound of a waterproof MP3 player. I think the AGPTEK G02 is perfect for my needs and I have bookmarked your page to refer back to, thank you!

    1. Thank you for the comment Pentrental I think you will do well with the Agptek, hope you enjoy it.

  3. This article was the perfect timing for us.  We were looking for a graduation present for a family member.  She lives in a very warm climate, has a swimming pool in her parent’s back yard, and the entire family are outdoor enthusiasts.  

    After reading your description of the Sony NW-ZWS613 with the pros and cons helped us to instantly decide.  It is quite literally the perfect gift!  I had no idea that an MP3 could be taken underwater.  Just out of curiosity, are there other devices that have that type of waterproof capability?

    Thanks again for the great timing.


    1. Hi Mike thanks for your comment. There are a fair few waterproof mp3 players around nowadays, another one worth checking out is the underwater Ipod shuffle.

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