The 6 Best MP3 and Music Players for Exercisers of 2021

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Our Top Picks
Best Overall:
Apple iPhone X at Amazon
"There's a lot more you can do with an iPhone than with an average MP3 player."
"Has a capacity of 128GB."
Best with Video Capability:
Sony 8GB Walkman MP3 Player at Amazon
"Transfer all your music and playlists easily from your iTunes app."
"Has a built-in clip that you can use to attach it to your shorts."
"Its small size makes it ideal for exercise."
Best Storage Capacity:
Tomameri MP4/MP3 Player at Walmart
"Small enough to fit in your pocket."

Best Overall: Apple iPhone X, 256GB

As smartphones go, the iPhone is a great choice for a variety of reasons, but it's also great for exercisers. Yes, it's bigger than your average MP3 player, but there are plenty of reasons to use it for your workouts.

First, there's tons of space (depending on which version you choose) for everything from music and audiobooks to video. You can listen to your own music or you can stream from a variety of apps like Spotify or Pandora.

Second, there's a lot more you can do with an iPhone than with an average MP3 player. You can use apps to guide your workouts like Aaptiv, Motion Traxx, or Runkeeper to make your workouts more fun and varied. It's expensive, starting at, but don't forget it's a phone as well so you're getting a lot for your money.

Best Battery Life: AGPTEK 8GB MP3 Player

The AGPTEK Lossless MP3 player offers the basics of what you need for entertainment during your workout. After a three or four hour charge, the MP3 player can play 70 hours worth of music before it needs another charge. It does have a few interesting extras, like shuffle mode, stereo sound, FM radio, and a voice recorder. You can also hook this up to an auxiliary cord in your car for out-loud listening. The MP3 player has a spot for an SD card, too, with a capacity of 128GB.

Best with Video Capability: Sony 8GB Walkman MP3 Player

Streamlined for portability, the Sony Walkman is small, about 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. With 8 GB, you can store hours of music, video and even photos and the screen is bright so you'll have no trouble navigating.

You can transfer all your music and playlists easily from your iTunes app and it's playlist compatible so you can create your own playlists and find them in your music playback menu.

The battery gives you up to 35 hours of music or up to 4 hours of video playback per charge and it also includes a built-in clock with an alarm and sleep timer functions. 

Best with Clip: SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player

This is a favorite for exercisers because it's small and lightweight and, even better, it has a built-in clip that you can use to attach it to your shorts.

With 8 GB of storage, you can carry up to 2000 songs or audiobooks and it has a built-in microSD card slot so you can add even more music. It has an FM radio tuner included and, unlike the shuffle, it does have a screen.

The battery lasts up to 18 hours and headphones are included. The only drawback is that it doesn't have bluetooth, but for what it does, it's a great price.

Best with Case: AGPTEK 8GB MP3 Player


The AGPTEK is another great choice for people who want to listen to something while they exercise and it has a lot of great features. First, it has bluetooth so you can plan your music through bluetooth speakers or headphones. Second, its small size makes it ideal for exercise. It's lightweight and has a clip and it also comes with a sweatproof silicone case.

More features include stereo sound, FM radio tuner, shuffle capabilities and folder view. You can have up to 2000 songs and there is a Micro SD slot available if you want to add more. You'll get up to 30 hours of playback time, about 8 if you're using bluetooth.

Best Storage Capacity: Tomameri MP4/MP3 Player

With the Apple Nano discontinued, the Tomameri fills that gap with a 32 GB micro SD card that holds tons of music. You can also expand that by getting an SD card with a larger capacity. To use it, you can just cut and paste your music right from your computer, slip on your headphones and go. It also supports viewing photos, it's a video voice recorder and it's small enough to fit in your pocket. This one doesn't come with headphones, so you'll want to get those separately.

What to Look for in MP3 and Music Players for Exercise

Size: When it comes to music players, typically the smaller and lighter, the less distracting they’ll be while you work out. However, sometimes you have to go bigger if you want more features and functionality beyond the ability to play music. How a music player is worn will also play a factor in the size you want. Some clip to your clothing, some require a sleeve or pocket, and some are worn as earphones.

Battery life: Take a good look at the battery life of the player because you want something that lasts through extensive workouts and you don't want to have to recharge it constantly. Some last for about 30 hours, while others can play music for 80-plus hours. Of course, if it’s a multi-use device, it will also depend on how else you use it. 

Sound quality: How much of a music aficionado you are should determine the quality of the music player you want. While some people may be fine with basic versions, if you want to hear every note loud, crisp, and clear, you may have to invest in a higher-end model. Also note that some music players come with earphones while others will require that you supply your own, which can also affect sound quality.

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