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The best USB drives to store music combine capacity and speed with a little design flare. Unlike traditional USB flash drives, the models on our list are designed with cool in mind; after all, your hottest playlists deserve a drive with style to match.
For some more great traditional options, our roundup of the best USB flash drives collects some amazing picks, or read on for the best USB drives to store music in 2020.
While many of the flash drives on the market are designed for USB 2 or USB 3, the SanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive is all about USB-C. And if you have a USB-C drive on your computer, this is a fine choice.
The flash drive has a rugged finish that’s designed to keep your data safe even if you drop it on a hard surface. There’s a feature to eject the USB connector or retract it when it’s not in use to ensure it doesn’t come off, leaving your data inaccessible.
SanDisk’s device comes with 128GB of storage, which should allow it to hold 8,000 songs, and since it supports read speeds up to 150MB per second, you shouldn’t have any trouble accessing tracks on your devices.
In addition to support for USB-C, the SanDisk Ultra works with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0/3.1 ports, so it’s completely compatible with the devices of your choosing.
It’s always nice to save a few bucks. And that’s exactly what you can do with the SanDisk Cruzer CZ36.
The flash drive comes with 64GB of storage, which should accommodate up to 4,000 songs. It has a black plastic finish and a red switch-like mechanism on the side that will allow you to extend the USB connector or retract it. The feature means you can keep your USB connector safe when it’s not in use and makes the flash drive a little bit smaller and therefore easier to pop in your pocket.
The flash drive comes with USB 2.0 support and can protect your files with SanDisk SecureAccess software. It also comes with password protection and 128-bit AES encryption, which collectively, should ensure your privacy.
But easily the best feature in the SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 is its price, which is substantially less than the vast majority of other high-quality drives.
Samsung’s 128GB Bar Plus is all about design. And compared to the vast majority of flash drives on the market, it’s extremely attractive.
The device comes with a champagne silver metal finish that hides the USB connector to keep it safe while you’re not using it. There’s also a loop at the end that lets you connect it to a keyring, lanyard or any other connector, so you can carry it around town without ever needing to drop it in your bag.
On the performance side, you can expect the Samsung 128GB Bar Plus to support up to 8,000 songs. It also comes with a water-, shock-, magnet-, temperature- and X-ray-proof design. And with a five-year warranty, the drive will hold up for the long haul.
According to Samsung, the 128GB Bar offers a read rate up to 150MB per second.
The Patriot Supersonic Boost XT is an ideal choice for anyone who’s hitting the road and wants to ensure the flash drive can hold up wherever it goes.
The device features 128GB of storage, which should allow it to hold 8,000 songs without a problem. It comes with fast 150Mb per second read speeds and is compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, so any machine you throw at it will work just fine. In fact, Patriot was quick to note that it’ll work with Windows, macOS and Linux.
The flash drive comes with a “rubberized housing” that’s meant to keep it safe when you drop it. And even if you have it with you in the rain or in conditions that might not be best for a device that carries your music, it’ll hold up.
It’s not all serious in the flash drive market. So why not consider getting your hands on a cool-looking music note that can double as a storage device for your music?
A company named CHUYI has designed a flash drive that comes with a musical note design. And while it looks nice, it also has a function: The note is made from PVC rubber, which helps to protect the drive inside if you drop it or it suffers a fall.
The drive is compatible with USB 2.0 or older and comes with just 32GB of storage, so it’ll only be able to hold 2,000 songs. But by saving some of the storage, you can also save some bucks: The CHUYI Music Note is one of the cheapest options on the market.
The device is compatible with just about any computer or device you plug it into and for a little added protection, comes with a cover over its plug so it doesn’t get damaged when it’s not in use.