The 7 Best Hard Drive MP3 Players to Buy in 2017

Take your music with you without draining your smartphone battery

Nothing quite beats MP3 players with hard drives when it comes to being able to digitally carry around your music collection. Ranging upwards of 60GB of hard drive space, this translates into the ability to carry up to 15,000 songs or more with you on your journeys. Many hard drive players also let you carry your digital photo collection with you so that you can display it to your friends as musical slideshows. For ideas on some of the best hard drive MP3 players out, check out the list below.

The G.G. Martinsen is the most affordable high quality MP3 player on the list. Though it looks similar to Apple’s 6th Generation iPod Nano, it doesn’t suffer any quality loss for being a different brand.

Holding up to 16GB of memory, the G.G. Martinsen is a slim 4.2 x 2.1 x 1.8-inch MP3 player with a 1.78-inch LCD screen and weighs just 2.4 ounces. Besides being able to listen to MP3s and MP4s, it can read documents, browse pictures and play videos. It also has an impressive USB 2.0 transfer speed that can read 1000k bytes and write 800k bytes, making it optimal for quick music loading.

Amazon users praise the product for its good sound quality and affordable price. Colors come in blue, green, orange, pink, red, silver and black.

The FecPecu comes with 8GB already, but can be expanded up to 64GB with a MicroSD card, allowing for about 20,000 songs on its hard drive memory. It’s also one of the only MP3 players on the list that claims to have the strongest battery life, boasting up to 80 hours of playback on a four-hour charge.

The FecPecu Portable is a 1.57 x 3.54 x .39-inch hard drive MP3 player that weighs only 1.13 ounces. It’s able to support high quality music files like FLAC, alongside AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, APE, ACLEP and WMA formats. Adding music is just as simple as dragging and dropping the files from your computer onto the MP3’s hard drive root.

Users who own the product praise the FecPecu as one of the best MP3 players on the market. Its expandable memory and readability of files is noted as one of its best features. Colors come in black, blue, and red.

Want one of the tiniest and most portable MP3 players on the market? AGPtEk has you covered with its G02 MP3 Player. It measures only .63 x 1.42 x 1.97 inches, weighs .49 ounces and includes a clip you can stick with you just about anywhere. Though slightly wider than an Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB, the G02 makes up for it with its 8GB memory storage and strong frame.

The G02 MP3 player has no display screen, but features small intuitive buttons that conform to your thumb. It’s compatible with your car via an auxiliary port and features a built in rechargeable battery with up to nine hours of playback.

Amazon reviewers love the MP3 player for its user-friendly simple control buttons, song shuffling and large memory for its size. More critical reviewers mention its compatibility issues with Mac computers, reliability and low battery life.

The 1.4-ounce Diver DB-10 is a 4GB waterproof MP3 player and includes waterproof headphones. It can stay under water for more than 24 hours without sustaining any damage and measures 2.6 x 0.6 x 1.6 inches. The device is both compatible with Mac and Windows operating systems, and allows for an easy drag and drop file upload.

Amazon users love the Diver DB-10's high quality sound delivery under water and its clip for ease of use with swimming. More critical reviewers mention the headphones could be better, and that they occasionally slip out when swimming. Comes in blue and pink, as well as with a 12-month warranty.

Weighing just .67 ounces and featuring a great clip-on design, AGPtEk’s R2 8GB Clip MP3 Player is one of the best items on the list for the active music listener. It’s built to handle the jostles and movement that accompany exercise.

The AGPtEk R2 features a .8-inch LCD screen that is visible during the daylight. It measures 4.6 x 3 x 2 inches and sports an easy navigation with six buttons; it's encompassed in a soft shell material that is resistant to dirt and sweat. The device has a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 20 hours of playback on a full charge.

Many Amazon users who have bought the R2 love it for its ease of folder creation, playlists, song categorization and strong durable casing. More critical reviewers mentioned its trouble reading microSD cards and button controls. 

One of the best MP3 players on the list with a full color screen to watch videos is Lecmal’s Economic Multifunction MP3 Player. It features the largest screen out of any of the MP3 players on the list, which provides a bright and crystal clear visual output that allows for six hours of playtime.

The compact budget entry hard drive MP3 player includes 16GB of memory and is compatible with MP3, APE, FLAC, AMV, JPG, TXT file formats. It measures 1.3 x 1 x 0.6 inches and includes a design modeled after the Apple iPod. The device allows for an easy file upload with its drag and drop functionality from your PC. Different models include a 32GB version, so you can hold more video files.

Users who have bought the product love it for its lightweight, ease of use and built-in radio features. Colors come in black, blue, green, pink, and silver.

The AGPtEk M20S Mini weighs three pounds, so it's the heaviest hard drive MP3 player on the list, but for good reason. The device’s body measures 3 x .3 x 1.2 inches and it's encased in a metal body, making it sturdy enough for small impacts.

Besides its strong build, it features lossless sound quality, allowing for high quality and crystal clear sound with one of its many supported audio file types (MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, FLAC, WAV, AAC-LC, and ACELP.) The device has six touch buttons, plus with five metal buttons for a full feeling and ease of navigation. It holds 8GB of hard drive memory storage and allows up to 14 hours of audio playback on a two-hour charge. Though its memory can be expanded up to 64 GB, it relies on compatibility with one of its dedicated AGPTek Memory Cards.

Users on Amazon love its durable metal frame and ergonomic metal controls. More critical reviewers mentioned its dysfunctional and unpredictable touch screen functionality, lack of full color HD screen, and lack of playlist creation.