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 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.

The RHDT Shop player is kind of the perfect no-frills MP3 player on the list. It isn’t the absolute cheapest model out there, but it is the cheapest with at least four stars of Amazon reviews, so that’s okay in our book. Before you even use it for MP3 playback, though, the thing offers a really cool plug-and-play function that lets you use it for file storage or even as a MicroSD card reader. That SD slot also lets you expand the internal memory from 16GB to an additional 32GB, so you’ll have plenty of space for said file storage. There’s a 1.7-inch LCD screen for AMV video playback, and it’ll run all of your standard music files from MP3 to FLAC. There’s an FM radio built-in, .txt-file eBook support and even a variety of color options to fit your style.

In the world of compact MP3 players, it’s hard to compete in terms of looks because Apple has such a monopoly on gorgeous designs, particularly with their (now discontinued) iPod Nanos. But one look at this little Eleston beauty (and its glowing Amazon reviews), and you’ll see why we chose it for best design. The sleek, chrome-and-black construction is tiny and beautiful, with a small clip keychain loop on the top for easy portability.

It supports a variety of music formats from MP3s to Wave files, and it has 8GB of internal storage. You can expand it up to 128GB via the MicroSD slot, which is great because this thing lets you load up photos and videos, too. There’s an onboard mic for voice memos, an FM radio built right in, and there’s even a pedometer to count your steps. The construction of the unit is impressive, too, with a unique zinc alloy finishing technique that makes it rugged and shockproof. Finally, after two hours of charging, the internal battery will be fully juiced, and it’ll provide you with 65 hours of continuous playback.

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. 

When building a portable MP3 player, most manufacturers typically decide to create a slim, portrait-oriented device. But there’s one drawback there: the screens are usually not designed for viewing beautiful, cinema-quality video. That’s where this ACEE device comes in. It gives you an ultra slim 16GB MP3 player (your pocket will thank you), but it maintains a widescreen orientation. That screen looks pretty crisp and beautiful, and it supports MP4 or AMV video playback on top of the usual sound file suspects (including FLAC). In addition to that, it can do voice memos, photo viewing and it’s even compatible with eBooks.

There are 7 on-device EQ settings for whatever application you’re going for, from rock vibes to smooth jazz. The set comes with a USB charging cable and headphones, and the player body is a mere 3.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches (and weighs just 2.9 ounces).

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