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Music is a great companion when travelling. When listening to good music or watching a video on the mp3 players the entire journey will be a pleasant experience. Mentioned below are some of the things to consider when buying an mp3 player suitable for travelling.

The best mp3 players for travel are lightweight usually weighing less than 2 ounces. The outer casing should be sturdy to withstand any high impacts when travelling. If you are opting for outdoor activities, there are many waterproof mp3 players from brands such as Finis, QQ-Tech, Sony and JLab.

Suitable for travelling the mp3 players have easy to read LED/LCD screens with clear text font with screen sizes starting from 1 inch to upto 4 inches. Some mp3 players from Apple, Samsung are without any displays, very compact, lightweight with less than 1 ounce. With their built-in clip they are ideal when exercising, or on the move.

Rechargeable batteries with longer battery capacity providing atleast 15 - 20 hrs of music is the main point to consider when buying the best travel mp3 players. Around 1GB - 2GB of storage is sufficient for the active person/sports freak who is on the move. The higher capacity from 4 GB - above 32 GB is more ideal for those who want their entire music collection with them when travelling.

To make the journey enjoyable the sound quality can be enhanced by investing in good quality and comfortably designed headphones or ear plugs. The navigation and controlling of the various settings of these mp3 players should be easy with fewer strokes.

Keeping the above points in mind take a look at the listing below for the best mp3 players for travel.

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Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation
Apple iPod Shuffle 4th Gen(2012)
Samsung Galaxy Muse
Sony Walkman NWZ-E(2012)
Cowon X9
Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation 8 GB MP3 Player
Apple Yellow iPod Shuffle 2 GB MP3 Player
Samsung Galaxy Muse 4GB MP3 Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-E475BLK (16 GB) Digital Media Player
Cowon X9 (32 GB) Digital Media Player
Release Date
Oct 2012
Sep 2012
Dec 2012
Aug 2012
Aug 2012
0.74 oz.
0.44 oz.
0.47 oz.
1.8 oz.
0.63 oz.
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Micro SD Card
Storage Capacity
8.0 GB
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
16.0 GB
32.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Family Line
iPod nano
iPod Shuffle
Samsung Galaxy
Number of Songs
Music, Video, Photo Viewing, FM
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing

  • The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.

  • The 2012 iPod nano 7th generation doesn't have the chops to make the same impact as a new iPod touch or iPhone 5. Its screen isn't great in some respects, it's a bit expensive and it doesn't do all that much. However, it's so much of a joy to use on a day-to-day basis that we can learn to accept most of its limitations. Strong design and Apple's excellent UI are enough to mitigate this partly underwhelming redesign.

  • The seventh-generation iPod Nano is a fine product, but we're not entirely sure who it's for. It comes across like a breeding experiment between an iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch. The kid is cute, but we think most people will be better served by its parents.

    For fitness types, the physical controls, simplicity, clip-on design and AU$55 price of the iPod Shuffle make it seem like the better deal.

  • The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes it's too small for its own good.

  • At just £39, with 2GB of storage and coming in a variety of fruity colours - our "orange" was more gold, and better for it - this iPod Shuffle is the best effort to date.

  • The 4th Generation iPad is only a minor improvement over its predecessor but still remains the tablet to beat. An upgraded A6X processor, Apple's new Lightning connector and a better front facing camera are the main differences. All in all this is an iterative upgrade that should only interest those who don't already own a 3rd Generation iPad.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Muse is quite possibly the most awkwardly designed MP3 player ever made.

  • People who are into iPod shuffle-type MP3 players should dig the $50 Samsung Muse. You get a small, light, clip-able device that delivers decent audio, which is all you need. The fact that it can sync music from a smartphone as well as a PC is a nice bonus, though choosing individual tracks can be a challenge. It's the same price as an iPod shuffle yet offers twice as much storage space (4GB vs 2GB), which is also a nice bonus, though 4GB still doesn't get you far. If this is your type of device, scoop it up.

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    I'm digging the pebble. It's designed to be the sort of lightweight MP3 player you might wear to the gym, and as that it performs wonderfully. As a more full-time player, you're obviously missing a display and proper scrubbing. But you knew that going into this. It's a "shuffle"-type device, made even more evident by the fact that I haven't quite figured out how it decides what order to play the songs. I could look at the app again, I suppose, but with a device like this I really don't care that much.

  • The Cowon X9 is the latest portable MP3 and video player from the Korean audio brand. However, in some respects it feels like a step back when compared with older models. Its touchscreen is resistive, its display low-res and it doesn't have the storage to justify the bulky design. Cowon needs to get with the times, or it'll soon be game over.

  • The Cowon X9 is available in three variants - 8GB, priced at Rs. 11,999, 16GB at Rs. 13,200 and 32GB priced at Rs. 15,500. Those prices simply do not justify the devices capabilities. With 7-inch tablets available for much less with features such as HDMI out plus full HD video palyback, the Cowon X9 with it's ridiculously high battery capacity and even it's onboard storage doesn't stand a chance.

Top 5 mp3 player for travel:

  1. Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation 8 GB MP3 Player
  2. Apple Yellow iPod Shuffle 2 GB MP3 Player
  3. Samsung Galaxy Muse 4GB MP3 Player
  4. Sony Walkman NWZ-E475BLK (16 GB) Digital Media Player
  5. Cowon X9 (32 GB) Digital Media Player