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Top 5 Best MP3 Players for Audiobooks

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Nov. 23, 2016

Listening to audiobooks is a great way to pass time whether you're cooking at home, going on a vacation or out for a long drive. And clearly, it's an important decision to make when choosing the right device for easy listening. For many audiobook lovers, MP3 player might be the best choice for listening to audiobooks because they are small, portable and easy to use. In this article, we'll provide you with tips and reviews based on the battery life, sizes, capacity storage and other aspects of the top 5 best MP3 players for audiobooks on the market.

Check out our selection of MP3 players and you'll be sure to find the one that matches your unique needs and style.

Part 1 Things to Consider Before Buying an Audiobook Player

Check out the necessary factors to consider while choosing the best MP3 player to listen to audiobooks.

1. Storage Space

It's an important factor to consider if you have numerous audiobook files stored on the MP3 player for playback. Most people don't need that much storage but for those who prefer to listen to lossless or uncompressed WAV files, storage capacity is especially essential. I suggest that you can convert the huge size audiobook file to MP3 so as to save more space. And it's better to make sure that your audiobook player has 4GB to 8GB capacity to store the audiobook files.

2. Battery Life

You need to check the battery life of the MP3 player before buying it. It can make sure that you won't be interrupted by the sudden power off of the audiobook player when you're in the middle of good scene of the audiobook.

3. Quality for Playback Audiobooks

A great playback quality will prevent you from experiencing discomfort while listening to your favorite audiobook. So do remember to try a sample audiobook to test the sound quality before buying the MP3 player.

4. Supported Audio Formats

Before you purchase an MP3 player, you should confirm what kind of audiobook formats it is compatible with. Most of the MP3 players supports common audio formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, etc., but for some specific audiobooks files like DRM-protected AA, AAX, AA+ and M4B audiobooks from iTunes Store, you need to use some DRM removal software like Apple Music Converter to convert AA/AAX to MP3 before putting them on the MP3 players.

Part 2 Top 5 MP3 Players for Audiobook Listening Comparison

Top PickPlayer Storage(GB)Battery Life(Hours)Screen Size (Inches)
1Apple iPod touchUp to 128GB404
2Samsung Galaxy PlayerUp to 32 GB605
3Apple iPod nanoUp to 16GB302.5
4Sandisk SansaUp to 32GB15
5Creative Zen Media PlayerUp to 32 GB25
1. Apple iPod touch

The iPod touch is maybe the most popular MP3 player in the world today. Apart from being an MP3 player, the iPod touch is also a web browsing device, a communications tool, a portable game system and a video player. It supports a plenty of audio formats including AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. The sound quality of iPod touch is loud and crystal clear, more than enough for a top-notch listening experience.

Apple iPod touch

2. Samsung Galaxy Player

Samsung Galaxy Player is an Android-powered portable media player that features incredible functionalities including FM radio, microSD card slot, SoundAlive, DivX support, GPS and large screen. It is regarded as "Android's iPod touch" that great for music, audiobooks, movies, games and web-browsing. When using this Samsung Galaxy Player, you can get access to the Google Play Store to download a variety of audiobook apps.

3. Apple iPod nano

Apple iPod nano is a portable digital music player that works well with audiobooks. It is very thin, compact and lightweight. You can just place it at anywhere with you and you wouldn't even notice it was there if not for the great music coming out from the earplugs. Besides, the Apple click wheel makes it easy to navigate. With its shuffle feature, you can play music or audiobooks in random order.

4. Sandisk Sansa

The Sandisk Sansa is smaller than many music players, making it more portable and easier to put into your pocket so that you can listen while doing chores or working out. The sound quality is exceptionally fantastic. Its storage capacity is plenty for audiobook listeners, and the streamlined controls make it easy to use even for people with limited electronics experience. It is a perfect MP3 player for the audiobook enthusiast.

 Sandisk Sansa

5. Creative Zen Media Player

The Creative Zen Media Player is easy to carry because it weighs only 2.1 ounces. And it features a long battery life, you can listen to your audio books continuously for up to 25 hours. It has an SD slot to expand to capacity storage so you can load up as much as your favorite books with ease. It also has features that are specifically useful for book listeners, like a bookmark function that helps you keep track of where you left off when you’re done for the day.

Creative Zen Media Player

So, which one do you think is the best device to listen to audiobooks? Just pick up the one you like most and enjoy your favorite audiobook with it! If you have your personal favorite yet it wasn't included in the list, don't hesitate to let us know in the comment below.


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