Best MP3 player for travelling?

Travel Forums General Talk Best MP3 player for travelling?

1. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just wondering what is the best MP3 player for travelling with?

I was thinking of getting an iriver 20gb hard drive player but not sure whether I will be able to charge up the battery as I will be staying mostly in hostels?

Does anyone know whether these MP3 players take normal AA batteries aswell as the rechargable?

I think it is worth getting an mp3 player for the long journeys on planes, trains and buses etc. just not sure on what to get, any help would be appreciated greatly.

Cheers in advance


2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi matt_25

Welcome to TP ...

There's been a lot of previous MP3 discussion. Check out the "Travel Photography" first.


3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Matt-i am in the same situation as you, i used to have a minidisc-before breaking it (give me one year with something and i end up breaking it!)

I was also thinking about the battery life-my flight is 23 hours and the most battery life i have seen is 22-this is really pushing it.

So aside from all that rambling-i am going to get a 1-2GB MP3 that takes AAA battery-as i was reminded that you can buy a recharger and buy the rechargable batteries-when using it back in the UK. so i am going to go stocked up with AAA batteries for my travels-it's not exactly going to take up much room is it!

Hope this helps and you can actually understand what i am trying to get out, lol!!

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've posted a review about the Sony NWHD3 MP3 player in the Music thread (think under General Talk forum.) Basically, its smaller than the i-pod (still 20GB though), has a 30 hour battery life and great sound quality. Costs £200 from Amazon, but check out and you might find it cheaper.

I've just brought one for my travels and it's a great bit of kit.

5. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I have an Iriver 20GB that I use, it doesn't take regular batteries (there isn't a regular battery to speak of it's all internal), but charging it isn't a problem at all. You basically just carry the charger around with you and plug it in - the same way you would charge a mobile phone. Of course be sure that the electrical sockets fit your charger first - i.e. if you're American and going to Europe then you'd need an adapter, but they only cost like $1 and you can buy them lots of places.

As for the actual mp3 player itself, I absolutely love my iriver, it doesn't look quite as pretty as an Ipod but I find it perfect for my needs. Also it has a tuner built in which is interesting if you like listening to foreign radio - some of which is pretty bizarre actually!

6. Posted by marcuswals (Budding Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

from my travel photography post (GET AN IRIVER, THEY ARE THE BOMB)

Thanks for all your sugegstions.

I ended up going with a I-river h300 series 20g multi codec jukebox. very small, about the size of the old walkman cassete and fits nicely in my pocket. Has radio, direct upload and veiwing of photos from my camera (just a cord - no computer interface)(the photos are pretty clear too and upload to orignal size when you plug into USB socket in a computer), charges through a computer (usb 2.0 and 1.1), veiw text documents, mp3 and playlists etc, voice recording, and even movie player (you can dowload software tha allows you to put movies on the player and listen to them), battery pack extender, and I can skip thorugh music from a controller on the cord, record music from the radio or a CD player by simply putting a cord in the mirophone plug. All in all I'm very impressed. Bloody anoying that you can't do a few things at once though (e.g. listen to music and look at pictures)and takes awhile to get used to the controllers (not the most intuative but once you get your head around it it is easy to use).
Anyway, hope this run-down helps.
Cheers Marcus

7. Posted by marcuswals (Budding Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

the battery pack extender (which comes standard) allows you to use normal AA batteris and listen for up to 50 hours (or so they say). Otherwise the internatl rechangagable lasts for around 16 hours.

If you find something better than this, please let me know (maybe I should ask Iriver for a commision.....)