To go along with our list of the top 10 best waterproof headphones we, of course, have to do a list of the best waterproof MP3 players. After all, you won't get much mileage when swimming if your headphones are waterproof but your music player is not.
As I mentioned in the previous article, using waterproof headphones has absolutely transformed the way I swim. In training for an Ironman, I saw time in the pool as a couple of house of boredom that had to be tolerated. A means to an end. Now, I actually enjoy getting in the pool and have found that I mostly pass the time listening to audio-books and podcasts while I bust out the laps. Over the past few years, I have had a lot of waterproof MP3 players sent to me, some were great and some have been terrible. Here's my pick of the best.
So if you go and look at our list of the best waterproof headphones you will notice there are a few all in one solutions (similar to this style from Pyle) where the mp3 player is built into the earphones. In this list, I just want to cover the external MP3 players only, ones that are separate from the headphones and can be used independently. This style is my favourite and the most versatile as it can be used in and out the pool. They are not just great for swimming, they are also perfect for running in the rain, hiking, kayaking etc. Basically, any of these music players are perfect for use where water is involved.
Why not just use your phone for swimming?
This has been asked a lot lately and it is definitely due to more and more phones coming with some sort of waterproof rating like IPX68 etc. Whilst that is a very good thing for consumers it does not mean that your phone is designed to be used under water. Think of it more of a protection for short submersion. I know most of you reading are serious about your swimming but you would be surprised how many times I have had someone contact me for recommendations for a dedicated waterproof MP3 player because their phone broke from swimming with it.
How to care for your Waterproof MP3 Player!
All the models I listed below are pretty robust and will take care of themselves but there is one thing you should do that I cant stress highly enough. When you finish swimming take your MP3 player and rinse it thoroughly with clean fresh water. This is especially important if you do a lot of open water swimming in the sea or in chlorine filtered pools. Over time salt from the sea or chlorine from the pool can cause all sorts of problems. A quick rinse after every swim will add years to your devices life.
Can you recommend me the best waterproof headphones to use with my MP3 player?
Sure we can but we wanted to cover waterproof headphones in a second article. This list is updated more often as new headphones and earbuds come on the market. I have linked below the headphone specific article and have double checked that all of the headphones are compatible with the MP3 player on this list.
List of the best waterproof MP3 players in 2019:
1. Waterproof Ipod Shuffle (Audioflood / Underwater Audio / Waterfi)
There are now a few companies that will make and sell you a waterproof iPod Shuffle. Our pick of the bunch is Audioflood but we have great things about the service from UnderwaterAudio and Weterfi as well).
What these companies do is essentially take the iPod shuffle we all know and love and coat it so that the internals are protected when you take it swimming.
dYes, it costs a lot more than a standard Shuffle but we think its combination of size and functionality are really hard to beat.
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2. Syryn 8GB Waterproof MP3 Player
The Syryn is one of the most popular waterproof MP3 players on the market. Unlike the Ipod it has been designed from the ground up to be used in a pool or open water.
Its controls sit horizontal meaning it clips easily to your goggles and the buttons are all big and rubberised meaning you can play, pause and skip tracks without too much fumbling around.
Look out for deals as well because you can also find the SYRYN bundled together with the excellent Swimbuds earphones. Of course the goggles wont be of use to any real swimmers but for the headphones and player combined it makes and excellent deal that costs just a fraction of the iPod Shuffle.
Syrn have an updated all in one kit that you can see here and it is one of the most complete in 2019. The good thing is the Player and headphones cost the same as the package anyway so you are essentially getting all the extras shown for free.
3. AGPtek S05
Another IPX8 player on the list is the S05 this one is designed as a general purpose sports MP3 and is more than capable of being submerged up to 3 meters for extended periods of time.
This one doesn't have a clip so you will have to thread you goggle strap through openings but this also means it can be attached to the included armband if you want to take it running.
Another bonus of the AGPtek is that it has some of the longest battery life we tested at around 16-17 hours. I know you won't be swimming for that long but its nice not to constantly have to charge yet another device every couple of days.
4. AGPTEK S12
The AGPTEk S12 is another option from the same company in the number 3 spot. It shares a lot in common with the S05 MP3 player but has a different button design as well as a different clip mechanism. The S05 has a crocodile clip to attach the audio player to your swim cap, suit or goggles whereas the S05 was just threaded through your googles.
I have been testing this player out for the past few weeks and it has really impressed. No drop outs or any funny glitches to note and the 8gb storage is quite generous. For me as someone who has a few different goggles its nice to be able to switch my MP3 player out easier as you can with this one.
As an added bonus the S12 comes with a really good set of waterproof earphones that will be great for getting to know if listening to music whilst swimming is something that you want to take further.
Why do we only list 4 Waterproof MP3 players?
Ohhh you expected us to make an long article listing every single waterproof MP3 player on the market? Not a chance.
I'll let you into a secret. Most of the tech sites that do lists like this will never have even seen or touched these players let alone be swimmers themselves. It's purely about getting ad revenue. While our site does make a small amount from affiliate links I am not going to spam you with products that I know don't work. I run this site as a hobby and not as my job and the monetary incentive isn't why I have a website.
I have been swimming in the pool and open water for years and have had plenty of experience actually using the music players listed above. I will admit happily, that as actual day to day MP3 players these all suck, your phone will easily surpass them in performance.
However, for sports and especially for swimmers these are the best 4 music players to use in a pool or open water I have found by some margin.
I get sent a lot of products like this, people that want to have their products included on this list, and they are mainly junk that either works for a while and then has either died after a few sessions in the pool or they have formed some issue with the sound connection and cutouts. I wont even get into the poor file support and terrible interfaces.
Trust me when I say there are far more bad waterproof players than good on the market right now.
So that's it, stick with these 4 players and you should be all good.
Of course, I will keep checking out new models as they become available and will add them to the list if I think genuinely offer something positive.
For now, these are the best waterproof music players so you can buy so save yourself time / hassle and either go with one of them or choose one of the integrated models from our waterproof headphone list i linked to at the start of this article. Now go get the laps in, its time to train!