Portable Electronic Device Shipments Grow8 Dec, 2009 By: John Latchem
Portable electronic device shipments will have jumped more than 10% in 2009 compared to 2008, according to market research firm In-Stat.
The category, which includes digital radio receivers, e-readers, edutainment toys, handheld video game players, MP3 players, portable media players (PMPs) and personal navigation devices (PNDs), will expand to more than 400 million units by the end of 2009, approaching 600 million by 2013. In-Stat reports segments such as handheld game consoles and MP3 players have peaked, while shipments of e-readers, such as Amazon.com’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, are showing significant growth. Worldwide e-reader shipments are expected to grow from 1 million units in 2008 to nearly 30 million in 2013.
Also, MP3 players may be on the decline because consumers are switching to video-capable PMPs. Total worldwide shipments of PMP and MP3 players will reach 225 million in 2009, with the Asian-Pacific representing the largest geographic market.
Worldwide unit shipments of PNDs (GPS devices), will reach approximately 56 million units in 2012.