Research: MP3 Players to Double by 20102 May, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Falling prices, the availability of subscription and pay-per-download online music sites, increased Flash-memory capacity, and enhanced functionality, will help MP3 portable music players top 286 million units by 2010, according to research firm In-Stat. There were about 140 million MP3 players worldwide in 2005.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based In-Stat said Apple Computer's ubiquitous iPod music player continues to dominate MP3 business with 49% market share, while sales of Flash-based players as low as $25 in Asia were particularly strong in 2005.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)-based MP3 players, which can accommodate audio, video and imaging playback, are expected to evolve exponentially.
“Apple continues to dominate the market for MP3 players, particularly in the US,” says Stephanie Guza, In-Stat analyst. “Apple competitors continue to face significant challenges, such as a constrained Flash-memory supply, device and software integration, and the ‘cool factor' associated with Apple's iPod line of products.”