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Shipments of MP3 players to double in 2003

updated 09:45 am EST, Tue December 9, 2003

MP3 player market growing

Noting that Apple's iPod and iTunes Music Store has energized the music industry, today announced that it forecasts that U.S. shipments of MP3 players will almost double in 2003 to over 3.5 million, and will continue to grow almost 50% per year for the next three years: "Demand for MP3 players with hard drives will outstrip demand for those with flash memory starting in 2004. By 2006, the installed base of MP3 players will top 26 million, establishing a critical mass of users that will help spur digital music sales." Based on a new forecast and an October 2003 consumer survey, it says that nearly 60% of consumers in the market to buy a music player will be shopping online for the holidays.




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    ? typo ?

    2003? Are we not at the end of 2003 now? Surely I think the article is referring to 2004, correct?

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    RIPE

    this track is just RIPE to be a 10-15 minute live jam.

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    Nobody buys iPods

    Why would anybody own an iPod? There's no Bluetooth so I can't use my $300 wireless headphones that sound like the musicians are being electrocuted in a toilet. And there's no built-in telephone. EVERYBODY wants their phone to be an MP3 player that holds 22 minutes of music. And there's no 8 million color screen to watch Matrix trailers. Yup, a total failure of a device.

    --sarcasm off--

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    iPods will rule the world

    ...one day. Notice the name iPod contains no reference to music? That because one day they will become the all powerful. Ever watch star trek? Ever see them running the whole ship off of a little hand held device? Its a future iPod!!!!

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