Shipments of MP3 players should hit 3.5 million in 2003, almost double 2002 figures, Jupiter said in a report issued Tuesday. It also said that there will be more than 26 million MP3 players in use by 2006. Starting in 2004, the demand for players with hard drives will surpass that of players with flash memory.”
CNET: Sales of portable music rocking steady
“The demand for MP3 players in the United States is poised to grow at a steady rate of 50 percent a year through 2006, signaling better times for the digital music market, claims Jupiter Research.