46.8 mln digital music players were sold in 2004, 132 mln will sell by 2009

Shipments of MP3 players are expected to rise by nearly a factor of four from 2004 to 2009, according to iSuppli. Total MP3 player shipments will expand to 132 mln units in 2009, rising at CAGR of 29.

Shipments of MP3 players are expected to rise by nearly a factor of four from 2004 to 2009, according to iSuppli. Total MP3 player shipments will expand to 132 mln units in 2009, rising at CAGR of 29.1% from 36.8 mln in 2004. HDD-based MP3 player shipments will grow at a CAGR of 41.8% from 2004 to 2009. Shipments will rise to 56.2 mln units in 2009, up from 9.8 mln in 2004. By 2009, iSuppli expects HDD-based products to account for nearly half of all MP3 shipments at 42.6%, up from 26.6% in 2004.