"Despite the fact that PMP shipments are finally gaining traction, suppliers and manufacturers continue to face challenges," says Stephanie Ethier, In-Stat analyst. "PMPs will continue to compete with other portable devices offering similar functionality, such as notebook computers, portable DVD players, handheld gaming products, and other mobile devices."
Recent research by In-Stat found the following:
-- The video-enabled iPod has spurred a slew of video-capable portable MP3 players from competitors such as SanDisk, Creative, and Samsung. These products are not classified as "true" PMPs, but they have helped establish the market for portable video.
-- In a US-based survey of consumers, 75% of all respondents (n = 1,099) have some level of familiarity with PMPs.
-- Over the next year, In-Stat expects that improvements in video compression technology, download video content sites, and wireless communications will help drive the PMP market.
The research, "Portable Media Players: Shipment Growth to Gain Traction in 2006" (#IN0603157ID), covers the market for PMP devices. It also takes an in-depth look at existing video content sites, PMP manufacturers, and component suppliers. It includes the results of a US consumer survey about the use of, and knowledge of, PMP devices; and it provides five-year forecasts for worldwide PMP shipments and revenues, as well as average sales prices.