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   Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations.....I-1  
   Disclaimers.....I-2
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level.....I-2
  
   Quantitative Techniques & Analytics.....I-3
Product Definitions and Scope of Study.....I-3
Flash MP3 Players.....I-3
Hard Disc Drive (HDD) MP3 Players.....I-3
  
   Analysis by Region.....II-1
Asia-Pacific: Poised to Witness Bright Growth.....II-1
Table 1: Global Market for MP3 Players (2000-2010): Geographic Regions Ranked by CAGR – Asia-Pacific (Excl. Japan), US, Europe, and Japan (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-1
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   Analysis by Product Segment.....II-2
Table 2: Global Market for Flash MP3 Players (2000-2010): Geographic Regions Ranked by CAGR – Asia-Pacific (Excl. Japan), US, Europe, and Japan (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-2

Table 3: Global Market for HDD MP3 Players (2000-2010): Geographic Regions Ranked by CAGR – US, Europe, Asia-Pacific (Excl. Japan), and Japan (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-2
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   A Sketch of Present Industry Scenario.....II-3
Aggressive Surge in Demand for Flash MP3 Players.....II-3
Issues and Trends.....II-3
1$100
   Global MP3 Players Market: Key Growth Determinants in the Order of Ranking.....II-4
Rise in Penetration of MP3 Players Among Households.....II-4
1$100
   Table 4: Global MP3 Players Market by Online Population (2005): Percentage Breakdown of Purchase Intentions of New Purchasers and Present Owners in Major Markets (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-5
Appetite for Convenience and Cost Drives Market Growth.....II-5
Low-Cost MP3 Players Gaining Prominence.....II-5
1$300
   Online Music Boosts MP3 Players Sales.....II-6
Piracy Via Internet Knocks Music Sales.....II-6
MP3 Players Tunes the Digital Music Market.....II-6
1$100
   Devices with Built-in MP3 Players – Not a Galloping Threat.....II-7
Trade Fairs & Expos Form the Showcase of Novelties.....II-7
1$100
   From the Humble Beginnings.....II-8
iPod – A Breakthrough in the MP3 Players Market.....II-8
1$100
   Emerging Players in the Emerging Market.....II-9
Table 5: Global MP3 Players Market (2004 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Volume Sales - Apple, ReignCom, Creative, Samsung, Cowon and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-9
1$300
   Table 6: Global Flash MP3 Players Market (2004 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Volume Sales -- ReignCom, Samsung, RCA, Creative and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-10

Table 7: Global HDD MP3 Players Market (2004 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Volume Sales -- Apple, Creative, Archos, ReignCom, RCA, Rio and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-10
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   Stifling Competition Breeds Novelties.....II-11
Key Releases in the MP3 Players Market – 2005.....II-11
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   Key Releases in the MP3 Players Market – 2004.....II-142$200
   Key Releases in the MP3 Players Market – 2003.....II-161$100
   Key Releases in the MP3 Players Market – 2002.....II-17
Key Releases in the MP3 Players Market – 2001.....II-17
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   Key Releases in the MP3 Players Market – 2000.....II-18
1$100
   An Overview of Information Appliances.....II-19
What is MP3?.....II-19
MP3 Compression Technology.....II-19
1$100
   Quality of an MP3 File.....II-20
Coding Schemes/Standards for Digital Audio.....II-20
Compressed Audio Players.....II-20
Categorization of Compressed Audio Players.....II-20
1$100
   MP3 Player – A Breakthrough in the Digital World.....II-211$100
   MP3 File in an MP3 Player.....II-22
Skeletal Layout of a Typical MP3 Player.....II-22
Power Supply.....II-22
Data Port.....II-22
1$100
   File Transfer Rate by Mode of Connection Between a Standard MP3 Player and a Personal
  Computer.....II-23
Memory.....II-23
Playback Controls.....II-23
Microprocessor.....II-23
Display.....II-23
Digital Signal Processor (DSP).....II-23
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   Amplifier.....II-24
Audio Port.....II-24
Operating Levels of an MP3 Player.....II-24
Taxonomy of MP3 Players.....II-24
Hard Disc Drive (HDD) MP3 Players.....II-24
Flash MP3 Players.....II-24
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   Features of MP3 Players.....II-251$100
   MP3 Players by Storage Capacities.....II-26
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   Technology Reaching Incredible Heights.....II-27
Digital Music World Keen on Advanced Technologies.....II-27
Memory – The Key Determining Factor.....II-27
Memory Categorization for MP3 Players.....II-27
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Memory.....II-27
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   Flash Memory.....II-28
Decisive Battle between Flash and HDD Memories.....II-28
Flash and HDD: Who Wields the Leadership Scepter?.....II-28
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   Emerging Technologies Muscle Growth.....II-29
Voguish and Whimsical Designs Are In.....II-29
MP3 Phones – Advancement in the Field of Handsets.....II-29
Key Technology Vendors.....II-29
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   Table 8: Global Market for Hard Disk Drives by Leading Manufacturers (2005): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Seagate Technology, Western Digital, Hitachi GST, Maxtor, Toshiba, Samsung Electronics, Fujitsu and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-30

Table 9: Global Market for NAND Flash Memory by Leading Manufacturers (2005): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Samsung, Toshiba/SanDisk, Hynix/STM, Renesas, Infineon and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-30
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   Table 10: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Production Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2004 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-31

Table 11: World 7-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Production for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2006, 2008 & 2010.....II-31
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   Asia-Pacific – The Key Production Hub.....II-32
Table 12: Global MP3 Players Market (2004): Percentage Share of Volume Production for Taiwan, Mainland China, South Korea and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-32
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   Falling Unit Prices Thwarts Overall Value Sales.....II-33
Consumer is the Ultimate Judge.....II-33
Strong Sales Across Retail Channels.....II-33
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   South Korea – The Key Exporting Hub.....II-35
Table 13: South Korean Exports of MP3 Players (2003 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Value Shipments for Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-35
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   Table 14: Korean MP3 Players Market (2003): Exports in US$ Thousands for Hong Kong, The US, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, China, France, Taiwan, England and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-36

Table 15: Korean MP3 Players Market (2003): Imports in US$ Thousands from Hong Kong, China, The US, Taiwan, Japan and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-36
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   Aigo Presents Omnisphere.....II-37
iPod Features Email Service.....II-37
Sandisk Brings in Fully Loaded Baby MP3 Players.....II-37
iRiver Presents M20 PMP with New Features.....II-37
Samsung Releases Blue Wave Program.....II-37
Bang & Olufsen Unveils New MP3 Player.....II-37
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   Transcend Introduces New T.sonic 850 MP3 Player.....II-38
Marine AV to Launch New Digital Audio Player in Europe.....II-38
Transcend Unveils New Flash T.sonic 320 MP3 Player.....II-38
Philips Introduces New MP3 Player with Integrated Bluetooth Functionality.....II-38
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   SanDisk Introduces New Hip MP3 player.....II-39
XIAS Launches New XIAS™ MP3 Player.....II-39
SanDisk Launches New Sansa® Fuze™ MP3 Player.....II-39
iRiver Introduces Disney-Branded MP3 Player.....II-39
Philips Introduces GoGear SA2845 Mp3 Player.....II-39
Haier America to Launch Ibiza™ Rhapsody® Portable Wi-Fi Media Player.....II-39
1$100
   Philips Introduces Two New MP3 players.....II-40
Samsung Plans to Launch MP3 Players.....II-40
LG Launches DVB-T MP3 Player.....II-40
1$100
   Creative Introduces Upgraded Version of Zen Stone.....II-41
Touch Screen MP3 Players from Samsung.....II-41
Creative Introduces MP3 players for Kids.....II-41
Samsung Releases Yepp T9+.....II-41
Microsoft Overhauls Digital Music Player.....II-41
Cowon Launches ‘iAUDIO 7’.....II-41
Creative Launches MuVo T100 MP3 Player.....II-41
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   Mattel Unveils Barbie MP3 Player.....II-42
Transcend Introduces New T.sonic 820 Series.....II-42
Sony Introduces New Walkman® Video MP3 Player.....II-42
Samsung Presents Digital Music Player.....II-42
Samsung Unveils U3 MP3 Player.....II-42
SanDisk Introduces Sansa View.....II-42
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   Creative Launches Portable 32GB Flash Memory-Based Media Player.....II-43
Samsung Unveils YP-T9B MP3 Player.....II-43
Twinbird Introduces Zabady MP3/CD Player.....II-43
Califone® Launches MP3 Player for School Purpose.....II-43
SanDisk Inventor Unveils Sansa Shaker MP3 Player.....II-43
SanDisk Launches Sansa Connect.....II-43
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   Memorex Unveils Digital Audio Player.....II-44
LG Unveils UP3 S2 MP3 Player.....II-44
Mpio Launches New Digital Audio Players.....II-44
JVC Launches Waterproof Audio Player.....II-44
Toshiba Launches Gigabeat U Series of Digital Audio Players.....II-44
Siren Releases New Digital Audio Player.....II-44
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   Klegg Electronics Unveils New Mini MP3 Player.....II-45
Toshiba Unveils Gigabeat U-Series of MP3 Players.....II-45
Century Corp Introduces Waterproof MP3 Players.....II-45
Creative Unveils ZEN™ Stone.....II-45
Digital Vision and Coby Electronics Roll Out MP3 Players.....II-45
SanDisk Unveils Sansa Express™.....II-45
Peapod Toys to Introduce MP3 Player for Small Children.....II-45
1$100
   Apple Unveils iPod Nano.....II-46
Apple Launches iPod Classic.....II-46
Apple Launches iPod Touch.....II-46
Samsung Rolls Out Range of Novel MP3 Players.....II-46
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   Samsung Presents Digital Music Player (US).....II-47
Samsung Unveils Pint-sized Stereo System and MP3 Player.....II-47
Creative Technology Launches ZEN Vision W.....II-47
HandHeld Entertainment Plans to Release MP3 Player.....II-47
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   iRiver Unveils New Digital Audio Players with Color Displays.....II-48
Rio Launches New HDD MP3 Player.....II-48
LG Releases New Line of MP3 Players.....II-48
Hyun Won Introduces New Muti-Role MP3 Player.....II-48
Apple Unveils the Fifth Generation Family of iPods with Video Playback
  Facility.....II-48
Creative Launches Zen Micro Photo.....II-48
Archos Releases Gmini XS100.....II-48
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   Apple Unveils iPod Nano.....II-49
Creative Releases New Speaker System for Zen MP3 Players.....II-49
Philips Unveils PSA232 and PSA612.....II-49
Rio Launches New Rio Carbon.....II-49
Digitalway Unveils Three New MP3 Players.....II-49
Sony Releases NW-E307 Walkman Bean.....II-49
iRiver Unveils T10 MP3 Players in Alluring Colors.....II-49
GoVideo Debuts New Flash MP3 Players.....II-49
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   Archos Releases Gmini 402.....II-50
Philips Unveils Two New HDD MP3 Players.....II-50
Nike Releases PSA-610.....II-50
UMAX Introduces Vega 203.....II-50
Creative Unveils Zen Vision.....II-50
Samsung Launches New Line of MP3 Players.....II-50
Creative Unveils Zen Neeon.....II-50
Hitachi Releases HMP-1.....II-50
1$100
   iRiver Unveils N11.....II-51
Creative Unveils Advanced Versions of Zen Micro.....II-51
Samsung Launches YP-U1 Flash MP3 Players.....II-51
Creative Unveils MuVo Vidz.....II-51
Sony Releases First HDD MP3 Player.....II-51
Panasonic Introduces D-Snap Range of MP3 Players.....II-51
Creative Unveils Zen Sleek.....II-51
Apple Unveils New iPod® Photo.....II-51
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   SanDisk Launches Sansa m200.....II-52
Samsung Debuts YP-W3 Studded with Diamonds.....II-52
Sony Releases New Flash MP3 Players.....II-52
Sanyo Launches HDP-M3000.....II-52
Damon Dash Unveils Rocbox Digital 15003.....II-52
Neuros Launches 442 PMP.....II-52
Adamond Introduces XK1.....II-52
Epson Releases P-4000.....II-52
1$100
   Iomega Launches Mixx™ Player.....II-53
Kenwood Releases HD20GA7.....II-53
Toshiba Launches Gigabeat X30.....II-53
Synaptics Introduces ScrollStrip™.....II-53
Maxfield Launches New MP3 Player.....II-53
Dell Releases DJ Ditty.....II-53
Nasa Unveils Lips.....II-53
Virgin Group Launches New Wearable MP3 player.....II-53
1$100
   Alienware Unveils CE-IV Flash MP3 Players.....II-54
X2 Releases Bluetoothed MP3 Player.....II-54
Sorell Launches SF3000.....II-54
Creative Unveils MuVo Mix.....II-54
Transcend Introduces T.Sonic 310.....II-54
Samsung and XM to Unveil New MP3 Satellite Player.....II-54
New iPod Mini from Apple.....II-54
1$100
   ReignCom Unveils New Digital Audio Players with Color Displays.....II-55
iRiver Unveils New Under Water MP3 Player.....II-55
Creative Launches New MP3 Players.....II-55
Finis Unveils SwiMP3.....II-55
ReignCom Debuts iAudio4.....II-55
Aiwa Unveils XDM-S710BT.....II-55
Archos Releases Gmini XS200.....II-55
Apple Unveils iPod® Photo.....II-55
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   Digitalway Unveils New Line of MP3 Players.....II-56
Apple Unveils Fourth Generation iPod.....II-56
Samsung Debuts Yepp T5V.....II-56
Archos Releases Gmini 400.....II-56
Creative Unveils Zen Micro.....II-56
Digimaster Releases HAAP3.....II-56
Olympus Introduces MR100 and MR500i.....II-56
1$100
   Aiwa Releases HZWS2000S.....II-57
Creative Unveils MuVo Micro N200 Line of MP3 Players.....II-57
SCAM Releases SH100.....II-57
iRiver Launches iHP-140.....II-57
Epson Releases P-2000.....II-57
iRiver Unveils New Line of Flash MP3 Players.....II-57
Samsung Launches New Line of MP3 Players.....II-57
Virgin Group Launches New HDD MP3 Player.....II-57
Oakley Unveils Thump®.....II-57
1$100
   Apple Unveils iPod® Shuffle.....II-58
iRiver Introduces PMP 120.....II-58
Sony Releases VGF-AP1 and HMP-A1 MP3 Players.....II-58
Cowon Debuts iAudio M3.....II-58
Sony Releases New Flash MP3 Players.....II-58
GoVideo Unveils New Line of MP3 Players.....II-58
1$100
   Entempo Introduces New HDD MP3 Player with ShoX Technology.....II-59
Asono Introduces Elio Photo.....II-59
Aiwa Releases New Range of MP3 Players.....II-59
Lexar Unveils New Line of Flash MP3 Players.....II-59
Apple Introduces iPod® Photo.....II-59
Rio Launches New HDD MP3 Player.....II-59
1$100
   Digitalway Unveils MPIO hd200.....II-60
Alba Launches MP364NDI.....II-60
Shinco Releases Z2 Line of MP3 Players.....II-60
Degen Unveils New HDD MP3 Player.....II-60
Panasonic Unveils E-Wear Digital Audio Players.....II-60
Cirago Launches New Line of MP3 Players.....II-60
SigmaTel Expands D-Major™ Line of MP3 Audio Controllers.....II-60
Dell Releases Pocket DJ 5.....II-60
1$100
   Rio Launches New Rio Nitrus.....II-61
SigmaTel Releases New Software Kit for HDD MP3 Players.....II-61
Digital Age Releases New Products to Complement Apple’s iPod.....II-61
1$100
   Rio Audio Launches New Line of Portable MP3 Players.....II-62
iRiver Unveils New Line of MP3 Players.....II-62
Philips Launches HDD Jukebox.....II-62
PoGo Launches AudioRave.....II-62
iRiver America Unveils iGP-100.....II-62
Dell Launches New HDD MP3 Players.....II-62
Nextway Releases NMP-612.....II-62
1$100
   iRiver Unveils HP-100 MP3 Jukebox.....II-63
New HDD MP3 Player from Apple.....II-63
SonicBlue Unveils Rio Sport Flash MP3 Players.....II-63
Creative Launches Nomad Jukebox Zen.....II-63
iRiver Unveils New CD-MP3 Player.....II-63
SonicBlue Launches Rio Riot™ HDD Players.....II-63
ReignCom Releases iRiver Brand of MP3 Players.....II-63
1$100
   PoGo Releases RipFlash™ MP3 Player.....II-64
Apple Releases iPod.....II-64
SonicBlue Launches Rio One.....II-64
Aiwa Releases MM-RX400.....II-64
Telus Mobility Unveils Samsung SPH M100 Uproar.....II-64
RCA Launches Lyra2.....II-64
Panasonic Unveils New MP3 Player.....II-64
Polaroid Launches PhotoMAX.....II-64
1$100
   Evolution Releases Extreme NeckPhone.....II-65
Creative Launches Nomad Jukebox.....II-65
Samsung Unveils New Ultra-Light MP3 Players.....II-65
Digisette Releases Duo-MP3.....II-65
Yamaha Unveils Two-Piece Speaker System for Portable Audio Players.....II-65
1$100
   Sakar to Introduce Array of Electronic Goods.....II-66
Audiovox Releases Slider-Style MP3 Players.....II-66
Freescale to Take Over SigmaTel.....II-66
Matsushita Electric to be Re-Named ‘Panasonic Corporation’.....II-66
SanDisk to Launch Sansa Express.....II-66
1$100
   Toshiba Extends Memory of T400.....II-67
RealNetworks(R) Enters into an Agreement with Reigncom.....II-67
Polish to Set up New Facility.....II-67
LG India Forays into Car Audio Systems and MP3 Players.....II-67
Samsung Asia to Augment MP3 Player Business.....II-67
Kenwood Unveils Media Keg.....II-67
HandHeld Entertainment Introduces MP3 Player for Kids.....II-67
1$100
   Philips Acquires Digital Lifestyle Outfitters.....II-68
Audiovox Takes Over Thomson's Business.....II-68
SanDisk Partners with Yahoo! Music.....II-68
Napster Partners with Maxfield.....II-68
1$100
   GK BLADE Acquires Stake in DCM.....II-69
Juken to Acquire Majority Stake in Cubic Electronics.....II-69
NVIDIA Takes Over PortalPlayerÒ.....II-69
China 3C Acquires Shanghai Joy & Harmony Electronics.....II-69
1$100
   D&M Holdings Sell Rio’s Assets to SigmaTel.....II-70
Samsung to Start Production of 16 GB Flash Memory Chips.....II-70
Creative Bags Patents for User Interface.....II-70
Advanced MP3 Players Starts New Retail Store for MP3 Players.....II-70
Matsushita Changes Name of its US Subsidiary.....II-70
Olympus Recoils from Taiwanese MP3 Player Market.....II-70
1$100
   Jens Files for Bankruptcy.....II-71
Apple Forms Strategic Alliance with HP.....II-71
Rio Forges Strategic Alliance with SigmaTel.....II-71
Apple Enters into an Agreement with SigmaTel.....II-71
iRiver Acquires MPMan for Patents.....II-71
Apple Released iPod Mini in Australian Market.....II-71
LG Markets MF-FE422XL MP3 Players in Korea.....II-71
Apple Starts iTunes Music Stores.....II-71
1$100
   Creative Labs Opts SigmaTel for D-Major™ Products.....II-72
SigmaTel Pacts with Musicmatch.....II-72
iRiver Equips New Line of MP3 Players with Microsemi Battery Charger Circuit.....II-72
GoVideo Opts SigmaTel for MP3 Audio Controllers.....II-72
1$100
   D&M Holdings Acquires SonicBlue’s Rio.....II-73
Nextway Pacts with Vintion.....II-73
ReignCom Establishes Japanese Subsidiary.....II-73
Cirrus Logic Complements Egoman Portable Audio Players with CS7410.....II-73
CompUSA Sells Odyssey MP3 Players.....II-73
ReignCom Establishes iRiver America.....II-73
1$100
   Intel Forays into MP3 Players Market.....II-74
Samsung Starts Production of C-PAD Chips.....II-74
1$100
   Apple Computer, Inc. (USA).....II-75
Archos Inc (France).....II-75
Beijing Huaqi Information Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (China).....II-75
1$100
   Cowon Systems, Inc. (Korea).....II-76
Creative Technology Ltd (Singapore).....II-76
Creative Labs Inc (USA).....II-76
Creative Labs Europe (Ireland).....II-76
1$100
   MP3 Plus Ltd (Korea).....II-77
Acer Inc. (USA).....II-77
LG Electronics (Korea).....II-77
1$100
   Philips Electronics N.V. (The Netherlands).....II-78
Philips Electronics North America (USA).....II-78
ReignCom Ltd. (Korea).....II-78
1$100
   iRiver America Inc. (USA).....II-79
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea).....II-79
Sony Corporation (Japan).....II-79
Sony Corporation of America (USA).....II-79
1$100
   TGE Group (China).....II-80
Thomson (France).....II-80
1$100
   Cirrus Logic (USA).....II-81
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (USA).....II-81
Iomega Corporation (USA).....II-81
Intel Corporation (USA).....II-81
1$100
   Inventec Appliances Corporation (Taiwan).....II-82
Lexar Media Inc (USA).....II-82
Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Limited (Japan).....II-82
Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG (Switzerland).....II-82
1$100
   Samsung Semiconductor Inc (USA).....II-83
SanDisk Corporation (USA).....II-83
Seagate Technology LLC (USA).....II-83
1$100
   Telechips Inc (Korea).....II-84
Texas Instruments Inc (USA).....II-84
Toshiba Corporation (Japan).....II-84
1$100
   Table 16: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-851$300
   Table 17: World Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-861$300
   Table 18: World 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-871$300
   Table 19: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Flash MP3 Players by Geographic Region – US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-881$300
   Table 20: World Long-term Projections for Flash MP3 Players by Geographic Region – US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-891$300
   Table 21: World 10-Year Perspective for Flash MP3 Players by Geographic Region – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-901$300
   Table 22: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for HDD MP3 Players by Geographic Region – US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-911$300
   Table 23: World Long-term Projections for HDD MP3 Players by Geographic Region – US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-921$300
   Table 24: World 10-Year Perspective for HDD MP3 Players by Geographic Region – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), and Rest of World Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....II-931$300
   A. Market Analysis.....III-1
A Place for Trendsetters.....III-1
Current and Future Analysis.....III-1
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   Household Penetration – The Key Market Driver.....III-2
Table 25: US Household Penetration of Music Players (2003 & 2004) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-2
1$150
   MP3 Player Enthralls Music Industry Sales.....III-3
SDMI Backs Legitimate Downloads of Music Files.....III-3
1$75
   Competitive Scenario.....III-4
Table 26: US Market for MP3 Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Volume Sales -- Apple, SanDisk, ReignCom, Creative, Samsung and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-4
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   Table 27: US Market for Flash MP3 Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Volume Sales -- Apple, SanDisk, Rio, Creative, Samsung, RCA and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-5
Historic Perspective.....III-5
Table 28: US Market for MP3 Players (2002): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Value Sales -- Apple, Rio, Nike-Philips, Archos, Creative and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-5
1$150
   Table 29: US Market for MP3 Players (2002): Percentage Breakdown of Leading Players by Volume Sales -- RCA, Rio, Apple, Samsung, Nike-Philips and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-6
Product Launches.....III-6
12$1025
   Strategic Corporate Developments.....III-183$225
   Review of Key Players.....III-212$150
   Review of Key Technology Vendors.....III-232$150
   B. Market Analytics.....III-25
Table 30: US Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-25
1$150
   Table 31: US Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-26

Table 32: US 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-26
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   A. Market Analysis.....III-27
Current and Future Analysis.....III-27
An Overview of Japanese Electronics Industry.....III-27
The Home for Pioneering Technologies.....III-27
1$75
   Apple and Sony – The Clear Leaders.....III-28
Table 33: Japanese Market for MP3 Players by Leading Players (2005): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Apple, Sony and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-28
Strategic Corporate Developments.....III-28
1$150
   Product Launches.....III-292$150
   Sony Corporation – A Key Player.....III-31
Key Technology Vendors.....III-31
1$75
   B. Market Analytics.....III-32
Table 34: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-32
1$150
   Table 35: Japanese Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-33

Table 36: Japanese 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-33
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-34
Current and Future Analysis.....III-34
By Region.....III-34
By Segment.....III-34
Booming Consumer Electronics Industry.....III-34
1$75
   Table 37: European Consumer Electronics Industry by Region (2005): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Rest of Europe (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-35
Exploding Demand for MP3 Players.....III-35
Table 38: European Market for Music Players (2003 & 2004): Percentage Breakdown for CD Players, Radio Recorders, MP3 Players, Minidisk Players, Radios, Pocket Stereos and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-35
1$150
   Alternatives to Pose Major Threat to MP3 Players.....III-36
Strategic Corporate Developments.....III-36
2$150
   B. Market Analytics.....III-38
Table 39: European Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – France, Germany, UK, Italy, and Rest of European Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-38
1$150
   Table 40: European Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – France, Germany, UK, Italy, and Rest of European Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-39

Table 41: European Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-39
1$150
   Table 42: European Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-401$150
   Table 43: European 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for France, Germany, UK, Italy, and Rest of European Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-41

Table 44: European 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-41
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-42
Current and Future Analysis.....III-42
Review of Key Players.....III-42
1$75
   B. Market Analytics.....III-43
Table 45: French Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-43

Table 46: French Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-43
1$150
   Table 47: French 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-44
1$150
   Market Analysis.....III-45
Table 48: German Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-45
1$150
   Table 49: German Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-46

Table 50: German 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-46
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-47
Current and Future Analysis.....III-47
Legitimate Downloads – Still at Infancy.....III-47
Competitive Scenario.....III-47
1$75
   Table 51: UK Market for Online Music (2004 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Downloads by Online Music Sites -- iTunes, Napster, Wippit, MyCokeMusic, MSN, CD Wow and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-48
B. Market Analytics.....III-48
Table 52: UK Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-48
1$150
   Table 53: UK Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-49

Table 54: UK 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-49
1$150
   Market Analysis.....III-50
Table 55: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-50
1$150
   Table 56: Italian Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-51

Table 57: Italian 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-51
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-52
Current and Future Analysis.....III-52
The Netherlands to Face Surcharge on MP3 players.....III-52
Review of Key Players.....III-52
1$75
   B. Market Analytics.....III-53
Table 58: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-53
1$150
   Table 59: Rest of Europe Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-54

Table 60: Rest of Europe 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-54
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-55
Current and Future Analysis.....III-55
By Region.....III-55
By Segment.....III-55
Fastest Growth on the Cards.....III-55
1$75
   Abode for Low-Cost Products with Utmost Quality.....III-56
Competitive Landscape.....III-56
1$75
   Table 61: Asia-Pacific Market for MP3 Players by Leading Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for SCAM, Sony, ReignCom, Apple and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-57
B. Market Analytics.....III-57
Table 62: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – China, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-57
1$150
   Table 63: Asia-Pacific Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – China, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-58

Table 64: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-58
1$150
   Table 65: Asia-Pacific Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-59

Table 66: Asia-Pacific 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Geographic Region – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for China, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-59

Table 67: Asia-Pacific 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-59
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-60
Current and Future Analysis.....III-60
China to Implement National Standards for MP3 Players.....III-60
Burgeoning Growth on Stream.....III-60
Key Low-Cost Manufacturing Hub.....III-60
1$75
   Competitive Landscape.....III-61
Table 68: Chinese Market for MP3 Players by Leading Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Samsung, Sony, Aigo and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-61
1$150
   Blazing Price Wars in China – A Recent Past Scenario.....III-62
Table 69: Chinese MP3 Players Market: Breakup of Average Selling Price for the Period Q1’04 – Q2’05 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-62
2$300
   Product Launch.....III-64
Strategic Corporate Developments.....III-64
1$75
   Review of Key Players.....III-651$75
   B. Market Analytics.....III-66
Table 70: Chinese Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-66

Table 71: Chinese Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-66
1$150
   Table 72: Chinese 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-67
1$150
   A. Market Analysis.....III-68
Current and Future Analysis.....III-68
A Review of Key Markets.....III-68
South Korea.....III-68
The Potential Giant.....III-68
Production Scenario.....III-68
1$75
   Competitive Landscape.....III-69
Table 73: South Korean Market for MP3 Players by Leading Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for ReignCom, Samsung, Cowon, Apple and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-69
1$150
   MP3 Phones: Not a Deathblow.....III-70
Online Music Enthralls MP3 Players’ Sales.....III-70
A Major Exporting Hub.....III-70
1$75
   Table 74: South Korean Exports of MP3 Players (2003 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Value Shipments for Asia-Pacific, Europe, America, and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-71

Table 75: Korean MP3 Players Market (2003): Exports in US$ Thousands for Hong Kong, The US, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, China, France, Taiwan, England and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-71
1$150
   Table 76: Korean MP3 Players Market (2003): Imports in US$ Thousands from Hong Kong, China, The US, Taiwan, Japan and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-72
India.....III-72
An Emerging Market for Digital Electronic Devices.....III-72
HDD MP3 Players – Yet to Gain Ground.....III-72
Australia.....III-72
1$75
   Hong Kong.....III-73
Moderate Growth Expected.....III-73
Table 77: Hong Kong Market for MP3 Players by Leading Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Sony, Apple, Samsung and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-73
1$150
   Taiwan.....III-74
Production Scenario.....III-74
Competitive Landscape – A Recent Past Scenario.....III-74
Singapore.....III-74
1$75
   Table 78: Singapore Market for MP3 Players by Leading Players (2005 & 2006): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Creative, Apple, Sony and Others(includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-75
Product Launches.....III-75
6$450
   Strategic Corporate Developments.....III-812$150
   Review of Key Players.....III-832$150
   Key Technology Vendors.....III-851$75
   B. Market Analytics.....III-86
Table 79: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-86
1$150
   Table 80: Rest of Asia-Pacific Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-87

Table 81: Rest of Asia-Pacific 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-87
1$150
   Market Analysis.....III-88
Table 82: Rest of World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-88
1$150
   Table 83: Rest of World Long-term Projections for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousands of Units for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart).....III-89

Table 84: Rest of World 10-Year Perspective for MP3 Players by Product Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Flash MP3 Players and HDD MP3 Players Markets for 2003, 2008 & 2012.....III-89
1$150
    
 
 


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