MP3 Player User Base to Top 100 Million by 2011, Jupiter Research

As the MP3 player market moves beyond early adopters who purchase multiple devices and upgrade regularly, the user base will steadily increase from 37 million in 2006 to over 100 million in 2011, according to Jupiter Research report, "US Portable Music Device Forecast, 2006 to 2011".

iPod, with over 60 million units out in the market, owns 75% share of the $5.6 billion digital-music-player market. 

Despite the coming of Zune, the return of closed-loop digital music service-device combinations, and music phones on the horizon, the iPod should not lose significant market share in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the report. 

JupiterResearch also finds that the installed base of mobile phones capable of playing MP3 quality songs will surpass the number of music devise users beginning in 2009, but actual usage of music phones is nascent in the US.

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