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MP3 Players can be sold as a relatively low-cost Christmas present, as well as offering a valuable avenue for add-on sales?
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The MP3 Player market is now very well established. Having reached a plateau prior to the widespread availability of smartphones, according to market researcher In-Stat, the market has seen a steady decline in terms of shipments as the emphasis shifted to multi-functional devices.

At this time, the clear dominant player in the sector is Apple. Its various iPod devices currently constitute around 75 per cent of the market, but despite this high market share, a wide range of dedicated music players still thrives.

A key factor here is the importance of the dedicated device. Although Apple does still compete in this space with the iPod Nano, there are a broad variety of devices from other manufacturers offering competitive prices and good levels of storage.

As well as the devices themselves, there is also a strong sales opportunity presented by the accessories to go with them, such as headphones, speakers, cases and docks.

As the Christmas holidays approach, and folks go on the prowl for gifts, the MP3 player market can offer a wide variety of low-cost sales, both in terms of the devices themselves and their accessories, which can serve as an add-on sale as well as a stand alone purchase.

ENERGY SISTEM 5204
SRP:
£84.99
Distributor: Meroncourt

They say: This touch screen device can link with a TV or stereo, while smart song browsing will find the right song out of a library capable of holding up to 3,000 tunes.

Specs: TFT touch screen and integrated speakers, TV-Out connection, wireless connection to car or mini stereo, 4GB storage, micro-SDHC expansion slot, Energy Movier software supports internet downloads, plays AVI/FLV/RM/RMVB video without transcoding, supports MP3/WMA/WAV audio formats, smart song browsing, includes earphones

BELKIN TUNEBASE FM
SRP:
£69.99
Distributor: EntaTech

They say: TuneBase FM lets you listen to your iPod in the car. Cut through the static with ClearScan. Avoid the frustration of manually finding a clear FM station. Improved FM transmission delivers crisp, clean audio performance

Specs: ClearScan scans and finds the best FM frequency at the push of a button, integrated charger, custom swivel cradle and flexible steel-neck mount, line-out option for car-stereo inputs or cassette adaptor

VEHO PEBBLE XT
SRP:
£49.95
Distributor: Westcoast

They say: It’s frustrating when your device runs out of battery life when you are away from a power source. The pocket size Pebble portable battery packs allow you to store up to 1500 standby hours of power and charge your device when needed

Specs: 5000 milli-amp hours of storage, retractible USB cable, deluxe carry pouch with pocket, compatible with all iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Nintendo, Sony PSP, Samsung and others

CABLES TO GO 1M 3.5MM MALE TO 2 RCA-TYPE MALE AUDIO Y-CABLE
SRP:
£7.99
Distributor: EntaTech

They say:
3.5mm Stereo to RCA Stereo audio cables from Cables To Go are specifically designed to connect a PC sound card, portable CD player, MP3 player, iPod, or any mini-stereo audio device with 3.5mm jacks to other audio devices with RCA audio jacks

Specs: 3.5mm male and two RCA male connectors, foil shielded, nickel plated connectors, strain relief

MICKEY AND MINNIE MOUSE MP3 PLAYER
SRP:
£32.50
Distributor: Meroncourt

They say:
The new MP3 Mickey is spectacular. Its completely innovative rubber design and its light 25 gramme weight make it extremely easy to use and shockresistant

Specs: 2GB storage, supports MP3 and WMA format, USB 2.0 connection, compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista, includes earphones and driver CD

BEN 10 MP3 PLAYER
SRP:
£24.99
Distributor: Meroncourt

They say: The perfect gift for Ben 10 fans who want to take their music with them wherever they go. With a strong plastic casing and four GB of playtime, these MP3 players make the ideal companion for any occasion where music is a must-have

Specs: 2GB storage, 2GB storage, supports MP3 and WMA format, USB 2.0 connection, compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista

BELKIN TUNESTUDIO
SRP:
£149.99
Distributor: EntaTech

They say:
Belkin’s TuneStudio for iPod is the first 4-channel audio mixer that lets you create high-quality digital recordings directly onto your iPod. This mixer allows the input of up to four different instruments or audio sources, and records the audio onto your iPod for instant playback

Specs:
Records directly to iPod in 16-bit quality, streams audio via USB to PC or Mac, compact and portable design, each channel equipped with 3-band EQ, pan and level controls, high quality stereo compressor


RICATECH RC1600 MP5 PLAYER
SRP:
£54.99
Distributor: Meroncourt

They say:
Enjoy all that modern technology has to offer with the brand new MP5 Player RC1600. It has a built-in camera, photo and video recording and of course plays all your favourite MP3 and WMA files. The housing is made of aluminium with an oval shape and glossy finish

Specs: 320 x 240 display, eight hours audio battery life, three hours video battery life, three megapixel camera, supports MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, WAV, AAC, and FLAC audio formats, digital AM/FM tuner, headphones and USB cable included

ENERGY SISTEM 7502
SRP:
£119.99
Distributor: Meroncourt

They say:
Capable of holding up to 1,000 songs, the Energy Sistem 7502 also features an integrated digital terrestrial TV tuner

Specs: Plays AVI/FLV/RM/RMVB video without transcoding, integrated DVB-T TV tuner, 2GB storage, Micro SD-HC expasion slot, 4.3-inch TFT screen

BELKIN ROCKSTAR SPLITTER
SRP:
£9.99
Distributor: EntaTech

They say: RockStar makes it fun to create your own music experience. Connect up to five headphones, and your iPod, to start sharing. Or, add another iPod to mix songs and listen together. Works with all MP3 and DVD players, as well as other portable media devices

Specs: Five jacks for attaching headphones or devices, one hardwired connection for MP3 player, mixing and fade-in controls, compatible with all MP3 and portable DVD players

ENERGY SISTEM 3204
SRP:
£59.99
Distributor: Meroncourt

They say: Holding up to 2,000 songs, this device can stream music to a car stereo via a wireless link

Specs: FM transmitter, 4GB of storage, two stereo outputs, high resolution 1.8-inch TFT screen, plays MPEG4 video, Energy Movier software supports internet downloads, supports MP3/WMA/WAV formats, smart song browsing, includes earphones

SWEEX VICI MP4 PLAYER
SRP:
£49.95
Distributor: Realtime, Target Components

They say:
With the Sweex Vici MP4 Player, besides listening to music you've downloaded yourself you can also receive FM radio. You can even record your favourite stations in memory. The housing is made of polished aluminium, and a choice of six vibrant colours.

Specs:
Integrated camera, FM radio and microphone, tilt sensor, 220 x 176 2-inch display, 4GB flash memory, supports MP3/M4A/WMA/OGG/AAC/MP2/ MP1/WAV/FLAC/APE audio format

MEMOREX PARTYCUBE SOUND SYSTEM
SRP:
£51.15
Distributor: Target Components

They say:
With multi-directional speakers, an integrated fold-down handle and a durable design, the PartyCube Sound System helps you bring the party wherever you go. Ideal for indoor use or out on the deck, the PartyCube Sound System’s sleek design blends well with both contemporary and traditional decors, and its rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides four to six hours of continuous play

Specs: Powers and charges an iPod or iPhone, equaliser presets, reverse backlit LCD display, battery back-up

MEMOREX MINIMOVE IPOD SPEAKER
SRP:
£14.10
Distributor: Target Components

They say: Fashionable and functional, the Memorex miniMove Portable Boombox for iPod lets you listen to and share your music in style. It plays and charges your iPod devices with docking compatibility and includes a digital FM radio with wireless remote

Specs: Powers and charges an iPod, digital FM radio with presets, backlit LCD display, connect non-docking iPods, CD players and other MP3s, compatible with all iPods and iPhones

LOGITECH Z515 WIRELESS SPEAKERS
SRP:
£89.99
Distributor: Gem Distribution

They say: This rechargeable speaker gives you rich, full stereo sound from your laptop, iPad or iPhone – no strings attached. And its 10-hour battery and travel case make it easy to bring your music with you

Specs: Wireless speaker with 15 metre range, dual two-inch drivers, rechargeable battery, no wires, software or pairing required, Bluetooth connection, portable design with travel case included

LOGITECH PURE-FI ANYWHERE 2
SRP:
£132.81
Distributor: Gem Distribution

They say:
Sound rich enough for your home – yet compact enough to take with you anywhere. Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 combines two-inch active and three-inch pressure drivers for surprisingly deep bass. The speakers include a built-in, rechargeable battery that lasts for ten hours on a single charge. Stow the speakers, adapter and remote in the included travel case

Specs: Compact and portable speakers for iPod/iPhone, clear sound and maxiumum bass, ten hour rechargeable battery life, protective travel case, one-touch access

MEMOREX CLUTCHSTYLE DUAL ALARM IPOD CLOCK RADIO
SRP:
£30.25
Distributor: Target Components

They say:
A compact, clutch-style speaker system, the PurePlay Portable Speaker packs a big sound in a small, easily portable design

Specs: Powers and charges an iPod, stereo speakers, slim portable speaker system with folding design, line-in jack

SWEEX CLIPZ MP3 PLAYER
SRP:
£16.95
Distributor: Realtime, Target Components

They say: The Sweex MP300 2GB Clipz MP3 Player is a stylish compact MP3 player, perfect for the gym or people on the move

Specs: 2GB flash memory, supports MP3/WMA/OGG, USB 2.0 connectivity, compatible with all operating systems

RAZER ORCA HEADPHONES
SRP:
£49.99
Distributor: Realtime

They say: Whether you are taunting your gaming opponent across the virtual battle fields or just tuning out on the subway with your music, the Razer Orca provides extended comfort while keeping your sound pristine and precise

Specs: Lightweight over-ear design, audio clarity with heavy bass, plug and switch connectors

STEELSERIES SIBERIA HEADPHONES
SRP:
£29.07
Distributor: Gem Distribution

They say:
The SteelSeries Siberia In-Ear Headset passively reduces background noise and has been specifically designed for a multitude of uses including MP3-players, laptops, the Sony PSP and other consoles

Specs:
Available in black or white, passively reduces background noise, cable optimised for MP3 use

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