56 mln Americans to have MP3 players in 2010

Jupiter Research found that US shipments of MP3 players more than tripled in 2004, and expects that figure to increase again by 35% in 2005. Jupiter predicts the US MP3 market to achieve a compound annual growth rate of more than 10% through 2010, reaching an installed base of 56 mln, from 16.2 mln in 2004. According to the NPD Group, 243 mln songs were downloaded from various peer-to-peer services in March 2005, while in the same month only 26 mln were purchased from digital music stores.