It looks like consumer electronics sales are set to grow nicely this Xmas in the US in particular, according to the CEA. And digital music players are the number one choice.
The CEA’s annual Holiday Spending Survey tracks the consumer electronics devices consumers intend to give as gifts, as well as those they hope to receive. Digital music players topped both lists this year displacing the digital camera at the top of last year’s gift list and the plasma TV at the top of last year’s wish list. The survey showed consumer interest in buying a portable digital music player has risen eight percentage points from 2004, to 28 per cent.
It also seems that consumers are buying into convergence products such as mobile phones that are also camera's and/or music players. Notice that the Xbox isn't at the top of the list.