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Docking-Speaker Market Matures, Changes

12/19/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NEW YORK – The docking-speaker market has matured,
but suppliers see potential
for future growth as the
category expands to include
“wireless-docking” solutions
incorporating stereo Bluetooth
and Apple AirPlay, said suppliers
polled by TWICE.

They cited a desire by iPhone
and iPad owners to keep their devices close at hand
while listening to music through a docking speaker, and
they pointed to the rise of Android smartphones, which
for now stream music to tabletop speakers only through
stereo Bluetooth.

In responding to questions
via email, key docking-speaker
suppliers also outlined other
factors that could enhance the
sales of docking speakers.

Here’s what they had to say
in our “virtual” roundtable.