By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Sales of iPods and other-brand MP3 players have grown so rapidly in recent years that a so-called iPod economy has emerged, generating sales of anything that connects to the iPod. iPod speaker systems for the home come to mind, as do Pod-docking home and car audio systems are now getting
MP3 players posted the biggest gains in ownership by kids ages 4 to 14 compared to any other portable CE product, including cellphones and digital cameras, The NPD Group found in a survey of 3,200 online households.
Alcatel-Lucent promises to license out its two MP3-related patents at "reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms" now that a federal jury found that Microsoft's Windows Media Player infringed on the two patents and awarded Alcatel-Lucent $1.52 billion in compensatory damages.
Vernon, Calif. - Naxa Electronics has introduced an MP4/MP3 player with a 2-megapixel camera.
The NX-151, which is schedule to ship next month, has 4GB of internal flash memory, 2.4-inch LCD color screen, PLL digital FM radio, SD micro card slot for memory expansion, ID text display and built-in speaker with preset equalizer.
The unit also includes a rechargeable lithium battery, USB cable and high-performance stereo earphones, Naxa said.
The suggested retail for the NX-151 is $79.95.
MP3 and portable media player (PMP) suppliers at next month's International CES will launch new products designed to encourage replacement sales in a mature marketplace, suppliers and analysts said.
Replacement sales do not yet account for a majority of unit sales but are on the rise because of average two-year ownership periods, they added.
Kyocera plans to display five new phones that include its first two music-centric phones and an expanded selection of CDMA 1x EV-DO models.
The company is also launching its first PC Card modem with CDMA 1x EV-DO high-speed data.
The modem uses the Express Card form factor, and the two music phones are clamshell models with music-dedicated controls on the outside and stereo Bluetooth on the inside.
A second-generation wireless instant messaging device from Zipit Wireless adds MP3 player, photo viewer and Wi-Fi streaming of Web radio stations and PC-stored music at $149.
Like its predecessor, the handheld Zipit Wireless Messenger Z2 incorporates Wi-Fi 802.11b to let users access AOL, Yahoo! and MSN instant messaging accounts without having to sit at a PC.
Pioneer's second-generation wearable satellite radio, the Sirius XM XMp3, is the first satellite-radio receiver with the ability to record several channels at once for later playback, Sirius XM said.
The $279-suggested XMp3 headphone stereo will replace Pioneer's first-generation model, the $399-suggested Inno, which was marketed by XM before the merger of the two satellite providers.