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Popularity of music on tablets will advance home audio networks

by David Needle

March 14 2012

Tablets will help spur the rapid growth of network-capable audio products. (Parks Associates)
Tablets will help spur the rapid growth of network-capable audio products. (Parks Associates)

Watch out iPod, it turns out people like using the iPad and other tablets for playing music too.

A new report says over 60% of tablet owners in the U.S. play music on the device every week and that trend will drive other technology advances. 

The Networked Audio Products: Market Update report by Parks Associates says audio product manufacturers will add networking in order to connect their products to popular mobile devices and streaming services such as iTunes and Pandora.

"The continuing popularity of music services is pushing consumers to find new ways to enjoy their growing libraries of audio content," said Kurt Scherf, VP and principal analyst at Parks Associates. "Consumers are using products such as smartphones and media tablets for music access and playback, and they want ways to distribute that content around the home. Networked audio products give them the ability to have a high-quality multi-room music experience."

Parks Associates forecasts that by 2016, over 90 million home audio units, almost 60% of a worldwide market that includes A/V receivers, MP3 speaker docks, sound bars, and home theater systems, will ship with embedded networking solutions such as DLNA and Apple's AirPlay.

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