Analyst Mintel has predicted a sharp decline in sales of standalone MP3 players, which it sees falling from £381m in 2012 to £177m by 2017, although a “worst-case” scenario has been suggested that could see sales as low as £25m that year. You don’t have to look far for the culprit: smartphones, which are now functioning as the digital music player of choice for hundreds of millions of people.

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