Are media players dead? So many people own a phone, and many of those phones are smartphones. All of those increasing smartphone sales hurt the portable media player (pmp) industry severely. I remember the days when people used cassette players; now you can barely find them. Currently, the two main pmp’s out there are the Microsoft Zune and the Apple iPod. A recent earnings release for Apple shows a significant decline in the number of iPods sold in the past year. They sold almost 2 million less iPods compared to last year. Also, a few weeks back the official Microsoft Zune store closed, but they kept on producing Zune devices. The cause of this drastic change for both Microsoft and Apple is the rising number of people purchasing iPhones, Windows Phones or Android devices, which all have the same music capabilities of a pmp. Those smartphone users have a phone and a media player all in one device so there is no need for them to invest in a pmp. What do you think about these findings? Do you think that the portable media player will slowly disappear? Let us know.