Apple has driven yet another iPod competitor to the wall, this time French company, Thomson.

Thomson is to sell the last of its consumer electronics assets by June 2006, in order to focus on providing media industry services.

Its consumer electronics division, "Connectivity by Thomson" offers MP3 players, audio video accessories, business and home telephone products. It generates 700 million Euros each year, but lacks the clout to compete with Asian firms and large corporations such as Apple.

The company’s 5GB PDP 2812 costs £149 and remains available at retail. Like the iPod the product supports sound (WMA and MP3) and images.

Thomson is also known for its television sets, a business division it has now also sold.