Despite analysts stated fears iPod sales seem to be maintaining momentum in many territories.

A report this morning in Australian newspaper The Age proclaims that iPod sales remain strong and have done so since Christmas. eBay is shifting one every hour, and at Christmas the products emerged as the "best single-selling product" in consumer electronics stores - and has remained so.

"It hasn't stopped at all", explained one electronics store manager, predicting up to threefold growth in the music player market.

The report also yields a interesting demographic of iPod usage patterns. The Age reports: "iPod shuffles are being bought as presents for young children, while the 20GB model is popular with the 17-plus age group." Higher capacity 'Pods appeal to adults over 25.