A survey conducted by Ipsos Insight has found that iPods and other MP3 players are topping the Christmas wish lists, with 22 per cent of those who participated in the survey saying they would buy a portable MP3 player or iPod in the next 3 months.

The leader of Ipsos Insights Technology and Communications practice, Todd Board, said: "The portable music device category exploded this year, with interest in MP3 players up nine percent over last year's survey."

He continued to say that "This big leap reflects the 'sweet spot' appeal of these portable devices, which balance compactness, simplicity, capacity and features while managing to maintain affordable price-points."