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Earphones And Headphones Market

Earphones And Headphones Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report Product Outlook (Earphones, Headphones), Price Outlook (Less than 50 USD, Between 50 to 100 USD, Above 100 USD), Technology Outlook (Wired, Wireless), Application Outlook (Fitness/Sports, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Music & Entertainment) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2022-2030

Report Code: SRCP1900DR
Study Period 2018-2030 CAGR 20.13%
Historical Period 2018-2020 Forecast Period 2022-2030
Base Year 2021 Base Year Market Size USD 24.81 Billion 
Forecast Year 2030 Forecast Year Market Size USD 129.26 Billion
Largest Market Asia Pacific Fastest Growing Market North America
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Market Overview

The global earphones and headphones market size was valued at USD 24.81 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 129.26 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 20.13% 2022 to 2030.

 A set of portable speakers known as headphones is worn by a user over the ears, on the head, or both. They are electrical transducers, or to put it another way; they convert electrical impulses into the appropriate sound. Radio, cell phones, mobile media players, CD players, video game consoles, and other audio sources can all be connected to headphones via a single audio amplifier source. A wireless system, like Bluetooth, FM, or DECT, is connected, as well as a cable. Wireless headphones and earbuds can be worn over the ear, behind the ear, in the ear, or in other ways. It includes headphones with noise-cancelling capabilities and Bluetooth that is enabled. With ease and convenience, a range of headphones and earbuds can be used. It is widely used in many different industries, including music, entertainment, communication, gaming, and many more.

Market Dynamics

Drivers For The Global Earphones And Headphones Market

  • Technological Development Is Driving The Market

Growing customer demand for high-fidelity and style is what essentially propels technological advancements. Active noise cancellation (ANC) and near field communication (NFC) are two cutting-edge features that are supposed to offer users a better listening experience and seamless connection to their music devices. For example, the active noise cancellation (ANC) technology included in headphones and earbuds reduces background noise, thereby enhancing audio quality. Just tapping the wireless headphones and music player together makes the connection thanks to the near-field communication (NFC). We predict that the market will grow as a result of these cutting-edge characteristics.

  • Fitness Enthusiasts Are Driving The Market

The use of earphones and headphones for exercise in a variety of climatic circumstances, such as rain and dust, has driven manufacturers to improve product durability. A number of businesses have produced their products with a particular (ingress protection) IPX rating, which is a safety rating that provides protection against water and dust. A device with an IPX1 rating, for instance, can withstand water dripping for ten minutes. The degree of protection can be rated from 0 to 9, with IPX9 being the greatest level of protection and providing defence against high-pressure water jets. The rating scale for dust is similar, going from IP0X to IP6X, with IP6X being the highest. The product might, in some circumstances, be resistant to both dust and water. Products having an IP57 rating, for instance, are impervious to dust and water from high-pressure sprays. Such helpful characteristics and some key technological advancements in the product are anticipated to maintain the product's demand over the predicted period.

Restraints For The Global Earphones And Headphones Market

  • Piracy Is The Major Restraining Factor For The Market

Counterfeit goods, which are of lower quality, are becoming more and more popular in developing nations like China and India. Due to the low price at which they are sold compared to the original products, these earbuds are well-liked. The market's expansion during the anticipated term is anticipated to be hampered by these fake goods.

Opportunities For The Global Earphones And Headphones Market

  • The Wireless Segment Will Bring In New Opportunities For The Market

There has been a fundamental shift in how people listen to music since the introduction of genuine wireless earphones. Due to the absence of a wire connecting the left and right earpieces, these earbuds offer a user a tangle-free music listening experience. The earphones are incredibly transportable because they are small and fit in a charging case. Young people, athletes, and fitness fanatics have taken a shine to these items thanks to their stylishness and portability, and it is anticipated that this will fuel market growth.

Regional Analysis

The Asia Pacific controlled the majority of the market in terms of revenue in 2021, holding a share of 29.7%. The high smartphone adoption rate and growing standard of living in the area are credited with this. The emergence of low-cost technologies and the accessibility of cheap labour in the area have led to considerable investments by a number of important commercial players in China. Nevertheless, the industry has grown as a result of the proliferation of products that are fake and made, particularly in India, and this has been made possible by a number of major businesses setting up manufacturing facilities there.

2021 saw Europe and North America share the second-largest market. The already developed market and high levels of technological adoption in certain areas are credited with this. Investments in R&D and ongoing product innovation are priorities for businesses in this region. Additionally, the existence of significant industry players in the area, such as Apple Inc., Bose Corporation, GN Store Nord A/S, Harman International Industries, Incorporated, and Sennheiser GmbH & Co., KG, is anticipated to fuel growth in both North America and Europe.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
Product Outlook
  1. Earphones
  2. Headphones
Price Outlook
  1. Less than 50 USD
  2. Between 50 to 100 USD
  3. Above 100 USD
Technology Outlook
  1. Wired
    1. ANC
    2. Others
  2. Wireless
    1. ANC
    2. Bluetooth
    3. NFMI
    4. Smart headphones
    5. Others
Application Outlook
  1. Fitness/Sports
  2. Gaming
  3. Virtual Reality
  4. Music & Entertainment
Company Profiles GN Store Nord A/S Apple Inc. Bose Corporation Harman International Industries Inc. Sony Corporation Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG Skullcandy.com
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

This market can be segmented on the basis of product, price, technology, application, regions and competitors. With a 53.0 % market share in terms of revenue in 2021, headphones dominated the market. The ease of listening to music, the low price, and the small size are all credited for this. Earphones are a popular accessory for athletes and fitness enthusiasts due to their lightweight design and portability. Additionally, earphones offer strong passive sound isolation, which translates into a user-centred music listening experience and is predicted to drive the category.

On-ear and over-ear headphones' popularity has declined recently due to their bulky size and high price. These headphones are still a popular option among the audiophile community because of technological developments in the form of features like active noise cancellation (ANC) and a strong bass character. Because of the big ear cups, the dynamic and electrostatic sound drivers may be used in the headphones to produce a more resonant and clear sound. Bose Corporation, Sony Corporation, Sennheiser GmbH & Co. KG, and Skullcandy.com are among the companies working to improve the design and styling of their headphones by offering foldable headphones, leather ear cup cushions, and better build quality, which is expected to keep the headphones popular among users.

With a market share of 39.2 % in terms of revenue, the 50 to 100 USD segment led the market. This is a result of technological advancements in this market, which are principally motivated by escalating consumer demand for high style and realism. A shorter product replacement cycle also has a favourable effect on the adoption of headphones and earphones. The adoption of earbuds and headphones priced between $50 and $100 is being driven by rising demand for improved sound quality experiences as well as the corresponding economic uncertainty.

On account of increased usage, particularly in emerging economies, including India, China, Brazil, and the Middle East, the less than USD 50 sector is predicted to experience considerable growth in terms of volume throughout the projection period. The wide distribution of these products in this price range on e-commerce websites and physical stores will probably increase sector sales. The segment is also anticipated to be driven by many companies in the low-range category. The premium companies that compete in the low to mid-range price range include Skullcandy.com, Xiaomi, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sony Corporation, and JBL.

With a market share of 76.2 % in terms of sales, the wireless sector will dominate the market in 2021. The development of genuine wireless earbuds and improvements in Bluetooth connectivity for wireless devices are credited with this. Bragi, a business based in Munich, Germany, invented wireless earphones first. In the meantime, the 2016 release of AirPods by Apple, Inc. completely changed the momentum from wired devices to wireless items. Additionally, local companies, including boAt, Zebronics India Pvt. Ltd., Xiaomi, Boult Audio, GoNoise, and Portronics, as well as MiVi, are involved in providing wireless earphones at reduced pricing, which is projected to further propel the segment.

The popularity of wireless earphones and headphones is also anticipated to expand with the introduction of smart capabilities like voice assistance, gesture recognition, fitness tracking, and wearing detection for playback and pause of music. Modern wireless earphones and headphones come with improved Bluetooth technology to provide greater connectivity over long distances and longer battery life for listening for extended periods of time. The market for wireless products is expected to be driven by such sophisticated features and ongoing innovation. However, because of their low cost, absence of latency, and superior audio quality, wired systems are predicted to keep their market share in the future.

With a market share of 41.6 % in terms of sales in 2021, the music and entertainment sector dominated the market. This is linked to the growing popularity of earphones and headphones among audiophiles, casual music listeners, and those working in the entertainment and music sectors who use them to listen to music and create sound effects. Due to the growing adoption of earphones and headphones in the business, armed forces, education, and construction sectors, the virtual reality application segment are anticipated to experience significant growth over the course of the forecast period. This growth is primarily due to the use of headphones and earphones for training. For instance, headphones are frequently used in conjunction with simulators in the military forces to create a realistic sound experience during training.

With the integration of activity trackers and heart rate monitors in the earphones, the fitness category is anticipated to experience strong adoption of wireless earphones. The fitness trackers enable athletes and regular people to track and plan their daily exercise routine, food, number of calories burned, and distance traveled. The smartphone application that may be used to organize the workout receives the beats per minute (BPM) data from the heart rate monitoring device, which measures the heart rate through the ears. Heart rate monitoring and fitness tracking are now available from companies including Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation, Bose Corporation, and Jabra.

Market Size Product Outlook

Market Size Product Outlook
  • Earphones
  • Headphones
  • Recent Developments

    •  In December 2022, accessible are the beta versions of iOS 16.3, iPad OS 16.4, Mac OS 13.2, tvOS 16.3, and watchOS 9.3.
    • In December 2022, The all-new, all-electric Volvo EX90, which was just launched, will now have the power of Bose sound thanks to the company's first-ever sound system for Volvo Cars.
    • In October 2022, The new Smart Soundbar 600 from Bose is a compact, stylish soundbar with Dolby Atmos® and exclusive Bose TrueSpaceTM technology that provides remarkably immersive sounds for its size.
    • In September 2022, The Bose QuietComfort® Earphones II is the company's newest generation of completely wireless noise-canceling earbuds.
    • In January 2023, Ferrari and HARMAN Automotive Join Forces to Advance the In-Cabin Experience.
    • In January 2023, JBL CLUB subwoofers were introduced by HARMAN International Industries, the industry leader
    • in linked technologies for the automotive, consumer, and business markets.

    Top Key Players

    Earphones And Headphones Market Share of Key Players

    Earphones And Headphones Market Share of Key Players
    GN Store Nord A/S Apple Inc. Bose Corporation Harman International Industries Inc. Sony Corporation Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG Skullcandy.com Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the growth rate for the Earphones And Headphones Market?
    Earphones And Headphones Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 20.13% during the forecast period.
    Some of the top industry players in Earphones And Headphones Market are, GN Store Nord A/S, Apple Inc., Bose Corporation, Harman International Industries Inc., Sony Corporation, Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, Skullcandy.com, etc.
    Asia Pacific has been dominating the Earphones And Headphones Market, accounting for the largest share of the market.
    The North America region has experienced the highest growth rate in the Earphones And Headphones Market.
    The global Earphones And Headphones Market report is segmented as follows: Product Outlook, Price Outlook, Technology Outlook, Application Outlook

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