Report: Personal and Entry Level Storage Devices Market Declined in 2015
The market for external storage devices on a personal and entry-level consumer-grade basis is rapidly shrinking, according to a new report out this week from the International Data Corporation. Worldwide shipments of the devices (which include standard, consumer-grade products that you’d expect to see released by a company like Western Digital) totaled 68.5 million units in 2015, down nearly 10 percent from the 75.4 million that shipped in 2014.
What’s worse, the annual shipment values were down more than 15 percent from 2014 levels, totaling $5.4 billion.
The types of storage devices accounted for in the report included dual-interface USB and 1934, dual-interface other, eSATA, Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB, wireless, and multiple interface.