Thomas Weisel analyst Jason Pflaum has reiterated his belief that Apple will introduce a flash-based music player before the holidays. “I recently spent two weeks in Asia meeting with a number of folks who are in a position to know details of SigmaTel’s supply chain,” Pflaum said. “Based on our industry contacts, we are confident that, one, Apple is planning to launch a flash-based player, and two, SigmaTel is the provider of controller chip for that device.”