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iPod maintains 75.6% share of U.S. MP3 player market

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2006
News Categories: iPod

According to the NPD Group’s latest report on United States digital music player sales, Apple’s iPod won a 75.6% market share for the second quarter of 2006 - more than 65% higher than its closest competitor, SanDisk, which had a 9.7% share for the quarter. Competitors Creative Labs, Samsung, and Sony all came in at less than half SanDisk’s share, with Creative at 4.3%, Samsung at 2.5% and Sony at 1.9%. NPD analyst Ross Rubin attributed the iPod’s success to advertising, and suggested that the iPod and other dedicated digital music players will continue to maintain competitive against music-ready mobile phones based on their superior capacities, interfaces, integration with music download services, and DRM support. [via Macworld UK]

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I’m amazed Sony managed to make it on the radar… they’ve been shoving their propriatary ATRAC format and crappy desktop / DRM@Gunpoint software down people’s throats for years, not to mention their own twice-the-price half-the-spice memory formats… and you get one good customer shaft after another.

I’m also surprised at SanDisk’s lead over Creative.

Posted by bsp on August 17, 2006 at 6:36 PM (PDT)



No one is even close to Apple.

Posted by Mr. Anderson on August 17, 2006 at 6:57 PM (PDT)


lol @ Sony.

Posted by :3 on August 17, 2006 at 10:47 PM (PDT)


now that’s a monopoly!

Posted by mike H on August 18, 2006 at 8:22 AM (PDT)


i fail to see any monopoly here

Posted by silver_haze20 on August 20, 2006 at 5:56 AM (PDT)


It’s a virtual monopoly and monopolies are almost never a good thing.

Posted by Mark on August 21, 2006 at 6:11 AM (PDT)


No, there is no monopoly. At it’s best its a consumer enduced ‘monopoly’, but I’m still weary to call it a monopoly. Apple aren’t buying out all the other companies, the consumer has a free choice, and therefore there is no monopoly

Posted by silver_haze20 on August 21, 2006 at 1:39 PM (PDT)

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