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iPod marketshare dominates at 92%

MacMinute reports that Apple’s iPod is still king of the digital music world despite increasing competition, according to a new report from the NPD Group. The research company said in a report released today that various versions of the iPod account for 92.1 percent of the market for hard-drive based music players, up from 82.2 percent a year ago. NPD said Creative and Rio were a distant second and third, with 3.7 and 3.2 percent of the market, respectively.

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1

apple’s got it.  hopefully they’ll keep it up with more ipod generations, itunes updates, and many better additions in the future….

Posted by StinkieDMB in Pittsburgh, PA on October 12, 2004 at 6:48 PM (CDT)

2

microsoft has a 90%+ OS marketshare—doesn’t mean it’s the best choice.

Posted by well... on October 12, 2004 at 6:49 PM (CDT)

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And look at the new factors that are only recently starting to boost the iPod:

* iPod Minis are finally to be found regularly on store shelves

* The 4G clickwheel iPod is out

* The prices dropped $100

* The music store has hit 1M downloads, 1M-song catalog, and several new countries

* HP is selling iPods in tons of new places

(Nobody believes the iPod is a better product because it sells more. It’s the other way around. Remember that Windows got its monopoly by copying the superior Mac and leveraging the existing MS-DOS monopoly. iPod did not copy a superior product, and gained its cross-platform market share without relying on an existing monopoly.)

Posted by Nagromme on October 12, 2004 at 8:31 PM (CDT)

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Hard-drive base players!!

Thats entirely believable. Include flash players and they wouldn’t even have 50%.

Posted by Adam on October 12, 2004 at 10:48 PM (CDT)

5

hey include cars, types of shoes, and digital cameras, and its most likely not even 1% !!!!


no crap when you add things to the survey the numbers will be less

Posted by rivlinm in saint louis on October 12, 2004 at 11:07 PM (CDT)

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“Include flash players and they wouldn’t even have 50%.”

heh, just wait… it’s coming soon ;)

Posted by flash on October 13, 2004 at 12:03 AM (CDT)

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Apple just announced that this 92%-of-HD number comes to 65% of ALL players. (That’s in units, so in dollars Apple’s share is much greater: flash players are the cheap ones.) That means of the overall player market at present you have about:

* 65% iPods
* 5% other HD players
* 30% flash players

BTW, doing a little rough math on that… since iPods hold SO much more than flash players, I estimate that about 99% of the MUSIC STORAGE currently sold is on iPods—and ready for iTMS.

That means ALL the other music stores combined are fighting over 1% of the storage space. They’re selling downloads almost entirely to people who bought cheap flash players. (Not the most lucrative market?)

Posted by Nagromme on October 13, 2004 at 1:00 AM (CDT)

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I like my 3G/20, but I wouldn’t buy the 4G with the clicker. When I’m in the car, the dock sits on the dash and clicking would probably push it away. I was disappointed to see that as an improvement. The greatest opportunity for competition is when one company has such a large market share, but it seems to me that the music side really isn’t much of an earner. So if Virgin or MS want to play, they need a cooler product. Very few companies can do “cool”. I think that Apple needs to license the DRM though, or they will simply alienate some consumers.

Posted by Carl on October 13, 2004 at 10:46 AM (CDT)

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-> Carl

Or M$ could do us the End-Users a favor and just licence the Fair-Play DRM.

And I’m just as Windows minded as the next guy! IE6.0 and all….

Posted by Ichijoe on October 13, 2004 at 1:15 PM (CDT)

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Ichijoe,
  I thought Apple wouldn’t let anyone license fairplay. Doesn’t apple own the technology behind fairplay drm?

Posted by greenlantern on October 13, 2004 at 3:17 PM (CDT)

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Ninety-two percent.

All of the Applehaters and competitors who last year said Apple couldn’t maintain a 60% share of hard-drive based music players were right.

Ninety-two percent.

D-d-damn, Steve!!!

Posted by iPod RX on October 13, 2004 at 10:48 PM (CDT)

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