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iTunes dominates 70% of legal music downloads

According to new data reported from analyst firm NPD Group, iTunes remains the leader in legal downloads by retaining a 70 percent market share for digital downloads between December 2003 and July 2004. Napster had a 11 percent share for the same period and MusicMatch, RealNetworks and Wal-Mart each had six percent share.

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and balmer said we all steal music, apparently we buy more to ;)

Posted by Chris on October 13, 2004 at 11:55 AM (CDT)


seems silly to differentiate by specifying legal downloads.  there’s not really a MARKET, per se, for illegal downloads.

Posted by h2m3 on October 13, 2004 at 11:56 AM (CDT)


Sounds like a pretty good market share for Apple.  Illegal downloads are still rampant though…if you compare Apple to that…I wonder who would win?

Posted by Asian_N02 in Delaware on October 13, 2004 at 12:43 PM (CDT)


Are these US or world numbers? Maybe it will be clarified this evening.

(And what does “win” mean, when talking about piracy?)

Posted by Nagromme on October 13, 2004 at 1:03 PM (CDT)


‘Are these US or world numbers? Maybe it will be clarified this evening.’

Probably just U.S.

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on October 13, 2004 at 5:09 PM (CDT)


And, handsdown, the number of songs illegally “traded” on p2p nets far outstrip songs sold in iTunes and surely ALL music sales networks combined.

Hopefully, legal downloads will gain ground and the music industry continues to see legal downloads on a per song or album basis a viable market. I would think they would, because it does address a want from consumers not previously available. If you couldn’t legally purchase just one or two songs off an album, guaranteed it’d be “stolen” off a p2p, so that’s a couple bucks that record labels and artists wouldn’t have had at all. Granted, some might still by a CD for just one or two songs, but the greater majority would not.

Posted by jinzo-ningen on October 13, 2004 at 6:25 PM (CDT)


My purchased tracks per store (includes free tracks)
iTunes Music Store: 25
RealPlayer Music Store: 183
All others: 0

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on October 13, 2004 at 10:56 PM (CDT)


Great… and that thing said te most common format on the iPod is “stolen”?

Bummer. Hahaha

Posted by Watever on October 14, 2004 at 6:11 PM (CDT)

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