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Report: iTunes is most-used media player

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, March 16, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

iTunes is steadily becoming the most used desktop media player application. According to recent data from Nielsen//NetRatings, unique users of iTunes passed Apple’s QuickTime player in mid-2005, and at current growth rates iTunes should pass RealNetwork’s RealPlayer by mid-2006. While Microsoft’s Windows Media Player still has more unique users—80 million, compared to 30 million—iTunes is used over twice as long as either RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. The report says that RealPlayer, iTunes’ nearest rival, is used for 46.4 minutes per person on average, while iTunes is used for 111 minutes on average.

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1

Yeah, Yeah…

Posted by Fanboy on March 16, 2006 at 10:10 AM (PDT)

2

Media Monkey. Nuff said.

Posted by Dave on March 16, 2006 at 10:41 AM (PDT)

3

People actually use Real Player? Ew.

Posted by Chris on March 16, 2006 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

4

yeah Real Player is the worst thing ever

Posted by killa on March 16, 2006 at 1:09 PM (PDT)

5

Real player sucks

Posted by Ted on March 16, 2006 at 1:14 PM (PDT)

6

real layer does take for ever, and then when its done, it terrible. duh! iTunes is the most used cause it from apple. apple is just the best.no brainer!

Posted by LawnBoy on March 16, 2006 at 2:54 PM (PDT)

7

Real Plaguer and its offshoots have, in the past, been the foulest excuses for an app as there ever was. ‘Invasive malware’ didn’t begin to describe its horrid nature. Haven’t used it for some time; won’t install anything from Real on any of our machines, and if it’s pre-installed it gets removed and/or the OS is clean reinstalled without it.

Considering the posts here, sounds like things haven’t changed much…

Posted by flatline response on March 16, 2006 at 4:54 PM (PDT)

8

You should have said this is for streaming media, and not actually for listening to your music collection…

Posted by noel on March 16, 2006 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

9

How can iTunes have more users than QuickTime Player? I thought iTunes required you have QuickTime installed which came with the player. Seems they should be equal in number.

Posted by Ryan Gray on March 16, 2006 at 7:20 PM (PDT)

10

errrr…..... Winamp?
freakin fanboys… keep telling lies to yourserlves

Posted by drg on March 17, 2006 at 8:15 AM (PDT)

11

i’ve used all the apps mentioned. back when i first got a computer (in 1998) realplayer gave me greif beyond greif… windows media player now is my second favorite. i use it only for video. itunes owns\pawns\rules\etc. every other app i’ve used when it comes to audio. don’t event try to beat itunes ppl it just can’t happen; it just won’t happen. lol

Posted by Mike on March 19, 2006 at 12:31 AM (PDT)

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