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Friday, December 17, 2010

iTunes Still Dominates Digital Music

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/npd-apple-...w+(Cult+of+Mac)

"Apple's iTunes continues to dominate digital music sales, gaining three percent compared to last year and comprising 66 percent of the market, according to news reports. Amazon, Apple's closest competitor, with just 13 percent of digital music purchases, tied Walmart, which relinquished first place to the Cupertino, Calif. firm in 2008."

Amazon has been trying to undercut iTunes, offering pretty steep discounts on their music but all it has gained them is about 2%, moving from 11% to 13%. Still a gain is a gain, however is the loss they are taking worth it? I admit I will shop at Amazon.com periodically and just use their handy MP3 Downloader to get the music into my iTunes library, but for the most part I will just stick with iTunes. It reminds me of the punchline in that old joke where the guy is selling sandwiches at a 25 cent loss: "Yea, but I make it up in volume."


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

iTunes Accounts for 1 Out of Every 4 Music Sales in US

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-1...subj=News-Apple

"Faced with heat from iTunes and other digital downloads, the nearly-three-decade-old music CD is slowly melting away."

The report from NPD Group details just how much iTunes has turned on the heat. iTunes has captured 25% of the total market for music sales in the US (Wal-Mart has 14%), but in the digital arena has almost 70% of the market. The next closest in digital sales? Amazon with 8%. Digital sales are only 35% of the overall market so far, up from 20% in 2007, but they expect by 2010 that digital sales will nearly equal the amount of physical sales, ie CDs.


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