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iPod has 82 percent marketshare in US retail stores

updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon October 11, 2004

iPod marketshare at 82%

The iPod had an in U.S. retail stores in the 12 months ended in August, up from 64 percent in the same period a year earlier, and 33 percent two years ago, according to New York-based NPD Group Inc. "Sales of players that use computer hard disks as storage, like the iPod, will increase almost five-fold to 10.4 million units this year from 2.1 million in 2003, according to In- Stat/MDR." The Bloomberg report also says that Apple may surprise investors when it reports earnings on Wednesday, say that both Merrill Lynch and First Albany analysts expect Apple to beat the 18-cent average estimate by 1 cent.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dell DJ

    I'm going to get me one of them thar new fangled Dell DJs. They're sure to be better than those iPods


  1. typoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Holy &#!+

    82 Percent. It's been a while since Apple has had 82 Percent marketshare in anything.

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Holy

    Or 28%, or 8%, or even . . .

    I just hope Apple doesn't market themselves out of this advantage with price or refusal to add features people want.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Holy &#!+ 1

    When has Apple ever had 82 Percent of anything?

  1. csimmons

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Holy

    "I just hope Apple doesn't market themselves out of this advantage with price or refusal to add features people want."

    What features would those be?

    I just had a lengthy discussion with a colleague of mine who say that the reason he doesn't own an iPod is because he can't record CD quality audio (16 bit / 44.1 kHz) audio with it. Others say they wish it had a radio. I personally want either Bluetooth or WiFi (or both) to stream music directly from my iPod to my stereo via Airport Express.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Holy &#!+1

    Apple has had more than 82% market share in the Macintosh and compatible computer market for quite a while now!!

    Seriously, this is really great news for Apple. I too hope that they can get the recording capability up to 16bit/44.1kHz. I've spoken with a Griffin engineer who told me that they would love to improve their iTalk device but can't due to limitations on the iPod end. I can't see why the processor couldn't handle it. It can play back AIFF at that quality. There isn't any compression so it should be able to record at that quality too. Who knows? I'll bet that if Apple do introduce it though, I'll have to replace my iPod to get it.

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Radio is overrated. I have everything I want to listen to on my iPod save the neverending commercials that radio seem to play most of the time these days. Yeap. 20 gigs worth of music make me miss listening to the radio alright.

  1. mitchell_pgh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Keep It Simple

    Most people like the iPod because it does exactly what is should do in a very easy and user friendly way.

    Adding features that only 2% of the users would ever use is silly.

  1. salmonstk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    82% of what?

    Anyone know if this is all mp3 players or just hard drive ones?

  1. ChillieMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    KISS yes, BUT

    I agree keep the "built in" features simple, extend battery life, BUT don't hamstring 3rd parties from making add ons in any area the HARDWARE is capeable of! I was all set to buy iFM from Griffin that would have given me FM radio to my iPod, but some policy or decision at Apple prevented them from releasing it. f*** you Jobs, if I want a Gdamned radio with my iPod, you shouldn't stop me! And CD quality recording with hardware based limitations exist, Apple is simply preventing it. If they worked WITH 3rd parties to ENCOURAGE other capeabilities instead of stopping them because it doesn't fit the Jobs vision, then the obstacles preventing some buyers from buying would be removed and other players could not easily brag abilities iPods don't and never will have.

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