updated 07:50 am EDT, Wed October 13, 2004
iTunes at 70% marketshare
According to new data from the NPD Group, iTunes for digital downloads between December 2003 and July 2004, the last month for which data is available. According to CNET News.com, "Apple's 70 percent market share--a number often touted by Jobs in his speeches--appears to have remained relatively consistent despite the entrance of other companies. According to the NPD Group, the closest rival over the 8-month period leading to July 2004 was Napster, with an 11 percent share. RealNetworks, MusicMatch and Wal-Mart each had a 6 percent share. Even iTunes' growth may have leveled off, however. The number of people using any paid download service peaked at about 1.3 million individuals a month, and afterward fell to about 1 million a month by July, according to the NPD Group."