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iPod sales, music player market \"cooling?\"

updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed July 13, 2005

iPod sales cooling?

In an article published yesterday, The Financial Times asks, "just how long can the iPod " Investors and analysts are pondering just that question as Apple prepares to report fiscal third-quarter results after the market closes today. "There are a number of indicators that suggest the digital music player market is cooling.[...] Apple recently cut prices on two of its music player models, including the iPod, a move the company said would help it capture market share. Some observers believed the price cuts pointed to slowing demand." The report also notes that consumers can actually find iPods in stock at Apple retail stores -- "a far cry from the waits that customers faced just a few months ago."




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  1. Okonomiyaki

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Well Duh...

    Now that everyone and his brother has one, sales will obviously drop off. So what's next?

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    You can only have so many

    You can only have so many iPods, I'm still using my 3G iPod. Batteries never been replaced, and still 159 days left on Apple Care for my iPod.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    OMG

    OMG, supply is actually catching up with demand? A sure sign that Apple is DOOMED! Let's see what the Q3 report looks like before doing our chicken little act...

  1. evansls

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    that's funny

    you have to give it to the analysts -- their job is to analyze the market and share their findings to whoever cares to listen even if it means guessing! summer 2004 apple couldn't meet the ipod consumer demand on the minis and the analysts said apple was doomed to fail! it's now summer 2005 and apple has more third party stores carrying ipods than ever before and now analysts say apple is doomed to fail because an ipod is easily accessible at any retail store? um... since when is meeting supply and demand a bad thing? ---- here's my analysis ---- apple is known to drop prices months in advance before they introduce another ipod launch. just wait until september/october and you'll see the 20gb disappear to introduce 40gb($300)/60gb($400)/80gb($500) models.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Doomed?

    Name one--ONE--stock market analyst who has said recently (say, past two or three years) Apple is doomed. You're all attacking stock market analysts (perhaps rightfully) for saying things that seem rather obvious, but I can't think of a single analyst statement about Apple being doomed. Most of them have been raising stock price and earnings estimates for Apple over the past two years, though they are now saying that growth may be slowing. That's a reasonable statement, and a far cry from saying the company is doomed.

    Chicken Little, the sky is not falling.

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't see any Doom.

    I don't see any Doom for Apple. How many years have they spelled doom for Apple even at Apple's worst times. Mac sales are way up and gaining market share. iPod sales are strong even if they do drop. ITMS sales are the best in the industry. The new Motorola iTunes phone is soon to launch. Tiger OSX sales are extremely strong. So where is this supposed doom? More dumb writing from people who don't know what there talking about. Let's try and make Apple look bad anyway we can by writing these ridiculous stories of doom and gloom. When people stop buying iPods completely then you can write about it. But not just because they don't sell 5 million plus! How many other vendors like Dell sell this many portable mp3 players? I'll give you a hint, NONE!

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wall Street = Fools

    The 2nd quarter is always a slower quarter for computer companies like Apple -- it's not the holiday buying season & it's not the back to school season. But the people on Wall Street have always been -- and will always be -- a bunch of FOOLS. Anybody who is confused why Wall Street is acting like such a vicious beast against Apple on a regular basis, please watch the horrifying documentary "The Corporation". This shocking documentary shows how Wall Street & most public corporations are designed to ONLY care about one thing -- increasing profits at the expense of human health, the environment, safe products, and all human welfare. Apple Computer is probably one of the very few companies that actually DOES care about quality product, human welfare, the environment, and safe products -- yet Wall Street attacks them over it. People who work in Wall Street should be ashamed of themselves. And this documentary is a must-see film

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Doom, part 2

    jorvatic, I'm not sure who you meant by "people who don't know what [they're] talking about," but it's the MacNN posters who are painting the picture of doom, not the analysts. In this case, the analysts simply saying they expect iPod sales to inevitably slow. Then people get carried away and call the analysts stupid and biased against Apple.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Doom part 3

    I hope y'all took my OMG post as sarcasm. That was its intent.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Glasspusher

    I did realize your sarcasm. My post was more directed at posts like evnsls and (because I'm clairvoyant) scotty321 who claim that Wall Street is "attacking" Apple. In fact, it's just the opposite; they've been lauding Apple recently, at least for the most part. But, to them, any analyst report that doesn't say, "Apple stock and iPod sales will continue to increase ad infinitum!" is an attack.

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