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Apple ships 30 millionth iPod

updated 02:20 pm EST, Tue November 22, 2005

30 million iPods

Apple announced today that it has shipped over 30 million iPods since 2001. Apple also said it has sold over 600 million songs via its iTunes Music Store since its launch. Gene Munster of investment research firm PiperJaffray recently said he expects Apple to reach 37 million iPods by the year's end. The holiday shopping season is expected to give a major boost to iPod sales, further bolstered by the availability of the iPod nano and video-capable iPod. "We expect the iPod to continue to be a foundation for growth in other parts of Apple's business, and we expect that by the end of calendar 2005 more than 37m iPods will have shipped, providing Apple with a greater scope of awareness for various products."

by MacNN Staff





  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Approaching Significant

    The 30M iPods is an impressive number, as is 600M tunes, but the really interesting statistic is the announcement that, at least by tracks sold, iTMS is the #7 music store in the US now, up from #13 last year.

    Presuming that sales continue to rise equivalently, it won't be long before Apple is in the top 3 music retailers in the US. Since a vastly higher proportion of iTMS sales go directly to artists and record companies, that's going to put them in a very difficult to ignore position as much as the big record companies hate working with them. An installed base of 37 million players is hard to ignore, too.

    Ah, how things grow interesting when the RIAA and co least want them to.

  1. chas_m



    7 Million in a MONTH?!

    Look, I know iPods are THE hot gift this year, but does anyone really think that Apple can move -- or even have available to sell -- seven MILLION units between today (when they announced 30M sold) and Dec 31, about five weeks from now?

    I think PJ are setting up APPL for disappointment by setting an unrealistic goal.

  1. cameronx

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where's this coming from, MacNN? It's not posted on Apple's website...

  1. cameronx

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Source?

    A day late and a dollar short, I see... the source is actually yesterday's press release about the flash memory deal. The MacNN report made it sound like Apple had only shipped its 30 millionth today, whereas it is clear that is not the case in the Apple press release.

    If Apple had only today shipped the 30 millionth iPod, that would be bad news--it would mean only about 1.767 million iPods had been sold two months into this quarter, whereas in fact it should be more like 4-5+ million by this time.

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