updated 02:45 pm EDT, Mon September 18, 2006
iPod sales ahead of revamp
New NPD data for July and August suggests slower than expected iPod sales within the first two months of the quarter, prior to Apple unveiling its new refreshed iPod models. The data for the September quarter thus far suggests sales of 7.4 million, but does not account for the new models with larger capacities and longer battery life currently shipping to customers. Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster predicts iPod sales totaling 8.6 million in the September quarter, and believes Apple can still come close to Wall Street estimates. "Given the new iPods that were just announced, we believe iPod units will end the quarter close to Street expectations," Munster wrote in a research note obtained by MacNN.