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Zune drops from no. 2 to no. 5

updated 01:55 pm EST, Tue December 5, 2006

Zune drops to fifth place

After a strong initial showing Microsoft's share of the digital audio player market has decreased, putting the Redmond-based company in fifth place. Research firm NPD Group reports that in the week ending November 25th, the Zune consumed 2.1 percent of sales, versus 39.4 percent for Apple's iPod and 39.3 percent for SanDisk products. At third and fourth place were players by Creative and Memorex; Microsoft's figures were also tied by a player from the Walt Disney Company, according to Electronista. NPD analyst Stephen Baker noted, however, that the week of Thanksgiving is traditionally difficult for new products, and that Microsoft's unit volume was unusually consistent between the first and second weeks. Microsoft admitted after the Zune launch in mid-November that its strategy is a long-term entry into the portable audio player market, and that it expects to see very little -- if any -- progress during the first year as a contender.




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  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what a

    business plan. this company is just the pits. they'll hang around and lose money out the wazoo until they get a foothold, then they'll cut prices to drive some "partners" out of business, on and on and on...

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MS business practices...

    ...are really something else. WTF? http://www.gigoblog.com/2006/10/12/all-h***-microsoft/

  1. boazh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    just sad...

    All this lost revenue... Ohh MS, wait there'e more : Vista is almost out :)

  1. wingdo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Where????

    "NPD Group reports that in the week ending November 25th, the Zune consumed 2.1 percent of sales, versus 39.4 percent for Apple's iPod and 39.3 percent for SanDisk products."

    Where did these numbers come from? When Did SanDisk become as big of a player as Apple in the marketplace and why has no one noted this? Last I saw was Apple still holding over 80% of new sales of MP3 players.

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