View Full Version : The IPod Economy

Nov 19, 2004, 08:31 AM
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Link: The IPod Economy (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20041119093128)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

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Nov 19, 2004, 04:42 PM
... sold more than 4.4 million of them, two million in its most recent quarter alone.

This of course is wrong, the actual number is 6 million plus, and 2 million in the last quater, so he was almost right, he just needed to add the 2, to the 4.4.

Nov 19, 2004, 05:17 PM
Sony sold 20 or 25 million Walkmans IIRC, so I think that in a year or two at least that many iPods will have been sold.

Nov 19, 2004, 05:29 PM

How could such a strong offering as the combination of the iPod and iTunes Music Store turn out to be a weakness? First, Apple is the big fish in a small but growing pond. IDC reckons 12.5 million MP3 players were sold in 2003.

Compare that to the Consumer Electronics Association's estimate that consumers bought more than 23 million devices it classifies as 'portable headset audio' in 2003--that's portable tape players, personal CD players and radios combined. Sales for these older personal audio devices peaked in 2001 at 38 million, more than three times the unit sales of MP3 players last year, according to CEA data. That gives you a fair idea of how far the iPod and similar devices have to go before they become the consumer force that many already assume they are.

Nov 19, 2004, 07:37 PM
reminds me of the automotive economy... how lots of smaller companies are along for the ride.

There was an article somewhere too about how these ipod suppliers are vulnerable if Apple goes to other vendors...