Apple Maintains Digital Music Dominance, But Amazon Making Significant Gains

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    NPD has released its most recent report examining digital music downloads in the United States.

    The research firm reports that Apple continues to hold a 63% share of the market down from 66% in 2010, with Amazon at 22%, up from 13% 3 years ago. Some 44 million Americans bought at least one song last year, with NPD saying that number has remained stable over the past three years.
    However, only 38 percent of consumers said it was important to own music, while 41 percent of users of streaming music services like Pandora or Spotify said they had purchased music they discovered on such a service.

    The relatively low number of consumers who find it important to own music may be part of the impetus to Apple's development of an 'iRadio' streaming music service. Apple is rumored to be pushing hard for a Summer 2013 launch.

    Article Link: Apple Maintains Digital Music Dominance, But Amazon Making Significant Gains
     
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    I'm one of those people that made the switch. Amazon has alot of $5 sales and they use plain old MP3 which works on any player and not just iPod.
     
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    8% market share gain in three years is significant? Um, ok.
     
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    The only time I buy songs from iTunes is when I get 3-5 free songs from Apple after using their customer support.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    that leaves 15% unaccounted for

    Who might they be?
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    how about 9%?
     
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    Wow, I thought this particular misinformation died around 2006 or so. There are still people pushing it?
     
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    So, they don't have 5$ sales? :p
     
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    Jokester, eh?
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    :D
     
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    The music files on iTunes are playable on a broad range of players, not just iWhatever. :)

    But it's true that music is often cheaper on amazon.
     
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    I made the switch a few years ago, before Apple stopped DRM'ing. Even without DRM I have not gone back to iTunes. If I see a song I want in iTunes I hop over to Amazon MP3 to get it. It still ends up in iTunes so there is little difference in the end (except that it usually is less expensive).

    Plus, as you noted, there are some nice sales on Amazon.




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    Not the old "AAC only works on iPods" argument again...

    Products_that_support_AAC.
     
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    Or in other words - just about any device from a know company.
     
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    As far as digital music goes Amazon rocks. I still prefer to buy CDs b/c I'm a lossless guy. But when I do buy digital it's on Amazon. 1) Usually much better price & 2) free cloud storage and playback.
     
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    One difference: It's mighty convenient to have stuff be part of your iTunes purchase history.

    I love picking up an Apple device and being able to re-download something I bought on another without paying for iTunes match.

    I'm not saying that's worth it to everyone, but that's one thing that keeps me coming back to the iTunes store.
     
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    Others... which may account to Microsoft or other companies.
     
  17. macrumors 68020

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    When you are talking about a few billion dollars, yes, it is, VERY
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    How about a web based itunes/iradio? I don't wanna fire up itunes. :/
     
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    Amazon has to diversify their music service to more countries ...
     
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    I recently received an email from Amazon saying that I had purchased CDs and other physical media that they were allowing me to download a digital copy from their website.

    I wonder if these are being counted as music downloads when they were just tacked on to prior purchases?
     
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    oops, misread article as iTunes and not just iTunes music
     
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    That wiki won't make my motorcycle's sound system play AAC.




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    If so I'm sure the Digital Movie Sales would have skyrocketed when they started doing this. It didn't so I would say no.
     
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    Since I have Spotify, I rarely buy music. But when I do, I tend to get it from Amazon for two reasons:
    #1 - Prices are usually better
    #2 - It's convenient to use their web Cloud Player to listen to the music at my job

    Amazon has made it simple enough with their downloader to import the music into iTunes.
     
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    I like the fact that every thing I have ever purchased from the iTunes store is always available to me on my iPhone, iPad and Macs. I really like when I don't even store them all any more because there are so many, I just download what I want to hear.
     

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