NPD: Apple's March 2007 Desktop, Laptop, and MP3 Marketshare

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Bloomberg provided March 2007 marketshare numbers from the NPD Group.

    It revealed that for March 2007, Apple was ranked 4th for notebook sales (9.9%), 5th for Desktop sales (7.7%), and #1 for MP3 Player Sales (68.9%).

    BetaNews provides a historical perspective on these numbers.

    Apple's 9.9% marketshare brings Apple back into the top 5 notebook retailers after it had dropped out in February. Apple's notebook marketshare had been as high as 10.1%, however, in January of this year. The 7.7% Desktop marketshare, however, does represent the first time Apple has placed in the top 5 desktop retailers.

    The MP3 marketshare, however, was a decline for Apple, who lost marketshare to SanDisk and Creative.
  2. kingofkolt macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    I'll bet the reason its marketshare in notebooks dropped is that everybody is like us, waiting to buy until the MB's and MBP's are updated.

    June 11th can't come soon enough.
  3. Evangelion macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    When you do these kinds of comparisons, you should compare the sales to corresponding period in the previous year, and not to prevoius month(s). So, what was Apple's share in march 2006?

    As to mp3-players... Apple REALLY should introduce new iPods based on iPhone-technology. If they did that, all their competitors would look old and dated in comparison. Yes yes yes, Apple is banking on the iPhone. But they should remember that iPods are still a huge business for them. And since iPod is not an alternative to the iPhone, and vice versa, it really makes sense to release all-new iPods, and soon.
  4. k2k koos macrumors 6502a

    k2k koos

    Jan 21, 2003
    Somewhere between yesterday and tomorrow

    mp3 loss in marketshare is probably only because their iPod's just haven't been updated fast enough, they need new iPods FAST.

    Growth in desktop sales is a great sign, but please update the Mac mini to keep the momentum!

    Notebook sales, Apple isn't doing too bad there at all, but updated MPB's and to a lesser extend MB's are needed to keep it going!
  5. sososowhat macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2003
    Palo Alto, CA
    The marketshare numbers seem a bit bogus because they're retail store only. Notice that Dell isn't anywhere on the list. I'd think that most corporate sales don't go through retail stores. Overall market share must be less -- not 7.7% and 9.9%.
  6. r-sparks macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    Official usage figures

    Does anybody know an official source of usage figures for Macs? Maybe a percentage of desktop users?

    I'm running a one-man campaign against sites that are incompatible with Safari or use Windows-only movie/audio formats (WMP). Being able to quote an official source of info is handy.

    I've been mentioning that 10% of potential users will be blocked from their site/content, but I've never cited sources.

    Incidentally, is anybody interested in making this official? I'd love to see a site naming and shaming developers who can't be bothered to test against Safari, and that suggest instead that we download third-party apps to access their site/content.
  7. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    These are US figures. What about worldwide marketshare numbers for computers, operating systems, web browsers and MP3s?
  8. pederg macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Notice that apple also sell a big percentage of mac's through their online store...
  9. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    that goes for ipods, too.
  10. agentmouthwash macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2003
    The iPod dip is true. I ride the NYC subway a lot which is a good indicator of that technology people use. I few years ago you would see that all of the Mp3 players were iPods, now I am seeing all different kinds.

    Apple needs to release a larger screen with a scratch resistant case. They'll probably jump back up to the 70% range.
  11. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Yeah, I think people are holding off for new "touch your music" iPods.
  12. MacIke macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2003
    The Frigid Wasteland of MN

    These numbers mean very little.

    Without direct sales (read Apple Stores, Apple online and Dell) what is the point of saying anything?

    Without numbers from the largest retailer on the planet what do these numbers say? Not much.

    This is for only one small section of the market.

    Look at the top two spots. Those two are featured at Best Buy and Compusa like crazy.
  13. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    How do those numbers say nothing?

    It shows a trend right? A trend that seems to make sense to everyone.

    But I agree it is sort of useless.
  14. Counter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    I'm holding off for a 'touch the musician' iPod.
  15. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Yep, watch out Apple, Microsoft's Zune is....

    Oh, wait...
  16. MarcelV macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2004
    for the iPod 'dip' in marketshare, I noticed that when visiting Best Buy, people really started to pay attention to Sandisk. Mostly it was driven by price. For the same or slightly higher than the shuffle, you have 2GB and a screen. For kids that counts, and because of a lack of upgrades, the iPod is loosing it's cool factor.

    I am not saying that iPod sales numbers will be down at all, but there should be some concern within Apple about this. On the other hand, the MP3 player became a commodity and those high marketshare numbers are really hard to sustain.
  17. thelem macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    You might want to mention in your articles like this whether the figures are US-only or world wide. Apple to sell a lot of computers to people outside your little country you know.
  18. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2007
    Wales, UK
    with the release of the iPhone, iPod sales are going to dip, but does a sold iPhone count towards the iPod sales figures, since it is a iPod with built in phone/phone with built in iPod...
  19. Shades of Blue macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2007
    I totally agree!
  20. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    These numbers mean nothing. Where are IBM/Lenovo and Dell? Oh yeah, two of the top manufacturers don't have retail stores. :rolleyes:
  21. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    Probably already stated but, a touchscreen ipod 120+gb space will fix that mp3 market share :)
  22. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    Kind of...its not like they lost a huge amount, a huge lead. And considering all iPods are currently old, its not a big deal at all.(The Shuffle isn't, the Nano is kind of, and the 5G is)
  23. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    The USA is not little...its a very large country.

    And the reaspm MR did not say where the data is from, is because the NDP Group never told us.
  24. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    Only if it's priced $99 or below. I imagine where Apple is losing out these days is at the low end of the market.
  25. CoreWeb macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2007
    Edge of reason
    Check out's Safari "Compatibility Hit List". It has a list of sites that have problems with Safari.

    Also, Safari is only about 5-6% of the browser market share (at best). However, if you add Firefox to Safari, you get, I believe, over 20%. So you have plenty of ground on attacking sites which are not compatible with either Firefox or Safari, as 1 in 5 users will be using those browsers. You have less ground (though still a good amount) when talking about Safari alone, as 1 in 20 will be using it.

    Personally, I find very few sites that are incompatible with Safari. I suppose my experience is much different than others, though.

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