U.S. Mac Sales Flat in April as iPod Sales Continue to Slide

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster today released a brief report highlighting April data from market research firm NPD looking at Apple's U.S. Mac and iPod sales. The data shows Apple's Mac sales coming in flat year-over-year, and while Munster acknowledges that it has become increasingly difficult to extrapolate NPD's numbers to Apple's global sales performance, he views the latest data as "neutral to slight positive" relative to expectations for the company.
    Munster stands by his predictions of 5% year-over-year decline in Mac sales for the second quarter as customers await updated models and the PC market remains weak.

    On the iPod side, Munster only briefly cites NPD data showing sales sliding 36% year-over-year, compared to the Piper Jaffray estimate of a 23% decline for the entire quarter on a worldwide basis. But with iPod sales now representing only about 2% of Apple's revenue, the impact of the continued decline in iPod sales as customers shift increasingly to smartphones will be negligible.

    Article Link: U.S. Mac Sales Flat in April as iPod Sales Continue to Slide
  2. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Nuff said
  3. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    Mac computers remain the benchmark for computers. Nothing else comes close.
  4. nicmr macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
  5. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    Wonder if the mac 5% decline prediction (if it holds) will beat out the overall PC north american market
  6. chirpie macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    I think the iPod's road will be harder and harder as time marches on. Everyone and their dog has a phone that, once they upgrade, you could hand it off to someone else, and even if that person doesn't use the functionality of the phone, they're still left with something that's essentially a top of the line iPod Touch.

    Can you say nearing point of device saturation? ^_^;
  7. Ryth macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2011
  8. MrNomNoms, May 20, 2013
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    MrNomNoms macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    1) When you say 'analyst' aren't you really saying '******** artist'?
    2) When over half of Apple's revenue comes from outside of the US with the emerging market being the growth centre - pray tell why is there still this US-centric outlook on Apple or in fact any other business?
    3) iPod sales were always going to decline - the idea of it being 'shocking' dumb founds me given that Apple has never made it a secret that there is a transition occurring.
    4) Who the hell is Piper Jaffray and why should I take what they have over what some random drunk on the corner says about 'the world is coming to an end'? at least the guy in the corner is trying to dress up his ranting behind the pretentious charade of a business suit!
  9. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    For example, latest numbers from Europe should that Mac sales were flat, while PC sales were down 15% to 25% in major countries (Germany, UK, France). The incredible news from the UK was that tablets actually outsold PCs! So you can assume that Apple's market share is growing (nice for Apple) while sales are flat (not so nice for Apple), but since iPads have taken off, Apple doesn't really mind about that. iPads are cannibalising Mac sales, but they are much more cannibalising PC sales.
  10. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    There is one problem with this statement: Mac computers always lag behind PCs in benchmarks.
  11. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    I know nobody who bought an iPod new in the last 3 years.
  12. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    wonder if it's because the iPhone that eats the iPod market.
    and more cheap iPhone offering such as the 4.
  13. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    There's another problem with that comment. It's irrelevant to the subject of the thread. But if it helps him sleep better believing it - then so be it.
  14. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
  15. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Probably not. But Mac fans definitely have been sounding very scared lately.
  16. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    This story is obviously a fabrication. No way Gene Munster actually said these things.... There is no mention of an Apple tv!! :eek:
  17. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Yes. But sadly - there could come a time when Apple drops the line altogether if the trend keeps going. Not saying they will. Afterall - we're still talking about millions of machines.

    But I wouldn't rejoice too much that iPad sales are eroding Mac PC sales.
  18. Zachari macrumors member


    Feb 8, 2012
    Mesa, AZ
    Do you have children? Are you a child? All of my little siblings including all of there friends have iPod touches. Parents buy them for there kids instead of having to fork out the cash for a contract. As long as little children are around and apple keeps creating them, there will be a demand.
  19. MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    If you're talking about specs, then no, Mac computers have always been miles behind.

    If you're talking about build quality, yes, nothing comes close to the build quality of Mac computers (for now, anyway)
  20. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I'm probably repeating myself...

    As usual, lilo tries putting a negative spin on things, and as usual, she fails. Most cheap laptops that are sold come with the absolute bottom line of Intel or worse AMD processors. For example, Dell doesn't sell anything with quad core processors that is cheaper than a MacBook Pro with Retina display.


    Huh? And I thought you were totally scared, and that was why you post rubbish about Macs at every opportunity.
  21. Mr.damien Guest

    Based on the differences between NPD data and Apple reported Mac sales over the past few quarters, we note it is becoming more difficult to draw conclusions from NPD data (but we will still tell you our **** about it anyway).
  22. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    I don't even know any kids in my area who have iPod touches. They either use their parents' iPads or have an iPhone (usually the former).
  23. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Well yeah, people are buying tablets/iPads now. And no one buys MP3 players anymore because they're now integrated to pretty much every single mobile device out there
  24. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    What about this one? :confused:
  25. Smearbrick macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2013
    Central PA
    Ha! Silly man. It's not Gene Munster, it's Herman Munster.

    I don't think Herman Munster can even operate a computer, let alone a Macbook.

    I think the brain transplant limits his digital dexterity.

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