Report: Apple’s iTunes Music Store holds 70 percent of digital downloads market

“It’s been 12 months since ‘hell froze over’ at Apple Computer. A year ago this week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the company’s plans to sell tunes to Windows users. And while the company hasn’t magically converted them all to the Mac view of the world, it has made a pretty nice business for itself,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.

“Apple has clearly established the iTunes Music Store as the standard for legitimate music sales. According to new data from the NPD Group, iTunes retained a 70 percent market share for digital downloads between December 2003 and July 2004, the last month for which data is available,” Fried reports.

Full article here.


  1. And then here comes M$, screaming out the back door – “You’re making the wrong choice! Your machine will implode! Run for the hills! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”

  2. Apple survived the initial responses to the iPod. What is there left for Microsoft to do? Other than update its music store to a 1.0 release how about selling its own iPod? They could ask Apple to make iPods WMA compatible; no transcoding. If Apple were to give them this Microsoft could sell it’s own iPods, like HP does currently. Both companies would gain from it.

  3. Hey Sol, with M$ it’s not about the music, it’s about charging you a fee for a bunch of different devices, hopefully on a subscription basis. Fundamental differences.

  4. Have you seen
    They have had all of this time to create something to blow iTunes Music Store away, and with their staff of thousands of high-level programers, THIS is best they could do?!

    When looks as cheap [read as featureless and difficult to navigate] AND they are not compatible with 90% of the hard-drive music players. All that is left is a product being focussed on the middle schoolers with their $30 MP3 players… ummm… nope… wait… you need a credit card… okay, so this is all of the adults with cheap MP3s. Oh, yea, this’ll be a hit!

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