“Apple’s share of the US flash-player MP3 market grew from 43 percent in February to 58 percent in March, according to research firm NPD. Apple’s share of the US hard-disk player market was also at 90 percent, while the iTunes Music Store marketshare was above 70 percent in April. The data were reported by Merill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich in a research note to clients. The analyst also discussed future iPod enhancements expected by the end of the year, the (non-existent) mobile phone threat, and more. The firm reiterated its ‘Buy’ rating on Apple stock with a price target of of $51 per share,” MacNN reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: So much for the “war.” Not bad for a “big let-down that’s worse than the cheapest Chinese player,” huh? We hope they’ve bolted the windows shut over at Creative’s corporate headquarters. Nobody wants to see any broken sidewalks in Singapore.
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