NPD: Apple’s iTunes Music Store now the 7th largest U.S. music retailer, up from 14th last year

“Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes online store was ranked the seventh-largest music retailer in the U.S. in the third quarter, breaking into the top 10 for the first time, according to researcher NPD Group Inc.,” Bloomberg News reports. “iTunes moved up from 14th a year earlier, Port Washington, New York-based NPD said today in a statement.”

The Top seven music retailers in the U.S. in 3rd quarter 2005:
1. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
2. Best Buy Co.
3. Target Corp.
4. Inc.
5. Trans World Entertainment Corp.’s FYE
6. Circuit City Stores Inc.
7. Apple Computer, Inc.’s iTunes Music Store

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John Borland reports for CNET News, “Apple Computer’s iTunes music store now sells more music than Tower Records, Borders, and Sam Goody. ‘Taking their growth and others’ pain, it’s not inconceivable to see them cracking into higher ground in the foreseeable future,’ said NPD music and movies industry analyst Russ Crupnick… Apple’s iTunes has maintained more than 70 percent of the PC-based digital music download market throughout 2005, Crupnick said. That market share is likely to climb slightly when Macintosh customers are added in, but NPD does not track those purchases, he said.”

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  1. FYE is a customer-centric, cross-channel retail infrastructure comprised of an industry-leading Web site at and more than 650 mall-based stores (ranging from 3,000 square feet to the “superstore” format averaging 25,000 square feet). Utilizing advanced techniques and a broadband communication infrastructure, the FYE concept has been rolled out nationwide – promising a more customized, interactive and inspiring experience for the entertainment consumers of the 21st century.

  2. macnut222 said: “I think they should encode with Apple Lossless”

    The record companies wouldn’t go for that. Same reason why Videos are such low rez.

    This is nothing new. If you’re old enough to remember the DAT debacle of the 90’s, you’ll know what I mean.

  3. kinoko –

    Unless you have high quality speakers or headphones everywhere you have your iPod, it doesn’t matter that much; in terms of achieving high fidelity, you’ve already lost. I’ve been slowly re-importing my library at 192kbps, replacing the 128kbps versions (ripped when I had a 20GB iPod). But I’m not hurrying, because the times I hook my iPod up to my stereo are minimal. 95% of the time, I’m listening on $40 Sony Fontopia headphones — better than the default iPod headphones, but not by much — on a bus or a subway. Or else hooked up in my car via a wired FM transceiver that also degrades the sound. I understand high fidelity (I have B&W CM6 speakers in my living room), but in my normal commuting or driving environment, it just doesn’t matter. (Eventually I’ll pick up some Etymotics…)

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