“In the race to become the top mobile digital music store, Sprint Nextel’s latest milestone is a poor marker of success,” Rachel Rosmarin reports for Forbes. “In the nearly four months since the Sprint Music Store debuted, more than 1 million tracks have been downloaded, Sprint Nextel announced today. But Apple’s iTunes store sold the same amount in less than a week when it launched way back in May 2003, and will likely sell its billionth song this month… Of the one million tracks downloaded from Sprint, it is unclear how many of those were paid purchases. To promote the new service, Sprint offered five free song downloads to many customers.”
Full article here.
Sprint’s press release: http://news.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/10381/198763.html
[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “me” for the link.]
MacDailyNews Take: Apple currently sells about 4 million songs per day. For the Enderles of the world: Apple sells four times as many songs in one day than Sprint sells in four months. In other words, based upon current sales rates, Sprint takes approximately one year and four months to equal one day of Apple’s iTunes Music Store’s current sales. To look at the situation even more harshly, Apple sells a year’s worth of Sprint’s sales every 18 hours. A more ill-advised press release is almost unimaginable.
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