“In a research note released to clients on Tuesday, PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster said his analysis of NPD data from the month of July — the first month in Apple’s September quarter — suggests iPod sales of around 8.0 million for the quarter,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
Marsal reports, “Munster had modeled Apple to sell 8.6 million iPods in the September quarter, which he says the company can still achieve if it ships a new or updated iPod nano by the end of September. ‘While our iPod NPD extrapolation analysis suggests that iPod shipments through the month of July are tracking slightly below plan, we continue to believe that Apple will ship new/updated iPods (likely updated nano) in September,’ Munster wrote. ‘Assuming Apple does ship new iPods in September and depending on the timing of shipment within the month, we believe it is still possible that our 8.6m unit estimate for the quarter can be achieved.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Aaron” for the heads up.]
It’s an infinite loop: analysts express their “concerns” that Apple won’t hit said analysts’ – not Apple’s – iPod unit sales estimates only to be “surprised” when Apple exceeds all reasonable estimates.
• Apple sold 6,451,000 iPods during the same quarter last year (fiscal Q4 2005).
• Apple sold 2,016,000 iPods during the same quarter 2004.
• Apple sold 336,000 iPods during the same quarter 2003.