Net Applications’ “Market Share” has posted their operating system market share statistics for January 2007 showing Apple Macintosh share at 6.22% (4.34% for non-Intel-powered Macs and 1.88% for Intel-powered Macs). Last month, December 2006, Net Applications pegged Apple Macintosh share at 5.67% (4.15% for non-Intel-powered Macs and 1.52% for Intel-powered Macs). According to Net Applications’ measurements, Mac market share rose 0.55% in a single month (following December’s rise in Mac market share of 0.29% over November’s 5.39% (4.10% non-Intel, 1.29% Intel-powered Macs).

Since August (4.33% total), Mac market share has risen 1.89 percentage points in just the past five months.

Net Applications’ last six months of “Market Share” stats:
(Month: non-Intel Macs + Intel-powered Macs = total Mac market share)

AUG: 3.71% + 0.62% = 4.33%
SEP: 3.88% + 0.84% = 4.72%
OCT: 4.09% + 1.12% = 5.21%
NOV: 4.10% + 1.29% = 5.39%
DEC: 4.15% + 1.52% = 5.67%
JAN: 4.34% + 1.88% = 6.22%

Net Applications’ “Market Share” uses a unique methodology for collecting this data. The company collects data from the browsers of site visitors to their exclusive on demand network of small to medium enterprise live stats customers. The sample size for these sites is more than 40,000 urls. The information published is an aggregate of the data from this network of hosted website statistics. The site unique visitor and referral information is summarized on a monthly basis. The websites in ther population represent dozens of countries in regions including North America, South America, Western Europe, Australia / Pacific Rim and Parts of Asia.

Reasons for Mac market share gains run the gamut from superior security vs. Windows, Apple’s growing retail store network, the iPod Halo Effect, award-winning design, Mac OS X, Mac-only applications such as iLife, ease-of-use, the Mac’s ability to run Mac OS X, Linux and Windows concurrently, word-of-mouth, excellent reviews, and more.

Net Applications’ January 2007 “Market Share” stats here.

MacDailyNews Note: Different companies uses different methodologies, so the actual share figures aren’t as meaningful as the share trends they show. Net Applications’ measurements show Mac market share continues to increase – up nearly 2 percentage points in just the last 153 days (Aug. 31, 2006 to Jan. 31, 2007).

[UPDATE: 8:22pm EST: change “%” to “percentage points” and corrected NOV total share figure.]

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