Apple’s blistering Mac sales up 50 percent in April; iPod sales also rise

“The blistering success of Apple’s personal computer business continues to turn heads, with Mac unit sales growing 50 percent year-over-year for the month of April compared to just 17 percent growth by the broader market,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.

“Mac revenues were also up sharply at 46 percent, according to the most recent data from market firm NPD Group, as cited Monday by Lehman Brothers analyst Ben Reitzes in a noted distributed privately to clients,” Lane reports.

“Meanwhile, a similar set of data from NPD covering iPods reveals that sales of the media players were up 15 percent in units and 10 percent in dollar sales during April, compared to a rise of 12 percent in units and 4 percent in revenues for the overall market,” Lane reports.

More in the full article here.

Nothing to see here, egg-ducker. Just keep worrying about Google and trying to buy Yahoo…


  1. I’m still on the verge of buying a current gen’ Mac to replace my sold Powermac. I keep hoping that “one more thing” will be the pro-sumer Mac to go with my existing flat screen, but I’ve despaired of ever seeing it. So it’s iMac then… or maybe the Macbook Pro, or … See, Steve? You don’t give me what I want, and I end up forever debating my lesser choices.

  2. “Those percentage numbers are hard to compare. The 17% growth for the broader market is 17% of a much larger number. In fact I am not sure if Apple sold more additional units than the others year over year; at least not from those two percentage terms. My understanding is that Apples share of the total number of units sold is also increasing appreciably in the US, but not so much so in the entire world where Apple does not have much of a presence; yet.”

    The problem is that while Gateway, Dell, Acer, etc. get compared to each other, Apple gets compared to all the others added together.

    The Anal-ists tend to look at the Windows vs. OSX when analyzing as opposed to unit sales of computers. There are places for the OS percentages, but for investment, it’s about unit sales (as well as profitability).

  3. > Nothing to see here, egg-ducker. Just keep worrying about Goog…. You mean, the other Steve reads this?

    Anyway, it’s time for new Cinema displays and a redesigned mouse with a bigger nipple or whatever the scrollball is called. MW: “expect” it! Maybe after the world godphone? As for the prosumer, if anything, Apple might consider an iMac in a tower. Seems there’s plenty of power there but not much expandability.

    > the failure that is Vista has also played a HUGE part in Apple’s success.

    I’d like to think that they cracked under the pressure of Apple’s constant OS advances, forcing Microsoft to delay Longhorn’s release a number of times, until all the additional last-minute tacked-on “improvements” aborted the baby, so to speak.

  4. @WriterGuy…

    Let’s run your statement through the Truthalator™.

    If that’s capitalism, I’ll take socialism.
    It’s unfair that I can’t earn the same amount as someone who works in a high income field. What we need is a government to restrict people’s freedom to the point that everyone is earning the same lower amount and so I can feel better about myself.

  5. I forgot to mention that I am also an engineer in electronics and maintain Mac networks all over the city big and small.

    I do my fair share of paper pushing and thinking, trying to fix computer and software issues.

    My angst is against the Wall street types that expect Apple’s quarterly results to match “their predicted” 45% increase year over year, and when Apple releases actual numbers showing 39% increase and beating all other PC manufacturers by a wide margin and Wall Street hammers the stock and say’s stupid things like, “sales are slowing down, we are worried about Apple”.

  6. @theloniousMac

    My father-in-law is a small time farmer and was a auto worker. Stopped going to school at 8th grade.
    Over the years he has see various products in catalog or in a store, seen the price, and thought he could make it cheaper and better quality. He has done this numerous times.

    I have seen that man work with every tool known and it is simply amazing what he has self taught himself. Most farmers know, you got to be able to fix it yourself and sometimes make the part yourself.

    When you got a piece of equipment that costs thousands but is over 50 years old, some parts don’t exist anymore.

    Farming is not all manual labor, at least not with the good ones.

  7. @ Think

    A farmer makes money by transforming natural energy and resources to foodstuffs.

    A Wallstreet financier makes money by moving money around.

    1. Which one adds real value?
    2. Which on could we live without?
    3. Which one gets compensated more?

    Next list, sports/entertainment figures in the USA…

  8. cool to be part of those stats; I bought a MBP 2,6 | 200 | 4gig in mid-April. Oh and being at it, I finally got myself a 30′ Cinema Display, coming from the 23′ Display. Holy moses this setup is sweet. Cinema 4D, CS3, Freehand, Modo, After Effetcs etc. are so insanely fast it’s quite unbelievable… The only disappointment so far is Office 2008 which is embarrassing slow – and Apple’s Safari (!?). No Idea what is going on with Safari – but it just bloats up after heavy use and almost completely takes down the machine.

  9. A wallstreet financier allows farmers to buy protective puts that act as insurance for a farmers profits if things don’t go as planned with the farmers crops and livestock (drout, disease, etc.). The 2 entities compliment each other to keep food markets relatively stable, supplies up and prices relatively flat. In a socialist or communist system this relationship would not exist. Hence the reason people in the formar USSR and sattelite nations faces chronic shortage, long lines, and poor quality foodstuffs.

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