The NPD Group on Tuesday issued what at first appears to be a pair of contradictory facts:
Apple (AAPL) now controls the largest share of the music business, its iTunes Store accounting for 25% of unit sales in the first half of 2009, up from 14% in 2007.
Compact discs are still the most popular format for paid music, accounting for 65% of unit sales.
How can this be? The trick is that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 18, 2009 2:50 PM ET
We're getting an unusually sharp divergence of expert opinion on how well the iPod is likely to do this holiday season.
The conventional wisdom -- reflected in Arik Hesseldahl's "Apple's iPod Problem" in Businessweek -- is that everybody who wants an iPod already has one, and doesn't see much reason to upgrade, especially with the economy in the dumps. "As a result," he wrote, "some analysts believe this will be the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 3, 2008 12:41 PM ET
[UPDATE: Apple has published its Black Friday sale prices, and while the savings on MacBooks and iPods are in line with last year's, there are steep discounts -- 50% and more -- on third party products. The resellers, meanwhile, are offering unually steep price cuts. See MacRumors, AppleInsider and Gizmodo for some of the best bargains. To see what shoppers ended up buying over the first weekend of holiday sales, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2008 7:49 AM ET
The mystery of Steve Jobs' iPhone retail strategy deepens with reports that Apple (AAPL) will begin selling its smartphones at Wal-Mart (WMT) three days after Christmas.
According to the Boy Genius Report, a blog with relatively reliable backchannel sources at AT&T, Apple will start with select Wal-Mart and Sam's Club outlets on Dec. 28, and eventually roll the iPhone out to 2,500 Wal-Mart owned stores.
The deal, if confirmed, would represent the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 19, 2008 10:13 AM ET
By Scott Moritz
Dell (DELL) is trying unpaid vacations (for starters).
The No.2 PC maker, already grappling with a massive turnaround strategy, is taking a closer look at expenses and has informed employees of a company-wide cost cutting plan that includes voluntary five-day unpaid leaves for everyone.
According to an internal memo confirmed by a company representative, Dell has frozen its hiring and is considering a range of cost-reduction plans.
In addition to the unpaid MOREsmoritz - Nov 4, 2008 5:52 PM ET
By Scott Moritz
Apple (AAPL) got hit with a pair of downgrades Monday as analysts see a weaker consumer taking a big bite out of the computer-maker's growth rate.
RBC and Morgan Stanley analysts slapped Apple with neutral ratings, down from buy, on concerns that the slumping economy will put a chill on sales of Mac notebooks and desktop computers.
Citing a IQ/Changewave survey, RBC noted that 40% of consumers questioned said they "plan on spending MOREsmoritz - Sep 29, 2008 10:49 AM ET
By Scott Moritz
If Dell's (DELL) view is right, the tech spending hiatus that started in July isn't ending anytime soon.
Less than a week after Dell warned that a U.S. slowdown in information technology spending was spreading to Europe and Asia, the No.2 computer maker now says the slump is getting worse.
"We saw some weakness in July, and August is always slow," Dell CFO Brian Gladden said at a Bank of MOREsmoritz - Sep 16, 2008 11:30 AM ET
In a move that will significantly expand its retail presence in time for the holiday season, Apple has agreed to let retailing giant Best Buy sell the new iPhone 3G through its nationwide chain of Best Buy Mobile outlets starting early next month.
Best Buy markets cell phones in the United States through 970 full-size stores and 16 stand-alone Best Buy Mobile shops. All U.S. Best Buy stores will carry the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 13, 2008 2:06 AM ET
By Michal Lev-Ram
A flurry of new state laws making it illegal for people to drive while holding a cell phone is expected to be a bonanza for Bluetooth, a wireless technology that lets devices communicate with each other.
Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are among those states that have already enacted laws requiring drivers to use a headset when talking on the phone. Similar laws take effect in California MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jun 18, 2008 10:32 AM ET
UPDATE: Apple on Thursday issued a press release declaring itself No.1. See here.
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It happened one week in January, according to a memo sent to Apple employees on Wednesday and intercepted by Ars Technica (link). The memo contained weekly data from a NPD Group Music Survey dated Jan. 8, 2008, and showed Apple's (AAPL) iTunes store passing Wal-Mart (WMT) for the first time to become the No. 1 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 3, 2008 8:05 AM ET
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