Chris Whitman

How many iPods did Apple sell? (Q1 2010)

January 8, 2010: 8:00 AM ET

The third in a series of previews of Apple's results for the first fiscal quarter of 2010

Click to enlarge. Sources: Company reports, Piper Jaffray

Earlier this week we sampled the Street's expectations for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Mac sales in the fiscal quarter that ended on Dec. 26.

Today we look at the analysts' Q1 2010 estimates for a product line in transition: from simple MP3 players like the classic iPod to pocket-sized computers like the iPod touch.

Apple doesn't break down iPod sales by model in its quarterly reports, so we've relied on Piper Jaffray's iPod touch estimates to draw the chart above.

Once again, there is a wide range in unit sales estimates, from a high of 23 million from Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitman to a low of 17.75 million from Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty. (See below the fold.)

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