Music numbers

Android helps Amazon triple online music marketshare

May 26, 2010: 11:21 AM ET

iTunes is still king with over two-thirds of the online music market according to NPD, but Amazon is solidifying its #2 status with prominent position on Android devices.

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The latest NPD data has iTunes at 69.9%, Amazon at 11.6% and Zune, Walmart, Napster and Rhapsody all coming in at 1-2% for the Jan-March calendar year.

While Rhapsody took the biggest yearly fall to 1.3% down from 4% in the Jan-Mar 2009 time period, Amazon was far away a winner in both the last two years moving from 4% in 2008 doubling to almost 8% in 2009 and coming in just below 12% this year.

When reviewing sales of digital music separately from CDs, NPD's MusicWatch data revealed that iTunes's share of the digital-music download retail market has remained essentially flat since Q1 2009 -- growing just one percentage point to reach 70 percent of the digital music market last quarter. At the same time, AmazonMP3 grew by 4 percentage-points to reach 12 percent

Why is Amazon cruising while others are stagnant or losing ground? NPD data last month showed that Android's US sales are booming relative to iPhone and with Amazon's MP3 store featured prominently on Android devices (Nexus One w/Froyo pictured), a lot more Android users were downloading music.  Amazon doesn't break out or even publish numbers, but you can bet that the growth of Android has helped Amazon.


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