Apple Inc.’s iPhone, a new model of which is widely expected this summer, took 19.2 percent of the U.S. market for “smart” phones in the first quarter of 2008, according to research firm IDC’s vendor survey.
Impressive, but that’s down.
I’m just looking forward to next month’s announcement from Apple and hoping there’s a new version that’s cool. Blogs are indicating new colors if nothing else, aside from the expected 3G.
It’s been five years, over five years now, that iTunes has been selling digital downloads. Apple’s music store, now the world’s largest after passing Wal Mart earlier in 2008, went online on April 28, 2003.
Of all the digital songs sold in all of the world, iTunes accounts for 70 percent.
Since its debut five years ago Monday, Apple’s iTunes Store has sold more than 4 billion songs and accounts for approximately 70 percent of digital music sold worldwide. In the next five years, it may well account for a staggering 28 percent of all music sold worldwide.
Apparently about 30 percent of all computers have iTunes installed. And while iTunes sees rampant growth in downloads and users, the iPod has somewhat plateaued.
Ok, enough shop talk. Let’s go to the scoreboard, after 5 years in biz what are the top sellers? Careful, it might make you sick…
iTunes Bestselling Songs
1. Hey Ya!, OutKast
2. Fallen, Sarah McLachlan
3. It’s My Life, No Doubt
4. Clocks, Coldplay
5. White Flag, Dido
ITunes Bestselling Albums
- On and On, Jack Johnson
- Sacred Love, Sting
- Life for Rent, Dido
- Room on Fire
- The Strokes
- Bare, Annie Lennox
- Speakerboxxx, Outkast
- Everything to Everyone, Barenaked Ladies
- Lord of the Rings, Howard Shore
- American IV, Johnny Cash
- Very Best of Sting, Sting & The Police
For those of us who love our iPhones, here’s some news:
A new iPhone is coming, no surprise, but with rebates its price is reduced to $200 (8gb) or $300 (16gb).
When the 3G iPhone is introduced this summer, AT&T, the exclusive U.S. iPhone sales partner with Apple, will cut the price by as much as $200, according to a person familiar with the strategy.
Today’s 3 Things You Should Know is all about how you can spend that extra pocket change.
For example, French Hickman and Jim Brewer are looking to sell – if the price is right. Both are major property owners in Bricktown. Read Steve Lackmeyer’s story in today’s business section of The Oklahoman to learn which properties you may want to purchase. Steve reports shoppers may want to consider property in “the Steelyard”, just east of Bricktown. You’ll also have to consider parting with $13 million.
Meanwhile, A is for Apology. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has apologized and offered $100 credits to people who paid up to $599 for an iPhone this summer. And then were burned when the company chopped $200 from the price.
Tomorrow, the Sooners host Miami. The Oklahoman today looked at ticket scalping and the word on the street regarding prices. How much? eBay prices range up to $600. By comparison, tickets for Notre Dame at Penn State this weekend are around $400. Last season’s Michigan at Ohio State game had average prices over $1,200. OU-Texas tickets usually go for more than $400.
One NewsOK user left the following pearl of wisdom: “If it’s raining, I’m sure you can get them much cheaper.” Thanks Jeff from Edmond, keeping it real.
Enjoy your weekend everyone. Stay dry.
You might have guessed it. The Pac-10 Conference has the worst football referees. Sooner fans will definitely agree with this Seattle Times’ poll. The Times polled 42 coaches, including Sooner coach Bob Stoops, asking opinions on which conference had the most incompetent officiating. The Big Ten was voted the best.
Are you excited about the new iPod? Apple has distributed invitations to a Sept. 5 event in San Francisco, and industry people are speculating it’s for a new family of iPods. Can you say full screen video iPod?