Monday, January 24, 2011

10 Billion Served

No, not McDonalds' hamburgers, rather 10 billion iTune downloads and growing. So it is no wonder that online competition exists. The latest into the fray is Sony. "'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity,' which Sony unveiled in September, started in the U.K. and Ireland in December and in France, Germany, Italy and Spain this weekend. It’s available on Sony’s Playstation 3 game console, Blu-ray Disc player, Bravia televisions, personal computers, and will be on smartphones using Google Inc.’s Android operating systems." So non-Apple devices can now get an online music store. As Apple and it's devices own the market share, should Apple even be worried? Doubtful.

Still, should the same providers of such content choose to stop offering to Apple, it would certainly affect sales. I doubt any such move would be in the best interest of the content companies, especially given the market share that Apple serves. And as Apple products have proved superior to other smartphones and music players, it is hard to imagine that such an offering will have a big dent on Apple. As long as Apple continues to innovate and improve, they will keep attracting more users and such their iTune and App stores will only continue to provide a greater source of revenue and growth.

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