Macworld: Crunching The Numbers
January 16, 2008 at 5:45 AM (PT)
It may be a stretch to claim that STEVE JOBS' presentation at the MACWORLD EXPO generated more press coverage from the tech websites than the mainstream press gives to the PRESIDENT's State Of The Union Address ... but not much of one. Even though this year's showcase, held YESETRDAY at THE MOSCONE CENTER in SAN FRANCISCO, didn't have the sizzle of the IPHONE launch last year, JOBS' spiel touting the new paper-thin MACBOOK AIR and the various product updates was covered as if Pres. BUSH decided to invade another country.
Here's a thumbnail overview of the showcase that pertains to APPLE's involvement in the music business, courtesy of WIRED Magazine:
* AMAZON.COM may have all four major labels' DRM-free product, but iTUNES is selling MCDONALD's-size numbers: The ITUNES Store could legitimately post this banner on their splash page: "4 billion sold to date."
* iTUNES broke its one-day sales record on CHRISTMAS DAY last year: 20 million.
* iTUNES is delving into the movie rental business this year, probably because it "only" sold 7 million movies so far, which JOBS termed a "disappointment."
* Price cutback notwithstanding, you'd have a hard time calling the IPHONE a "disappointment." Since hitting retail last JUNE, the iPHONE has sold 4 million units
* Average number of iPHONES sold per day: 20,000.