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Sunday, January 30, 2005
The feds claimed that Microsoft qualified as a monopolist even though it only had 94% of the personal computer operating system market. Apple was likely chuckling because they only have five percent of the operating system market and therefore avoided being sued by the Department of Justice.
I wonder how long it will take for the Feds to come after Apple now that they have a similar market share in the MP3 market. I have two MP3 players (one flash memory based and the other a 20GB Archos) and wouldn't go with the Apple piece of crap anyway - battery life is short and iTunes is restricted technology - but what the hell, all the kids want an iPod because they are all the rage. The result:
Research company The NPD Group said in a report released Tuesday that various versions of the iPod accounted for 92.1 percent of the market for hard drive-based music players, up from 82.2 percent a year ago. Players from Creative Technology and Digital Networks North America's Rio were a distant second and third, with 3.7 percent and 3.2 percent of the market, respectively.(rest of this old story here).
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