Despite the incessant hype surrounding netbooks and (especially) tablets, NPD reports Canadian sales of laptops are up 20%, and—a real shocker—traditional desktop PCs are up 30%. The study also indicated that netbook sales are actually declining, by 25%. [NPD]
New research by the NPD group confirms a suspicion. Much of the world wants to see iTunes streaming their music from the cloud. And many will pay to make it happen.
There's been a lot of talk about video games being a "recession-proof" industry. But this year-to-year graph shows the steep drop in industry growth since 2007.
NPD's Household Penetration Study found a 3% uptick in Mac households for 2009. This makes sense! What's surprising (or not) is that of the 12% of homes with a Mac, less than 2% are Mac-exclusive.
Desktop PCs have been in decline for a decade, and countless people have said their piece about it. But new evidence suggests the desktop tower's death spiral is underway—and we're not too broken up about it.
The gadget-sale tracking NPD says Blu-ray sales were up 72% from a year before, while dollars earned were up just 14% (players are getting cheaper)—yet most people still don't really know what Blu-ray is.
Fanboys, get your commenting fingers warmed up. A new study shows that, on average, the cost of a Windows PC is half that of an Apple computer. According to data collected by the NPD group, the average Windows notebook goes for $700, while the average Apple laptop costs above $1,500, dropping a mere $59 in the last…
After outselling the Xbox 360 3:1 in June (660,000 vs 219,800), the Wii eeked ahead in the total U.S. sales race by 500,000 consoles, despite the 360's one-year head start. NPD is also reporting a 53% increase in game and hardware sales across the industry compared to this time last year. [Information Week]
Apple's just confirmed the morning's news on them being the number one music retailer in the US. The stuff to take away: four billion songs sold, six million songs in the catalog, the most music sold in January and February out of any retailer. Hit the jump if you want to see Apple gloat for themselves.
Citing NPD data and internal Apple sources, Ars Technica declared iTunes the #1 music retailer in January, besting Wal-Mart for the first time, along with Best Buy, Amazon and others. Debunkers have claimed that this is only because of gift-card redemption but Ars' Eric Bangeman updated his piece, calling BS on the BS…
Apple just slipped out a second press release this AM bragging that, according to NPD, it is now the #2 music retailer in the US, behind the megalithic Wal-Mart.
Click to viewAfter an NPD report showed Blu-ray had 93% of the market for that week, the Blu-ray coalition had good cause to do (or keep doing) the victory dance. But Toshiba's teary-eyed rebuttal makes sense, so we thought we'd share it:
If all the talk of HD DVD's demise wasn't enough to actually convince you that it's all but over for HD DVD, take a look at these numbers from the research group NPD. The two formats sold almost neck and neck in the week leading up to CES, but Blu-ray completely knee-to-groined HD DVD in the week of CES's shenanigans…
It was called the iPod effect, but maybe now it should be dubbed the iPhone effect. The force compelling people to switch from PCs to Macs was doing something this past May, though it's not exactly easy to spot on a pie chart.