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File this under "I could have told you that," but now it's official, at least according to the Gartner research firm: Apple's market share hasn't seen a boost despite the anticipated halo effect stemming from the success of the iPod. Not only that, but Apple's worldwide market share actually fell in the first quarter of 2006, from 2.2 percent to 2.0 percent. Focusing on the domestic numbers, Apple U.S. market share stands at 3.6 percent, down from the 3.8 percent of one year ago, but one-tenth of a percentage point higher than the previous quarter.

Who's got the biggest market share in town, you ask? Why Dell, of course, with 16.5 percent of the worldwide market. Following Dell is HP, but nobody cares about HP anyway.


While all the king's horses and all the king's men are trying to prop up Apple as the savior of the PC industry, it seems that the numbers aren't quite music to Jobs' ears. Hopefully all those iPod sales cushion the blow just a little bit.

Apple's struggles to gain PC market share continue [Apple Insider]