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Reports claim the U.S. is becoming less of an influence on the PC market as developing countries emerge

The signs of economic downturn are showing up in many places around the United States form large companies laying off employees by the thousands to the bust in the housing market leading to significantly increased numbers of home foreclosures.

The lagging economy is evident in the technology industry as well and shows in the significant layoffs coming from industry giants like Dell and Motorola. The PC industry is feeling the softening economy in the terms of fewer computers shipped in the United States.

According to research firm IDC worldwide PC shipments in Q1 2008 grew by 14.6% to 69.5 million units. Estimates for the quarter were 13.2% growth, so the industry exceeded expectations. Despite growth in PC shipments worldwide, the U.S. market slipped to a year-over-year growth rate of only 3.5%.

IDC reports that the U.S. share of the worldwide PC market fell by more than 2 points to 23% compared to the same period in 2007. This drop is showing that the U.S. is becoming less of an influence and emerging markets in developing countries are becoming more important for PC makers. The top five PC makers in the world according to IDC in order are HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba.

At the same time the top five PC makers were seeing drops in shipments in the U.S. Apple was shipping more systems. InformationWeek reports that Apple shipments grew 32.5% to one million units compared to 762,000 Macs shipped in the same quarter last year. IDC also released a report recently showing that Apple was now in the top five U.S. computer makers with a firm hold on the number 4 spot.

The gain in U.S. market share by Apple could be attributed to the often more affluent Apple buyers. With Mac systems costing more than similar PCs, the typical Apple buyer tends to be more affluent and possibly less affected by the slowing economy in America.

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RE: Eh?
By Shane McGlaun on 4/17/2008 3:46:12 PM , Rating: 1
It's funny how if you write anything about Apple you are either called a hater or a fan boy. I am neither, the simple fact is that I don't care about Apple one way or the other. I owned a MacBook once, I hated it. I own an iPhone and love it. Give me the choice between a Mac and a PC and I'll take the PC every time. I'm rather indifferent to brands of computers on the whole. I roll my own.

RE: Eh?
By masher2 on 4/17/2008 3:57:28 PM , Rating: 6
It's funny how if you write anything about Apple you are either called a hater or a fan boy
That's why I stick to safe, noncontentious issues like climate change.

RE: Eh?
By darkpaw on 4/17/2008 4:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
OK, this has to be one of the best comments of the year so far.

RE: Eh?
By ImSpartacus on 4/17/2008 4:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
Quite epic indeed. Wow, that was brilliant.

RE: Eh?
By KristopherKubicki on 4/17/2008 6:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
Brilliant :)

RE: Eh?
By just4U on 4/17/2008 11:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say give that man a " 7 " if there was such a thing! Sometimes you just have to save keeper lines like that for the oportune moment.

RE: Eh?
By ImSpartacus on 4/17/2008 11:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
Pfff, concrete numbers are for babies. Just put an infinity sign in there and be done.

RE: Eh?
By Locutus465 on 4/18/2008 12:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
This the single most well deserved 6 I've ever seen. I hope you don't mind but I might steal this quote :)

RE: Eh?
By hiscross on 4/18/2008 12:30:54 PM , Rating: 1
Or like what liberals call Irresponsible safe sex better known as abortion.

RE: Eh?
By clnee55 on 4/21/2008 4:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I stick to safe, noncontentious issues like climate change.

It depends on you use a Mac or a PC to study climate change. You are not that safe.

RE: Eh?
By ImSpartacus on 4/17/2008 4:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
Can you honestly tell me that an article titled "PC growth falls, Mac growth increases" doesn't draw any premature conclusions for the reader?

The gain in U.S. market share by Apple could be attributed to the often more affluent Apple buyers. With Mac systems costing more than similar PCs, the typical Apple buyer tends to be more affluent and possibly less affected by the slowing economy in America.

So Mac buyers are richer? PC's are the poor man's machine? I love Macs just as much as the next man (Macbook Pro = win), and PC's have a purpose (Gaming FTW), but I don't expect to see any bias in the news articles I read.

How about you don't bias Mac's or PC's, then you wouldn't be considered a hater or fanboy. No one said it's an easy line to walk, but your a journalist for god's sake.

RE: Eh?
By MeTaedet on 4/17/2008 5:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
No, I wouldn't call you a "hater" or a "fanboy". The most accurate term is perhaps "shill", but that's just a tad too severe.

This article and the one written by Jason Mick recently, when you strip away the verbiage, essentially convey to the reader:

"Apple products not as bad or unpopular as you thought. Here why don't you buy some? Everyone else is doing it."

Even if your intentions were not to bolster sales, the articles still had (or, rather, may have) that effect. If that were stripped away, what would be left? The effect of transmitting some truly uninteresting and useless information to a phlegmatic audience? I just don't see the point. And taking into consideration that both articles have featured some numerical inaccuracies, dubious conclusions, disreputable citations, and problems of basic logic, perhaps you'll forgive me for calling your motivations into question and insinuating semi-facetiously that Jason Mick wrote your article on your behalf at the price of sex with a handsome, young, coquettish buck seductively presenting an apple.

RE: Eh?
By just4U on 4/17/2008 11:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
How do you figure that? Bolster sales of Mac's I mean. Last time I looked there wasn't a diehard following of Apple lovers frequenting these forums. ( I know there's a few out there).

If you ask me, DailyTech post's articles that are going to get comments. Sure they use some catchy lines and but it's more or less the feedback that results from it all that's the main thing. There are just certain topics that people zone in on more then others.

I've heard that word used a couple times today .. What the hecks a Shill? Before today I'd never heard of the word.. so curious.

RE: Eh?
By MeTaedet on 4/18/2008 5:10:05 AM , Rating: 2
Where? On DailyTech? I hadn't seen the word once before I made my post, nor anytime after. So, if you are suggesting that I was simply parroting others' sentiments, you are mistaken.

As to arguments in your first paragraph, why would a sensible person preach to the choir? What would be the sense in targeting pro-Apple propaganda to a demographic that already enjoys and purchases Apple products when you have an anti-Apple crowd out there ripe for the picking? That's the group in which they take the most interest, I assure you.

If you don't think articles like these, dissimulated advertisements presented as legitimate new items propped up against spurious or questionable sources and data, have any effect on the average, highly suggestible, easily manipulated person, then you are terribly naive. Although, I will grant that Dailytechers may be so entrenched in their pro-PC feeling that they would never even begin to think to defect to the other side.

So, I believe that you're either overestimating the intelligence and/or imperviousness to suggestion of the Dailytech crowd, or the sense and/or knowledge of those would might be inclined to hire a Dailytech shill to advertise to said crowd or both.

And I will also admit that Shaun and Jason probably are not shills, but that leaves me wondering what their motivation for posting this crap may have been.

RE: Eh?
By just4U on 4/18/2008 8:45:11 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't see it. Tech minded people are more likely to browse this over and roll their eyes. Not rush out and purchase a Mac. I think DT gives us just a wee bit more credit than that.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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