Snow Leopard Outsells Predecessors in Opening Weeks of Availability
September 17, 2009 1:15 PM
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Snow Leopard sold nearly twice as many copies as Tiger and Leopard in first few weeks
Apple is selling its latest Mac OS Snow Leopard at a very brisk pace according to reports from research firm NPD. NPD reports that the sales of Snow Leopard have far exceeded the sales of the previous operating systems Leopard and Tiger.
According to numbers gathered by NPD, Apple has
sold nearly twice as many
copies of Snow Leopard as it did Leopard and almost four times as many copies compared to Tiger. Another important metric for Apple is the fact that while sales of Snow Leopard have decreased since the first week the OS was offered, the decrease hadn't been nearly as significant as the past two OS updates over the same period.
NPD reports that
has seen sales decrease about 25% after its first week of release. Leopard and Tiger sales decreased by about 60% after the first week of availability in comparison. Stephen Baker from NPD said, "Even though some considered Snow Leopard to be less feature-focused than the releases of Leopard or Tiger, the ease of upgrading to Snow Leopard and the affordable pricing made it a win-win for Apple computer owners — thus helping to push sales to record numbers."
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9/18/2009 4:02:13 AM
1. During meetings with shareholders/investors they warned that itunes would lower their profit margins due to it selling high volume but very low margin music sales.
Think about it: They give itunes away. Most only buy 25 songs for their player.
2. The only PCs that are made today that are experiencing any sort of growth is the $300 netbook; it's clearly like you said something Apple doesn't want. Neither do I; I won't make a junky computer, and I refuse to sell a computer to a person who doesn't appreciate a good product. Likewise, those same cheap people would never spend money on a real person to help them out, and since I cannot charge ahead of time a reasonable cost to cover future warranty repairs without making my PC cost $200 more than what is at the store, nobody wants my computer.
I avoid those people at all costs.
Once OSX is available for cheap hardware, what will keep Apple alive? How much should support cost if the software is only $99? Would you pay $200 for it when your hardware only costs $300?
It is one thing to sell an OS; its a totally different ballgame when you have to sustain your business.
Software sells hardware! People will buy Macs because of Final Cut, or OSX or because how well the hardware integrates.
3. The only reason why that model you suggested works for Microsoft is because they are a monopoly. They've done all they've can to stifle competition. Microsoft still has its stupid OEMs say "We recommend the lastest version of windows." Why? That's all they sell!
Think about it: Who buys a retail copy of Windows? Who pays for any distro of Linux? Who ever upgraded Vista Basic to Premium? For that matter, who buys upgrades for Windows? Most people just buy a new PC since it requires new hardware anyhow to run it right, especially Vista.
Aside from their mice and keyboards, what hardware venture has Microsoft done well? The xbox? Zune? Orgami? Gizmodo? Playsforsure?
Consider also this: Most people in 2007 had me downgrade the computer to XP. I've done work on business pcs with Vista Business stickers on them but have XP installed on them because they can't use Vista. Netbooks have XP on them due to their weaker hardware.
XP doesn't want to die. I wonder if Win7 will change that...
9/18/2009 5:46:38 AM
There are so many "most people" comments in your post. I allow people to use it once, twice at a push, but come on dude show some empirical evidence for your claims or be explicit that this is only your opinion and not the hard facts you present it as.
9/18/2009 2:26:03 PM
I think was he is trying to say is, it is easy to sell hardware because it is tangible and can't be user duplicated. Software is something that people can easily duplicate and thus has little perceived value.
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