News
News
3/17/2006
06:11 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

iTunes Gaining On RealPlayer

Apple Computer's iTunes music player is steadily gaining on RealNetworks' RealPlayer in number of users.

Apple Computer's iTunes music player is steadily gaining on RealNetworks's RealPlayer in number of users, a market research firm said Friday.

While the number of RealPlayer users has remained about the same for the last three years, iTunes's user base has more than tripled from 2005 to 2006, Nielsen/NetRatings said.

In January of this year, RealPlayer had 28.7 million users, compared with 28.2 million in the same month in 2005, the research firm said. In January 2004, RealPlayer had 28.6 million users.

ITunes's user base, on the other hand, soared to 18.6 million users in January from 5.4 million a year ago, helped no doubt by the popularity of Apple's iPod portable media device, which commands two thirds of the market. If the rate of growth continues this year, then iTunes, which debuted in April 2003, would surpass RealPlayer this year.

ITunes surpassed Apple's own QuickTime online video player in number of users last year. As of January, QuickTime had 12.8 million users, Nielsen/NetRatings said.

Nevertheless, the leader of the pack by a wide margin is Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media Player. In January of this year, Media Player's user base rose to 71.1 million from 60.8 million a year ago.

But iTunes at least since January 2004 has always led in the average amount of time users spend on the software. In January, the average was nearly one hour and 51 minutes, compared with about 46 minutes for RealPlayer and Windows Media Player.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - July 22, 2014
Sophisticated attacks demand real-time risk management and continuous monitoring. Here's how federal agencies are meeting that challenge.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.