According to NPD, Apple's iTunes now sells 25% of all music in the US. That's up from 21% last year, and 14% the year before. Zoom. Zoom. Walmart, by contrast, is at 14% combining their real-world stores and online distribution.
In the strictly digital domain -- which continues to gain share -- iTunes accounts for 69% of downloadable music, with Amazon trailing at 8%.
Apple is building a huge, billion dollar data center in North Carolina. However, no one outside Cupertino knows exactly what it's going to be used for (insert Skynet, Matrix, App Store review AI jokes here). That doesn't mean people aren't theorizing, however, including Rich Miller is editor of Data Center Knowledge, who calls the facility "big-a$$":
According to market research company Gfk and their recent survey, it seems like Japan has fallen in love with the iPhone 3GS. So much so that in the month of July, the good people there have made Apple's 32GB iPhone 3GS the most popular cell phone in all of Japan.
Looks like Wednesday, September 9 might just be this year's date for Apple's annual iPod and iTunes event, where it's widely expected we'll see the third generation iPod touch (with video camera?), iTunes 9 (with Blu-Ray and "social" integration?), as well as other refreshes to Apple's music-themed lineup.
As you might have heard, TomTom's GPS application hit the App Store late yesterday. Questions still remain regarding the much anticipated TomTom car kit and if it would be compatible with the iPod Touch or other GPS applications. Macrumors is now reporting that TomTom public relations manager Yann Lafargue says yes, you will be able to use other GPS applications along with Apple's iPod Touch with the car kit.
With news of TomTom hitting Apple's App Store it's time to start looking out for great deals from the other GPS apps that are currently available. Today we were notified that one of the most feature filled GPS apps, Sygic Mobile Maps for the US is on sale for a limited time and it's priced to sell - $39.99. [iTunes Link]
We've used Sygic Mobile Maps and it is well worth $39.99 if you are within the United States. The sale ends at the end of this month so be sure to act fast! It contains some very nice features with some of the highlights as followed:
Voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation
Rotation sensor for automatic switching between landscape/portrait operation in real-time
Automatic return to the app and the route after a phone call
All important safety features, including lane assistance, speed limit indication, safety cameras, information about railway crossings and dangerous areas
Thousands of POIs; among others also a list of parking options nearby for you to select and be guided to
selection between car and bicycle modes for optimum route calculation
All the maps will be stored on the device, there will be no need to download data on the go, which otherwise costs unnecessary waiting time and money