Since our last streaming media player survey, Apple iTunes continues to gain market share. While iTunes usage continue to increase, all of the other streaming media players saw drops in users since our last survey.
From August 2010 to March 2011, Apple iTunes Player usage grew 3.2% from 43,257,000 users to 44,650,000 users. Meanwhile Microsoft Media Player users dropped 2.4% from 70,025,000 users to 68,324,000 users (see Table 1). QuickTime and RealPlayer also saw declines over the same time period. Combining iTunes and Quicktime users Apple streaming media users dropped 0.6% from Augusut 2010 to March 2011 from 59,414,000 users to 59,054,000 users. This decline is smaller than the 2.4% decline in Windows Media players, so the gap is closing.
|Month||iTunes||Apple QuickTime||iTunes+QuickTime||RealPlayer||Windows Media Player|
Looking at a graphical view of the data from November 2002 to March 2011 we see that Microsoft Windows Media Player users peaked around November 2008, and have steadily declined since then. iTunes usage continues to grow, showing the only growth among the four streaming media players surveyed (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Streaming Media Player Trends Nov. 2003 to March 2011
Our prediction that Apple would pass Microsoft in streaming media player usage was a bit premature. Looking at Figure 1 you'd think at current growth rates Apple would pass Microsoft around July 2011. I'd say that is overly optimistic as well, because Quicktime appears to be losing market share. It may be until late 2011 or even 2012 by the time Apple amasses enough users to pass Microsoft in streaming media users.
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