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Zune Marketplace catching up with iTunes?

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Tue May 1, 2007

Zune Store Catching iTunes

Microsoft's Zune Marketplace is quickly catching up to its rival at Apple, a new report says. The company today revealed that it now lists three million songs on offer as part of its online music store; while still well short of iTunes, the figure is an increase from the 2.5 million on offer as reported by Zune product manager Matt Jubilirer -- a jump of 20 percent in the space of only four months.

While well behind iTunes, which reached 5 million songs across its library last month, the tally points to a better-than -equal pace of growth for the Microsoft-run store. The Zune Marketplace had started with roughly two million tracks for download upon its launch in mid-November of last year, compared to Apple's then far larger 3.5 million songs during the same period.

Microsoft has yet to provide recent updates to the number of songs sold through the service, however, and claims only that it should sell one million Zune devices by the end of June 2007.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. chotty

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    Excuse me...

  1. mgehman

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    Yeah they list 2.5 million songs...but do they sell any?

  1. bobolicious

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    ...rules...! :)

  1. JacquesDav

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    What's a Zune...

    (Just speaking for the vast majority of the market.)

  1. mitchcohen

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    Misleading title

    A very misleading title; is there an editor in the house? :-)

    Microsoft's stock of music is now half that of iTunes. Big deal. If I had enough money I could open a store with half the stock of my neighborhood WalMart. Would that mean I was catching up with WalMart? No, because I wouldn't have sold a darned thing, and that's what counts.

  1. koolkid1976

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    stupid article

    Having more songs was hardly ever a bragging point for the iTunes store. It was usually a side note and for the most part always almost equal to that of Napster and others.

  1. eldarkus

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    re:misleading title

    is there an editor in the house? :-)

    That's funny!!!

  1. l008com

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    Yeah another lame article title for MacNN that totally misleads you into thinking the article is about something completely different. Anything for ad impressions I guess.

  1. jarod

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    Microgarbage. Enough said.

  1. willed

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    Bad reporting

    The headline suggests that the Zune Marketplace is catching up in sales, whereas in fact it's catching up in the number of tunes offered. Of course Apple's pace is slowing - there are only so many tracks out there in the first place! Stupid article.

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