The iPod portable music player continues to be Apple’s growth machine. The company sold 6.12 million iPods in the third fiscal quarter of this year – an increase of 616 percent over the same quarter of last year. Combined with a 35 percent sales increase of Macintosh computers to 1.2 million units, Apple achieved sales $3.52 billion and earnings of $320 million in its most recent quarter, representing improvements of 75 percent and 425 percent over 2004, respectively.
According to the earnings release, the iPod brought $1.1 billion or about 29 percent of Apple’s total revenue, while the desktop and notebook business account for a total of about 42 percent. Other iPod-related revenues, including the iTunes music service, climbed to $852 million. (THG)