This is in "The Australian" IT section this morning about Apple shares:
The shares, which started the year around $US21, soared more than $60 for the first time in four years – and one analyst, Gene Munster of the Piper Jaffray stockbroking and investment form, predicted they would hit $100. Munster quoted a Piper Jaffray survey of 200 iPod buyers. It found 6 per cent were former Windows PC users who have purchased a Mac after buying an iPod, and another 7 per cent plan to buy a Mac within 12 months.
Maaate. That's pretty amazing. I have noticed lately that the sales guy at the AppleCentre in Moonee Ponds who sold me my podfreq, Jonathan Wrigley, has a good tactic whenever I go into his store. I'm not sure if this is deliberate or not, but he has a tendancy to get me into a conversation about something that's new or cool. "Hey Cameron have you seen that new green laser on thinkgeek?". I say "nuh" and he says... "Well come have a look" and walks over to a huge widescreen Mac and opens Safari and, while he's opening the site, I'm thinking "wow these mac's really are sweet". So I understand why people are moving.
Apple's revenues last year were about US$8B. If iPod's help them increase their Mac sales by 1%, that's $80 million freebies. And their shareprice is up 200% this year. Good work Steve. BillG and SteveB can badmouth the iPod all they like, but I bet a lot of MSFT shareholders would like to see something spike THEIR shareprice like that.