iTMS Germany: Leader?
Last week, German T-Online's MusicLoad claimed they were number one in Germany's digital music download marked according to IFPI's numbers, with 15 mio downloads per year. Now, Apple claims they have 15.5 mio downloads per year
(link in German).
According to the linked heise.de article, IFPI claimed that all other music services shared about 6 mio downloads for the year 2005, but critics already claimed that this number was far too low. Besides: T-Online's 15 mio number contained 1.5 percent songs given away for marketing, whereas Apple's 15.5 mio number is without any free song-downloads. World-wide, Apple's iTMS claims more than 80 percent market share (according to Apple), but in Europe, where iTMS was particularly late (and others started early), Apple actually had a fight to win. Apparently, they're doing just this.Update:
heise.de updates their article with information that IFPI says their preliminary number did not contain individual songs from album sales, only single sales. Complete numbers would not be released until March 21st 2006.