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Apple profit surges 95 percent on iPod sales
Yahoo News ^ | 01/18/2006

Posted on 01/18/2006 6:12:19 PM PST by Panerai

Apple Computer reported a 95 percent rise in quarterly profits on exploding sales of its iPod music players, and notched more than one billion dollars in sales through its retail stores. ADVERTISEMENT

Apple s stock, though, fell in after-hours trading because Apple offered a forecast that fell short of Wall Street estimates.

Apple reported net income of 565 million dollars, or 65 cents a share, for the first fiscal quarter to December 31, up from 295 million a year earlier. The report beat analyst forecasts of a profit of 55 cents per share.

Sales rose 64 percent to 5.75 billion dollars. Chief executive Steve Jobs disclosed Apple's quarterly revenue result January 10 at the Macworld conference in San Francisco.

Consumers snapped up 14 million iPod devices during the holiday quarter, and Apple has now sold more than 40 million since late 2001. The groundbreaking product has transformed Apple from a niche PC maker into the leading purveyor of digital media.

Apple also sold 1.25 million Macintosh computers during the quarter, a figure that was up 20 percent from the year-earlier figure. Apple is in the process of transitioning its Mac line to Intel rocessors, and it expects to have all of its PCs running on Intel chips by the end of this year.

"We are thrilled to report the best quarter in Apple's history," said Jobs.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: apple; getamac; ipod
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1 posted on 01/18/2006 6:12:22 PM PST by Panerai
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To: Panerai

Fad or not, ipods are here to stay.


2 posted on 01/18/2006 6:13:32 PM PST by Lauretij2
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To: Panerai
Props to Apple.

I'm considering one of the new Intel based iMac machines.
3 posted on 01/18/2006 6:14:58 PM PST by birbear (You know what? This is crap. We're going to stop this.)
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To: Panerai

As an ex-Microsoft Borg, I say Kudos to Apple. But I'm not giving up my PC until Macs are cheaper.


4 posted on 01/18/2006 6:17:23 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: Panerai

I just bought the iPod Shuffle. Neat little player, great sound and about the size of a pack of gum.


5 posted on 01/18/2006 6:18:31 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: Lauretij2
Geeks discussing the iPod and how it will ruin Apple. Circa October, 2001.
6 posted on 01/18/2006 6:19:14 PM PST by IncPen (Torture should be safe, legal, and rare.)
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To: Lauretij2

"Fad or not, ipods are here to stay."

NOT!

Cellphones will quickly become a "do everything" device. Hell, my cellphone which is going on 2 year old technology does everything an ipod does, full pda, gps, internet browser, etc, and watch TV if I paid for the service.

Ipods are just a fad.

BTW, the Treo 650 is one AWESOME phone.


7 posted on 01/18/2006 6:19:21 PM PST by diverteach
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To: reagan_fanatic

I'm a BIG fan ... but the earnings came in under expectations. Stock way down in the after market. :(


8 posted on 01/18/2006 6:20:42 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: diverteach

Ipods will evolve... they are not a fad..

C


9 posted on 01/18/2006 6:22:10 PM PST by ARA
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To: diverteach

I think that the Apple name - even if it isn't the best technology - and a number of other factors mean the iPod is here to stay.

I just bought an iPod video last week (having already had a Shuffle and a 2Gen model) and, I've just got to say, I love the thing.

The biggest things Apple has going for it are:

1) iTunes.
2) Name recognition.

I bought my first iPod because, having used iTunes to buy stuff, it was the easiest way to export it to an MP3 player.

My iPod video also serves as a sort of PVR (I bought their damned proprietary video cable), it's just great.


10 posted on 01/18/2006 6:22:59 PM PST by furquhart (God is not dead)
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To: diverteach

Apple is working on iPhone. Stay tuned...


11 posted on 01/18/2006 6:23:40 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: BunnySlippers
Apple reported net income of 565 million dollars, or 65 cents a share, for the first fiscal quarter to December 31, up from 295 million a year earlier. The report beat analyst forecasts of a profit of 55 cents per share.
12 posted on 01/18/2006 6:23:54 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: diverteach; Lauretij2
>"Fad or not, ipods are here to stay."
>>NOT! Cellphones will quickly become a "do everything" device.

I have heard rumors
Google is going to team
with Apple and make

some kind of add-on
to the iPod that cheaply
will turn the iPod

into a whiz-bang
do-everything web browser
and everything else . . .

13 posted on 01/18/2006 6:23:58 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: diverteach
"Ipods are just a fad" - and if apple comes out with their own phone/ipod, they have already trademarked the term "Mobile Me" for a mobile device. All the geniuses who claim that the ipod is a fad, conveniently seem to overlook how the ipod has continued to improve and evolve, and stay on top of other mp3 players.
14 posted on 01/18/2006 6:24:23 PM PST by Panerai
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To: ambrose; Cagey; CFC__VRWC; cyborg; DaveMSmith; Dont Mention the War; flyingspacemonkey; Glenn; ...
iPod
Send FReepmail if you want on/off iPing list
The List of Ping Lists

15 posted on 01/18/2006 6:25:13 PM PST by martin_fierro (You'll thank me later.)
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To: Panerai

I bought the Creative Zen Sleek, 20GB for the same price as the iPod Nano.

Works great, and I didn't give commie Jobs a red cent. Love it.


16 posted on 01/18/2006 6:25:33 PM PST by American_Centurion (A liberal is a socialist who isn't quite willing to get blood on his hands yet. -KarlInOhio)
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To: IncPen
Geeks discussing the iPod and how it will ruin Apple. Circa October, 2001.

LOL, that's why a market economy is so wonderful.

17 posted on 01/18/2006 6:32:24 PM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: diverteach

Posting from a 650 right now.


18 posted on 01/18/2006 6:37:39 PM PST by Cooter
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To: cmsgop

I can tell you I turned off my Reuters machine 2 hours after the closing bell. Apple was trading in the 77 to 78 range. From Investor's Business Daily (which I also used to work for):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ibd/20060119/bs_ibd_ibd/2006118feature

Apple's stock fell 3% to 82.49 in trading Wednesday, ahead of the earnings release. It tumbled another 4% in after-hours trading following the report.


19 posted on 01/18/2006 6:39:25 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: diverteach

Posting on a Treo 650 right now.


20 posted on 01/18/2006 6:41:09 PM PST by Cooter
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To: Panerai

You can do so much better than an iPod at such a better price.


21 posted on 01/18/2006 6:42:22 PM PST by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: Panerai

The insiders I know, whose info has always checked out, tell me in strict confidence that the next iPod model will have a keyboard, a 17'' screen, willrun Apple's version of Linux, and will be smaller than the current iPod nano.


22 posted on 01/18/2006 6:43:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: BunnySlippers

" It tumbled another 4% in after-hours trading following the report."

Didn't "outperform" enough.


23 posted on 01/18/2006 6:47:09 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: BunnySlippers

Yes it did, and if you look at AAPL History it the stock always fall on good news. Apple got picked on today for a delay in the pipeline for the intel machines. This stock has brought me happiness since 98.


24 posted on 01/18/2006 6:47:42 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: Cooter

"Posting on a Treo 650 right now."

Can you see your post now, lol?


25 posted on 01/18/2006 6:48:20 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: diverteach
Who the hell wants an MP3 player built into their cellphone? Last thing I want to have happen is to have a phone call come through my earphones when I'm halfway through a Beethoven symphony or even George Thorogood's greatest hits for that matter.
26 posted on 01/18/2006 6:49:47 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Blizzard coming to Northeast U.S.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Happens often.


27 posted on 01/18/2006 6:50:54 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
OMG, Apple fell to a price they were selling at on 1/09 - ahhraugh, sell everything! Save the children, the sky is falling!
28 posted on 01/18/2006 6:52:01 PM PST by GregoryFul
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To: cmsgop

Hmmm ... well, I'll just say I love Macs.
GREAT machines!


29 posted on 01/18/2006 6:52:08 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Lauretij2

Yep, though I'm sure some clones will happen by soon for a quarter of the price.


30 posted on 01/18/2006 6:52:56 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: GregoryFul

Well, one of the biggie analysts came in with a price target in excess of $100. I have no doubt we'll see it. ;-)


31 posted on 01/18/2006 6:53:53 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: A CA Guy
Yep, though I'm sure some clones will happen by soon for a quarter of the price.

iPod is about content. Will they be able to provide the large array of offerings that Apple is?

32 posted on 01/18/2006 6:55:19 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers
That they are, I have a Bondi-Blue 233, a 400 DV, and a G-5 iMac at home,and for my business I have a G-4 iMac. I have never had a PC in my life, although I do want one for fun :*)
33 posted on 01/18/2006 6:56:14 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: cmsgop

:-D

I have 5 ... never had a PC either!


34 posted on 01/18/2006 6:57:14 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers

Do me a favor and send me up a Tommy's Burger,God I miss those.........


35 posted on 01/18/2006 6:57:43 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: cmsgop

In-n-Out Rulz!


36 posted on 01/18/2006 6:59:27 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Panerai
The iPod is neat but:

1. If you're a PC user you have to learn how to use iTunes, a fairly complicated and finicky piece of software, just to copy music to the iPod.

2. Apple should offer a separate battery charger for their newest iPod models at extremely low cost--a lot of people don't want to hog a USB port just to charge the unit.

37 posted on 01/18/2006 7:01:28 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Panerai
Apple profit surges 95 percent on iPod sales

I DEMAND Congressional hearings immediately on these obscene profits!
38 posted on 01/18/2006 7:01:57 PM PST by atomicweeder
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To: AbeKrieger
You can do so much better than an iPod at such a better price.

I have a Creative Zen Touch, 40 Gb. Paid $250 for it and so far have 725 full CDs loaded on it (almost 8,000 tracks) in high-quality WMA, with 76% space used, so plenty of room for more. I have another 100 or so CDs around the house somewhere to get to. My entire collection in one box, with better sound quality than the iCult provides, at a lower price, with a battery that'll last 20 or more hours.

For the life of me, I can't understand why someone would pay upwards of $200 for something that only holds 20-30 albums. Unless they're making some kind of weird gay fashion-slave statement, I suppose.

39 posted on 01/18/2006 7:02:40 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: cmsgop
Do me a favor and send me up a Tommy's Burger,God I miss those.........

Man, I could go for 6 or 8 of those, too. It's been almost 30 years . . . . . .

I'd probably even get chili on one or two for old time's sake.

40 posted on 01/18/2006 7:04:17 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: RayChuang88

" If you're a PC user you have to learn how to use iTunes, a fairly complicated and finicky piece of software, just to copy music to the iPod."

Complicated? Finicky? I'm on a Mac, and it's just drag and drop onto the icon. What's to learn?


41 posted on 01/18/2006 7:06:18 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Hank Rearden

An Iriver h320 with the new Rockbox open source firmware puts apple to shame.


42 posted on 01/18/2006 7:07:14 PM PST by RHINO369
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To: RegulatorCountry
Complicated? Finicky? I'm on a Mac, and it's just drag and drop onto the icon. What's to learn?

Using the iPod on the Mac is easy--the software runs mostly to Apple's GUI conventions. But doing it on a PC is something else, because it doesn't work like what you see from a Windows program.

43 posted on 01/18/2006 7:29:43 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: BunnySlippers

Barring extrinsic negative shocks to the market, AAPL reaches par about April, I would think, and so place my chips.


44 posted on 01/18/2006 7:34:15 PM PST by GregoryFul
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To: Hank Rearden

Remember that Big Ass Tomato ???


45 posted on 01/18/2006 7:35:27 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: Panerai

We need a special too much profit on ipods tax. </sarcasm>


46 posted on 01/18/2006 7:41:09 PM PST by A message
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To: Hank Rearden
The Ballad of Hank Rearden

Sung to the tune of "Junk Food Junkie"
(with apologies to Larry Groce)

You know Hank loves his M$ Windows
He always asks for more
And they call him Mr. Microsoft
On down to the Best Buy store.
He only uses good old Word
Linux don’t touch his drive
And he’s on FR just ragging them
Apple folks with all his jive.

Oh, but at night he takes out his strong box
That he keeps under lock and key
And takes it off too his closet
Where nobody else can see
He opens the door so slowly
And looks around his house
And pulls out an Apple iBook
And plugs in a mighty mouse.

Yeah, in the daytime he’s Mr. Microsoft
And loves his Dell PC
But at night he’s an Apple Junkie
Metrosexual as can be.

Well, at daytime you can always find him
At the Microsoft patching site,
Just plugging the latest M$ flaw
And running Norton Firewall light,
With an Adaware scan for dessert
Defragging his disk in a natural way
While checking for a patch alert.
Oh, yeah

Ah, but when that clock strikes midnight
And he’s all by his self,
He works that combination
On his secret hideaway shelf
And he pulls out an iPod Nano
With his iTunes on the sly
Then sits back in glorious expectation
Of a genuine Apple high

Yeah, in the daytime he’s Mr. Microsoft
With a new Gateway PC
But at night he’s an Apple Junkie
Hoping nobody else will see.

Oh his friends down at the Geek Squad
They think he’s pretty neat
Oh, he don’t know nothing about motherboards
But he can type with both his feet
He’s a friend to old Steve Balmer
And he runs his Fdisk twice
He’s got a Bill Gates autographed butterfly
And multiple Logitech mice.

Oh but lately he’s been spotted
With some ear buds on his chest
Stumbling to an Apple Genius Bar
Hugging a Power Mac to his breast
He’s afraid someday they’ll find him
Just stretched out on his bed
With a Power Book on his stomach
And an iSight by his head

Yeah, in the daytime Hank's Mr. Microsoft
Fixing his Acer Open PC
But at night he’s an Apple Junkie
Even worse than you or me.

47 posted on 01/18/2006 8:05:23 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: cmsgop
Remember that Big Ass Tomato ???

No, remind me! Remember Fatburger? I hear they went chain, which is probably good because the odds of getting killed at the original location weren't zero.

48 posted on 01/18/2006 8:12:45 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Panerai

"Apple profit surges 95 percent on iPod sales"

uh oh, time to start congressional hearings.


49 posted on 01/18/2006 8:14:15 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: Hank Rearden

I have a Fatburger in Redmond ,WA. I was there for the Grand Opening,LOL!


50 posted on 01/18/2006 8:26:23 PM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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