100 Million: iPods Vs iPhones

It took Apple Five and a half years to sell 100 Million iPods. In just three and a half years, it has sold 100 Million iPhones.

CUPERTINO, California—April 9, 2007—Apple® today announced that the 100 millionth iPod® has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle.

Source: Apple

Apple announced, at its event in San Francisco Wednesday, that it has sold its 100 millionth iPhone.

When the iPhone first launched in June 2007, many questioned the long-term success of the product — could Apple, a newcomer to the mobile space, make a name for itself. The answer, unequivocally, is yes.

Source: Mashable

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Whats A Tweet Worth?

Google this term ‘Whats A Tweet Worth?’ , and you will find tonnes of results. There is a reason for that – how else do you value a company with no other assets, literally?


We spotted this statistic in wsj today – the monetary value of a single tweet –

At $10 billion, Twitter is valued at $105 for each of the 95 million tweets its users write every day.

Statistic Source: WSJ DealJournal

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Wall Street and The War On Iraq

We wrote about 135 Billion recently – the total Wall Street compensation for the year 2010. That number is strikingly close to another number that is a US priority – the war on Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, the US has budgeted 159.3 Billion USD for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the year 2011.

Statistics Source: Defense.gov

This equals that!

And, thinking that Wall Street deserves that 135 Billion would be a classic ‘fooled by randomness’ scenario. Iraq and Afghanistan we understand – Wall Street, we don’t !

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Starbucks, Gartner and App Stores: The 15 Billion Dollar Connection

We now have a brand new 15 Billion Dollar Industry – Well, if we are asked to take a guess, most of us would get this one right – bcos we all know, ‘there must be an app for that’ !

Gartner estimates that the app store industry would ring in revenues of 15 billion USDs, no less. This is a 190 percent increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion.

Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117 percent increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. By the end of 2014, Gartner forecast over 185 billion applications will have been downloaded from mobile app stores, since the launch of the first one in July 2008.

Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass $15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190 percent increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion.

Now that we have spotted this statistic, how do we digest this? Lets try this: the annual revenue of Starbucks. In 2010, Starbucks made USD 10.7 billion in revenue. So our hypothesis is right: the act of buying an app from the app store is comparable to having a coffee at Starbucks. Well, more or less 🙂

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Updated: 100 Dollars – The Market Value Of An Active Facebook User

We had recently calculated the market value of an active Facebook user at 82 Dollars – well, erase that, thats outdated. Goldman and some Russian investors just invested 500 million into Facebook at a 50 Billion Dollar valuation – that brings the value of an active Facebook user to 100 Dollars (assuming that the active user base is around 500 million).

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Jobs to Bezos: You Sell One, I’ll Sell Two!

Based on the latest numbers (and estimates) for iPad and Kindle sales, iPad seems to be outselling the Kindle by a ratio of 2:1. Amazon has sold an estimated 8 Million Kindle units for the whole of 2010, whereas Apple has sold as much in two quarters (until September). Agreed, the Holiday numbers are not out yet, but we doubt if that will change the ratio by much.

Statistics Source: Bloomberg and Google.

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82 Dollars: The Market Value Of An Active Facebook User

One way or the other, Facebook needs to make money off its user base. Based on current valuation of facebook (41 billion USD) and active user numbers (500 million) – Congrats, if you are an active Facebook User, your facebook lifetime is valued at 82 Dollars. Would you sell out?

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One Las Vegas Casino equals 23 Movie Screens

Las vegas raked in gambling revenues of USD 10 billion in the year 2009. This number, is comparable to the total amount spent by the whole of US on movies. Why is this comparison important?

The total number of licensed gambling operations in Las Vegas equals 1701. And the total number of movie screens in the US? 39,233.  Purely from a revenue perspective then, each gambling operation in Las Vegas equals 23 Movie Screens.

Statistics Source: The Economist, NATO Statistics.

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