Apple has confirmed the latest batch of reports claiming it to be the number one music retailer in the US.
Many news sources had questioned the NPD MusicWatch figures, pointing out that Apple had claimed to be the number two US retailer after the period covered by the latest research, which was January.
In fact, Apple claims, these new January figures are the latest available from the music retail sales researchers at NPD, and do indeed confirm Apple’s top slot in US music retail.
Apple released a press release to this effect at around 3pm, Eastern time.
"We launched iTunes less than five years ago, and it has now become the number one music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. "We are thrilled, and would like to thank all of our customers for helping us reach this incredible milestone."
The iTunes Store became the largest music retailer in the US based on the amount of music sold during January and February 2008, Apple explained.