Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that recently published data from NPD showing a 7% increase in Mac sales year-over-year for July and August, ahead of expectations. In contrast, the same data originally published by Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, shows a 16% drop in iPod sales year-over-year, this is below expectations.
Munster says NPD data from July and August show Mac sales up 7% year-over-year through August, while the Street is expecting 5% year-over-year growth for the quarter.
Back-to-school sales in the first few months of the quarter probably helped, but at least Apple could handle some deceleration this month and still meet expectations. (And Apple’s international growth, not represented in NPD’s figures, should help, too.)
This should come as no shock, as even the execs at Apple expect iPod sales to decline as more and more customers migrate to the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. That said, the new camera equipped iPod nano’s introduced last week may have a positive impacted on Apple’s “traditional MP3 player” market.