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March 20, 2006 at 3:57 PM

Is iTunes about to catch RealPlayer?

Extrapolated data from Internet marketing firm Web Site Optimization is getting some attention today because it suggests that the number of users of Apple’s iTunes player will surpass that of RealNetworks’ RealPlayer by midyear.

Using data from Nielsen//NetRatings, the firm forecasts trend lines and guesses that by mid-2006, the number of iTunes and RealPlayer users will be tied at 30 million and the number of Windows Media Player users will hit 80 million. It seems a little unfair to extrapolate iTunes data based on its recent growth patterns — the service is much newer than the others — but there seems to be no doubt that RealPlayer growth has been fairly flat over the last two years.

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