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iPod's impact wows Windows crowd
Report: 1M PC users purchased Macs for the first time in 2005, thanks to iPod's 'halo effect.'
November 8, 2005: 7:53 AM EST
Strong sales of Apple's iPod have helped fuel the company's success.
Strong sales of Apple's iPod have helped fuel the company's success.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - More than 1 million Windows users bought Mac computers for the first time this year, according to a recent report.

PC users are converting to Macintosh computers in growing numbers, thanks in part to the stunning success of the Apple (Research) iPod, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

"The 'halo effect' is clearly alive and well," Charles Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Co., told the newspaper.

With almost 30 million iPods sold, analysts said the popular item is spreading its glow over Apple's personal computers, according to the report.

"Apple has attracted a much larger audience for its personal computers due to the success of the iPod," Steve Lidberg, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, told the newspaper. "There are definitely a lot of people who are joining the Mac ecosystem for the first time."

Over the last several quarters, as Apple marketed new and improved iPods, Mac have sales jumped, reaching 48 percent year-over-year growth in the latest quarter.

Apple's next big announcement is expected to be the rollout of the first Mac computers using processors made by Intel (Research), whose chips already power many Windows machines.


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