Microsoft sells 10 million Kinect sensors, Guinness names it “fastest selling consumer electronics device”
Since landing on store shelves November 4, Microsoft has sold 10 million Kinect sensors worldwide. In addition, Kinect drove significant game sales with more than 10 million standalone Kinect games sold worldwide to date. It’s true–the sensor does come bundled with a free game called Kinect Adventures; but notice that the company specifies so many standalone Kinect games have been sold, so they’re not cheating us with that number. Guinness World Records has stepped in to name Kinect for Xbox 360 the “fastest selling consumer electronics device.” We all saw this feat coming; 1 million sensors were sold during its first 10 days on the market and then over 2.5 million of them were reported to have been sold in 25 days. To say this motion accessory is a wild success is quite the understatement. Sony, your move.
In mid-November, Apple Inc. and Apple Corps. put their differences aside and finally agreed to put the entire Beatles music collection onto iTunes, the #1 retailer of music. Now that some time has passed, it’s time to take a look at the sales figures, and boy are they mighty impressive. Let’s do some comparing. During its very first week on iTunes, record company EMI reported that 2 million songs and 450,000 albums were sold. And now about two months later, Apple says iTunes customers have purchased 5 million songs and 1 million albums in total. For music that’s over 40 years old, these numbers are certainly staggering but expected; Beatles music rocks and now people have an easily accessible way to get their hands on it. Can you guess what the most popular song and album is? Well here’s your answer: “Here Comes the Sun” and Abbey Road, respectively.
The suits at Sony have something to smile about. Today the company reported having shipped 1 million PlayStation Move controllers in North and Latin America in the first 30 days of availability. SCEA CEO Jack Tretton is enthused to say the least. “Retail demand is incredibly strong and we’re working hard to keep the product in stock”, he said. “We believe consumers have already shown their preference for a precise, interactive game experience. We are on target to meet our end of year goals and expect sales to increase as our publishers and developers continue to update popular titles and introduce new games.” This is certainly great news for Sony, but Joystiq makes a solid point when they say this announcement does not help you figure the precise install base of the new motion controller. Many PS3 owners likely purchased more than one Move for two-hand and multiplayer functionality. Still, this does not take away the fact that Sony has something powerful in their (er, our) hands. Right now there’s 24 Move-supported titles out, with 17 more promised before the year runs out. I gotta get my Move on. Full PR after the break.
Yeah people, that’s what I’m talking about! Thanks to contributions from all over, Kid Cudi has sold 104,419 in-store copies of his freshman album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. He fell just shy of the number one spot behind Muse’s Resistance which sold 125,322 copies. The album landed itself at the number four spot on the charts behind Muse, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do yourself a great favor and get it right this instant. It’s medicine for the soul I tell you. Here, I’ll make it easy for you: