With swirling rumour around flattening iPod and iTunes sales, Apple quietly but firmly let everyone know that it is the second biggest music retailer in the US. The major labels certainly won’t be too pleased to hear that while grasping to the ‘Amazon will save us…’ leaflet.

In the UK, iTunes still dominates and across Europe its position is growing stronger at a pace that leaves all the other DMS starting to cross off the weeks until meltdown day. In a volume market game, the players are starting to look thinner on the ground.