Graham Spencer for MacStories:
[S]martphones and tablets are devices that have universal appeal, so for Apple or any of the other three to win the smartphone or tablet “race” – an entertainment ecosystem that is available across the world, not just in the US, isn’t just a cool extra feature, it’s a necessity. The US may be one of the biggest markets for such devices today, but is there any doubt that these devices will rival the prevalence of personal computers (which are everywhere) in years to come?
As someone not based in the US, I’ve been waiting a long time for someone to make this sort of cross-comparison. These maps show very clearly the enormous lead Apple has over its rivals in the sales of music, movies, and TV shows. Amazon, of course, has a simply colossal lead over everyone in the eBook space. Interestingly, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has zero support across the board.