large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Between AirPods and Beats, Apple now owns the wireless headphones market

Apple’s AirPods have already captured an astonishing 26% of the wireless headphones market, according to new research published on Wednesday.

According to Slice Intelligence (via AppleInsider), the £159 cable-free buds have accounted for a quarter of all wireless headphones sold since they became available last month.

The research also claimed Apple-owned Beats racked up 15.49 per cent of the trade in that time, giving Cupertino over 41% of the market overall.

Prior to the belated launch of AirPods, Beats had 24.1% of the market, according to the figures, so there is evidence the W1-enabled buds have cannibalised Apple’s other business somewhat.

Related: Are AirPods any good?

Meanwhile, there has been significant loss of market share for the likes of Bose, Jaybird and Plantronics during the last month. That, of course, is likely to even out once the initial rush to snap up Apple’s AirPods has died off.

Interestingly, according to the data compiled from e-receipts, headphone sales on the day AirPods eventually arrived were the highest of 2016. They eclipsed Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Prime Day.

The figures published this week appear to justify Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 range.

While not alone in ditching the century-old technology for a wireless or adapter driven solution, Apple’s profile means it took the brunt of the criticism.

If that criticism hurt Apple in any way, the company is likely wiping those tears away with $100 bills right now.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus

Have you tried AirPods yet? Do they represent value for money? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.