Apple's global marketshare has reached 2.5 per cent, multiple reports confirm.

Piper Jaffray confirmed this yesterday. Apple held 2.2 per cent of the market last year.

Today, MacObserver reveals figures from analysts at IDC which add credibility to Piper Jaffray's assertion.

Analysts positive on Apple

"Apple's share of the worldwide personal computer market grew 34.8 per cent in the second quarter," the report states. Today's Apple is the world's eighth-largest PC maker.

Director of IDC director of its Worldwide PC Tracker Program Loren Loverde described the growth as "positive for Apple", stressing the company's need to maintain momentum.

Mac mini makes 15 per cent desktop sales

While figures are still being analysed, IDC said that Apple's Mac mini accounted for 15 per cent of the company's 687,000 desktop sales.

Continued success for Apple's iPod and iTunes Music Store also drove Mac hardware sales, the analyst indicated, adding further anecdotal proof of the power of Apple's "iPod halo" factor.

Shiny, shiny, shiny iPod halo

"It seems Apple is seeing some real connection between the success of its online music business and the iPod and their PC business," Loverde said.

The analyst warned of the difficulty of proving the iPod's positive impact on sales, but observed that Apple's market growth, "coincides pretty well with the visibility of its music business."