As expected, Hewlett-Packard announced today that it has added the iPod mini to its line of HP-branded iPods. As with the company’s 4G and photo iPods it sells, the “Apple iPod mini from HP” appears to be identical to Apple’s except for packaging and warranty details. The HP iPod mini will come in both 4GB and 6GB versions and will go on sale June 5. It’s not clear whether it will be available in all four colors.
HP also introduced HP Printable Tattoos for the iPod mini, which allow consumers to personalize the device with artwork, designs and photography. “During the next six months, HP will roll out more than 300 new images, including album art from the hottest bands and recording artists, as well as unique artwork,” the company said. “The new Tattoo gallery features sports, nature, lifestyle and art sections in addition to many other categories.”
As announced late last week, we’ve teamed up with Mediafour, publisher of XPlay, on a new photo contest for iPod owners. The “X Marks the Spot” contest will run for four weeks and will feature four different challenges with a total of four prizes.
To enter, submit a creative photograph of yourself and your iPod at each week’s themed location. Photos will be judged on the creative depiction of iPods in the context of each week’s theme. The deadline for this week’s entry—“Public iPod
Harman Multimedia is now offering an adapter for the JBL On Stage that makes the speaker system compatible with all iPod photo models. The new iPod photo adaptor is available free of charge to owners of the On Stage from JBL’s website. The company said the JBL On Stage is now being manufactured and distributed with the iPod photo attachment included.
In addition, Harman Multimedia has reduced the price on two of its popular desktop speaker systems. The JBL Encounter 2.1 and the Harman/Kardon SoundSticks II are now available for $149.95 and $169.95, respectively. Both were previously priced at $199.95.