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CNET: HP, Apple harmonize on iPod

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By Dennis Lloyd

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Published: Thursday, January 8, 2004
News Categories: iPod

“‘Apple will manufacture the player, which will not have the iPod name but will have the same design and features as Apple’s third-generation iPod players, Phil Schiller, senior vice president at Apple, said in an interview. Also, the HP music player will come in “HP Blue,” he said.

“The way we look at it, HP will be reselling an iPod device,” said Schiller, who noted that the device will display the Apple logo at start-up and will work with all of the accessories made for the white-hued Apple varieties. [...]

The deal with HP involves only the traditional iPod design and not thenew iPod Mini models, which use a 1-inch hard drive that has 4GB of storage, Schiller said; though, he added, that’s “obviously something we can look at in the future.”

Schiller would not say whether Apple may look to craft similar deals with other computer or electronics makers. While that part of the deal is not exclusive, Schiller said HP’s promotion of the iTunes Music Store through its PCs is a “multiyear, exclusive” deal.”

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21

Why must everything be about killing Microsoft, or how “pissed” Gates is? I know, I’m about to spur on a thousand “Apple Rulez M$ sux0rs” but I don’t care. I use XP every day, and all of your whining about unstable Windows is crap. I haven’t had a freeze up or stall in the 9 months I’ve used XP, and it has all the tools I need to function. My iPod works on it, I get my music with iTMS, what’s missing?

That’s not to say Apple’s G5 is not an amazing machine, or that OS X isn’t a great OS too, but guess what? I don’t have two thousand dollars to throw at a computer, or 10-15 hours a week to fiddle with Linux/Unix. I’m sorry for the rant, but really, get over it.

Posted by Caleb on January 8, 2004 at 5:05 PM (PDT)

22

well, not really happy about a few comments, i mean i don’t see why people say these things and what they hope to acheive…

Ferrari, are you saying that sony “sold out” when they bought out walkman? its what the iPod is, the way forward, i see a day where it will be the norm to have an iPod…

and i reckon Apple are trying to befriend the pc market slowly, maybe some merge in the future? i duno!

Posted by silver_haze20 on January 8, 2004 at 5:21 PM (PDT)

23

I really hope Apple doesn’t plan to get too far into the PC “scene.”  It’s good to have this healthy competition. 

Albeit, I have an iBook that I don’t use much..I could really use the iLife programs on my XP machine.  I’d pay more than $49 for that…

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on January 8, 2004 at 5:57 PM (PDT)

24

dudes…

this is a great foil to micro-cr*p’s strategy of licensing music stores to other companies (miller beer, coke etc) and trying to standardize the WMA file format. apple is confronting the darkside headon, and reinforcing the fact that it INVENTED this market and intends not to let it slip away as it did with the OS.

hp made a good decision…itunes store + ipod is the best of the best…

Posted by dolfox on January 8, 2004 at 6:05 PM (PDT)

25

i understand Quicktime is essential for the Mac system, but QT for the PC is just plain bad… it may not be as horrible as RealPlay, but’s it’s pretty damn close.

i suppose it’s a neccessary evil though, if people want iTMS (i myself prefer WA5 for music, and ephpod for iPod management.).

HP ipods = good (though i prefer their gray over their blue)

QT installed on more PCs = ick

Posted by eric on January 8, 2004 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

26

People, This is a great deal for Apple, they are sell bulk ipod to HP coloring them blue, plue iTMS will be preloaded on every HP PC.
HP is doing this to combat the entry’s of Dell & gateways lame mp3 players. SO HP will have the Best mp3 player then there mean comp.

Thank You Joe Gibbs, for coming back

jRight

Posted by Jright on January 8, 2004 at 6:15 PM (PDT)

27

What’s wrong with QuickTime on the PC? I haven’t noticed anything bad about it.

As for iPod coming from HP, I bet Dell is loosing some sleep tonight.

Posted by the veg dude in San Francisco on January 8, 2004 at 9:03 PM (PDT)

28

hey dont bust on dell -

Posted by the dell dude on January 8, 2004 at 9:19 PM (PDT)

29

My friends has thign like 20 gig Dell mp3 player and its pretty nice. I like it. I will always love my ipod though. =). And who thinks that the ipod mini is a dumb idea that will make a lot of money because people buy thigns for no reason. I suggest just buying the 15 gig one for 50 dollars more than the mini($300).

Posted by MiamiHurricanes on January 8, 2004 at 9:29 PM (PDT)

30

I , personally think that the mini iPod is no where near a Classic.  The Original iPod is.

Posted by Poddy in Love in Singapore on January 8, 2004 at 9:47 PM (PDT)

31

People mainly complain about the fact that in designing QT to have that Safari-style look and feel, program behaviour becomes inconsistent and sluggish.

Posted by jogloran on January 8, 2004 at 10:11 PM (PDT)

32

QT suck on PC because of MS - without info on the underline OS when porting - Windows in this instance, Apple can’t optimise as well as they’d like.

Same situ’ with WMPlayer on Mac, it’s worse than QT on PC, sluggish to the max! I don’t know why any Mac user would use it (esp. when now that we have VLC)

Posted by voodoo on January 9, 2004 at 4:17 AM (PDT)

33

“Apple can’t optimise as well as they’d like. “

BS. Quicktime Alternative accesses the same files without being sluggish or a generally crappy application. It just wasn’t a good port at all.

Posted by eric on January 9, 2004 at 4:29 AM (PDT)

34

The onky thing I have to say about HP pc’s are that they are the nastiest looking PC’s out there.

Posted by glad1959 on January 9, 2004 at 4:38 AM (PDT)

35

I have heard this argument before about QT and I just don’t understand it. I have been using QT on my PC’s for a few years now and I love it. I understand it may not be at the level of quality it is on a MAC but I can deal with that.

I don’t see any media player on the PC as bad as Real Player. And I don’t see any as good as QT with Windows Media Pleyr running a close second.

It has some features that I would to see either implemented or changed but I can say that for 90% of the software I use.

Posted by SpideyPod on January 9, 2004 at 4:53 AM (PDT)

36

SpideyPod,

You are clearly in the majority. By every measure, Quicktime is the most widely distributed media application in the world. And it is the most widely downloaded (in other words not pre-installed) application period. During the first 100 days that QT 6 was released it was downloaded 25 million times. And QT 6 is still used by a minority of QT users.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 9, 2004 at 5:33 AM (PDT)

37

eric:

ever thought of MS crippling QT via it’s OS (and patches?) to make it’s WMP look like a “better” player.

if you want quality, QT is the go

Posted by voodoo on January 9, 2004 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

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