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HP debuts “iPod+hp” for 9-15-04 release

picAlternately referred to as the “iPod+hp” and the “Apple iPod from HP,” Hewlett-Packard’s rebranded version of the fourth-generation iPod will initially be available in 20GB ($299.99) and 40GB ($399.99) capacities. Pre-orders for the device are currently being taken at the HPShopping web site, and will receive free shipping as a “special offer.” A September 15, 2004 estimated ship date is listed at the site, though other HP pages list online availability beginning today “at various retailers” with in-store availability starting on September 12. HP is also selling a small collection of third-party iPod accessories from Belkin, Griffin, Altec Lansing and XtremeMac, all available now.

Other than the fact that each new unit’s chrome back carries both Apple and HP logos, the white and chrome iPod+hp initially appears identical to Apple’s version of the iPod, contradicting initial claims from HP that their model would come in a special “HP Blue” color. Unlike the iPod, however, the iPod+hp is listed as Windows compatible only, with a PC installation disk. HP will provide service for the device through HP Total Care, notably for one year with full telephone support during that year, surpassing Apple’s newly unimpressive single free telephone call policy. The company will also provide a customized instruction booklet and a new quick start poster to add to the iPod’s legendary ease-of-use.

HP is also offering one of nine different “HP Tattoos,” or iPod-covering musical artist stickers, to those who purchase the iPod+hp from CompUSA, Circuit City, or HPShopping.com. These stickers currently include designs for Ashlee Simpson, The Cure, Gwen Stefani, Keane, Lloyd Banks, Sting, The Who, The Hives, and Vanessa Carlton. The company has also announced plans to offer “HP Printable Tattoos” to allow users to make their own iPod stickers using HP printers and “the latest album art from the newest releases” - provided via HP’s Tattoo Gallery.

Beginning with sponsorship of the MTV Video Music Awards, HP will also launch a separate advertising campaign for the iPod+hp, including commercials on MTV channels across the world and a global digital photo contest with a trip to Rome, Italy as the prize. MTV and HP’s newly-announced strategic marketing partnership for promotion of the iPod+hp will include advertisements in territories from the United States to Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Update: MacMinute has posted copies of HP’s new iPod print ads .

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You are waiting for a color screen for the iPod. Other companies already have it! iRiver, Archos, Samsung, etc. They’re all ahead in features and such. Not to mention USB OTG too and fantastic battery life. You need to go search around more and stop staring at your iPod. Umm as for the HPod. It doesn’t seem any different from the iPod itself. The free gifts and discount will TRULY affect the sales. I think HP will dominate the iPod.

Posted by h0p3l355is4 on August 27, 2004 at 10:39 AM (CDT)


That would be funny if HP made a mistake with their web site (like apple did) and the 20GB iPod+HP does not supposed to come with a dock.

Posted by Steve Jobs on August 27, 2004 at 10:47 AM (CDT)


I don’t know. The chart says that docks are included with both, but the heading says otherwise. It says, “20GB and 40 GB (w/dock).”

Posted by Questioner on August 27, 2004 at 10:59 AM (CDT)


If you hit “buy online” below the 20GB and hit “included accessories” after that, you’ll see that the 20GB does not come with a dock.

Posted by Questioner on August 27, 2004 at 11:06 AM (CDT)


The way I see it is that everyone will still know it’s an iPod, but marketing through HP now, penetrates the PC market moreso than Apple has been able to do.  And while I dislike HP, at least they aren’t branding it Compaq or Dell…  *shudder* 

Bottom line is Apple will continue to make profits on this, they will gain more PC users, more companies will make accessories, and it will still retain the Apple iPod name (it is branded with Apple logo *AND* hp logo on back.  :)

Posted by MulletMan13 on August 27, 2004 at 11:07 AM (CDT)


I have a feeling that the only significant difference between Apple’s and HP’s iPod is that the HP iPod comes formated for windows right out of the box, while the Apple iPod is initially formatted for the Mac.  I am sure that it is possible to reformat the HP iPod for use on a Mac and willing to bet, aside from the cosmetical differences, that they are exactly the same.  I can’t imagine Apple licensing an iPod that could not be used on their systems at all.

Posted by jlb2003 on August 27, 2004 at 11:10 AM (CDT)


I don’t know about you but i wouldn’t buy neither. I’m moving onto COLOR LCD with USB OTF with my Canon S500 or maybe a PMP or PMC. iPod’s are old… time to catch up with technology.

Posted by h0p3l355is4 on August 27, 2004 at 11:36 AM (CDT)


Why do you need a colour screen on a music player? will you be looking at the screen when you’re listening to your music? the only feature that i can see a use for is viewing photos, but my digital camera shows photos on it’s own screen, and they’re stored on an sd card…
Or what about viewing video? i’d rather watch a film on a big screen with surround sound.
album art? why do you need to see this? it adds no quality to the music, which is why i bought an iPod in the first place, to listen to all my music…
i really can’t see what benefits a colour screen would add, the screen is only for menus and displaying limited info…

Posted by bob on August 27, 2004 at 11:47 AM (CDT)


Carla said in the HP webcast that you will be able to print your photos on a hp printer directly from your iPod by hooking it to the printer with an USB cable. Isn’t that a new feature?

Posted by tors10 on August 27, 2004 at 12:16 PM (CDT)


See, told ya it was white. :)

Aside from that, here a hint why HP is joining Apple: HP owns some of the IP for the 5G device since they’re helping develop it.

Posted by Neutral on August 27, 2004 at 12:39 PM (CDT)


i am certain you could reformat the hP ipod to run on a Mac, but likely their deal with Apple doesn’t allow them to promote their iPod as “Mac compatible” to continue to ensure that Apple users buy Apple.

that said i am very suprised their unit doesn’t come in a different color. while i am sure the hP deal will lead to even more iPod sales because of their deep retail channels, i was hopeful for something like a shiny black 4G iPod with a standard chrome black, something IMHO would look stunning.

as of now with the same prices and same design this is more of a “ho-hum” release and i see no reason why anyone, PC or Mac user, should buy anything other than Apple units.

Posted by Dave on August 27, 2004 at 12:39 PM (CDT)


Neutral: how do you know hP is helping design the 5G ipod? i haven’t seen that anywhere and i doubt it very much.

Posted by Dave on August 27, 2004 at 12:40 PM (CDT)


Lupin III said it best. Like it or not the majority of customers are pretty clueless.

Posted by somedude on August 27, 2004 at 12:40 PM (CDT)


“Apple must have completely ditched there switch campaign, cuz people dont need macs for anything now.”

How can we take you seriously if you can’t even spell correctly?

Posted by The Raven in USA on August 27, 2004 at 12:56 PM (CDT)


“What everyone is forgeting is that most consumers are stupid…”

As are some of the posters here.

Posted by The Raven in USA on August 27, 2004 at 1:00 PM (CDT)


That is exactly what I thought when Palm introduced the color screen for their Palm IIIc.  Now, its hard to market a PDA without color.

Posted by Beltaine on August 27, 2004 at 1:00 PM (CDT)


“They’re all ahead in features and such. Not to mention USB OTG too and fantastic battery life. You need to go search around more and stop staring at your iPod.”

Obviously, all those “features” are not so important to the majority of purchasers.

Posted by The Raven in USA on August 27, 2004 at 1:01 PM (CDT)


  You’re a dick. How’s that for spelling.

Posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2004 at 1:24 PM (CDT)


>You’re a d***. How’s that for spelling


Posted by me on August 27, 2004 at 1:29 PM (CDT)


  Why the negative attitude? I haven’t done anything to offend you Raven, have I? And about the spelling, I was typing fast, and didn’t proof read, I’m so sorry… I didn’t know the postings were being reviewed by an English Professor. Leave the mean comments out please. Thanks Anonymous, but I can stand up for myself.

Posted by Lupin III on August 27, 2004 at 1:30 PM (CDT)

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