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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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Y’all…...lol…...are cars only sold at the factory they’re made?  No….you have dealers.  What do those dealers do?  They put their tag on the vehicle to advertise, etc.  Apple….HP.  Is anyone else getting this?  HP sales a huge number of pc’s, what BETTER way to further distribute, advertise, etc,. the iPod?  Dell already has and distributes other mp3 players, so does Gateway so those WOULD have been stupid choices.
John Doe Dealer doesn’t change the color of the vehicle.  They don’t add 2 motors.  WHY would someone want to change the color of the iPod????  A.  the design is 80% of what made it so iconic and B. THIS IS WHY CASES ARE SO POPULAR.  If it was only about protecting the ‘pod everyone would have huge ugly a*s leather dil*o lookin’ cases.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
grin

Posted by duh on September 9, 2004 at 10:18 PM (PDT)

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FWIW…

I just bought an HP 20 GB iPod (there were no Apple ones in stock at Fry’s and I needed it now. wink ).

1) It did not come with a dock.

2) iTunes on my PowerBook recognized it and updated it automatically without me having to select any kind of conversion option. It’s now holding all 5+GB of my iTunes library.

3) It works with the MacAlly FM transmitter and Apple iPod Dock fine.

Just my $.02 worth.

Posted by Wendell on October 13, 2004 at 8:21 AM (PDT)

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Does anyone know where I can view the ipod commercial:  hip hop country line dancing? 

Posted by Miles on October 31, 2004 at 11:37 PM (PDT)

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Was there any response to Miles’ post about where to find that ipod hip hop country line dancing commercial ad?

Posted by JuniorATL in Atlanta on January 10, 2005 at 6:14 AM (PDT)

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