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“HP today broadened its consumer electronics portfolio with a suite of new digital entertainment products that make-over consumers’ living rooms by tying digital devices together while making the most of Microsoft’s latest Media Center Edition operating system.”

One of the many features listed for the new HP Digital Entertainment Center z500 series computers includes: “Choose, organize and enjoy digital music from 10 feet away with HP Tunes, part of the Digital Entertainment Center’s compatibility with the Apple iPod from HP. HP Tunes works with Apple iTunes(4) to give consumers access to their music collection and play lists via a remote control.”

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Comments

1

why is this news? people have been using remotes with their PCs for QUITE awhile now.. and other than controlling itunes with the remote (which you can already do with girder) i dont see the ipod connection here…

Posted by ineptspelr on October 12, 2004 at 12:18 PM (CDT)

2

its a new product by HP, that’s why its news you bonehead…

Posted by inept_spelr on October 12, 2004 at 12:45 PM (CDT)

3

man, why the hell did I just buy the aiport express before this guy came out?

Posted by chucktaylor on October 12, 2004 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

4

well la de freakin’ da, how is this “cool”

Posted by MATRIXsjd in Burbank, Ca on October 12, 2004 at 1:50 PM (CDT)

5

If you actually read the datasheets, this is a home theatre pc.  If the pricing is good, this could be a hot item.

Posted by tetro on October 12, 2004 at 2:21 PM (CDT)

6

“man, why the hell did I just buy the aiport express before this guy came out?”


Because this can’t play iTunes Store content; read the HP product sheets…

Posted by WireLes on October 12, 2004 at 2:24 PM (CDT)

7

“man, why the hell did I just buy the aiport express before this guy came out?”

Because this thing is $1500 dollars. Still, it’s pretty impressive. It has a dual-layer 14x DVD burner, and look at the ports on the back. HP has done a hell of a lot more than simply provide a remote control for iTunes!

Posted by Questioner on October 12, 2004 at 4:12 PM (CDT)

8

It’s funny that HP doesn’t include a picture of a monitor with this. They make it look like a stereo receiver, but it is a MS Media Center PC. Oh well—there’s the rub. Hardware manufacturers are limited by MS’s crappy products. The OS used really deflates some of the excitement. Why not use Linux?

Posted by Questioner on October 12, 2004 at 4:28 PM (CDT)

9

“It has a dual-layer 14x DVD burner”

A dual layer DVD burner you say? Like one of these? $76.

What else do you get for your $1500?

Posted by dualie on October 12, 2004 at 6:03 PM (CDT)

10

yeah why not, linux kicks a** :-D

Posted by IT"S MEEEEE on October 12, 2004 at 6:03 PM (CDT)

11

if there’s no HDTV tuner on it, then it probably isn’t worth it.

Posted by tetro on October 12, 2004 at 9:16 PM (CDT)

12

i was looking at The HP Media Center Extender x5400, the lower version. I don’t know how much it runs, but it appears to be able to do what I bought the airport express for, stream music to another room via 802.11g.  Plus, it has on screen prompts.  I just saw a similar linksys product, but heard it was crapola.  i bet with HP + iPod shizzle going on, this will integrate well iTunes in the future. but i’m half drunk right now, bullocks to the NY Yankees for beating my red sox!

Posted by chucktaylor on October 12, 2004 at 10:10 PM (CDT)

13

Now if Apple came with something like this…

Mmmmm

Posted by Solomalee on October 13, 2004 at 12:11 AM (CDT)

14

Awesome Machine!!!

Posted by Talking Madness on October 13, 2004 at 2:09 AM (CDT)

15

go yanks -  series 2-0

1918!!!

whose ur daddy!!!

Posted by gabe on October 13, 2004 at 10:36 PM (CDT)

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