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HP: New iPod-ready printer, HPTunes expand Apple’s products

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Friday, August 27, 2004
News Categories: iPod

Not content to allow the “Apple iPod from HP” to be dismissed as just an iPod clone from a second company, Hewlett-Packard has disclosed in an interview with iLounge both the company’s new iPod-related product offerings and the actual differences between the Apple and HP versions of the iPod. “There are a lot of similarities between the two products,” explained HP’s Perry Ralph, Product Manager for the Apple iPod from HP, “we wanted to extend [the iPod] and integrate it more into the PC space and the digital entertainment space.”

picTo that end, HP has demonstrated a new portable, LCD-equipped 4"x6” photo printer, the HP PhotoSmart 375 ($199), which can connect with the iPod via USB for direct digital printing. The printer can run off of battery power and also includes Bluetooth wireless functionality for direct print connections to cellular phones and other devices. HP has also introduced HPTunes, software compatible with Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center operating system “which lets iTunes music be played on the Media Center’s extended interface,” which Mr. Ralph explains was previously not possible.

Tech-savvy users will likely believe that HP’s changes to the iPod hardware are only skin deep. Mr. Ralph said that although the HP logo will now appear in addition to Apple’s on the back of HP-distributed iPod hardware, “other than that, the physical components are all the same.” From cables to Docks to earbuds, the Apple iPod from HP will use all of Apple’s parts, not HP’s.

But the differences, including new packaging, manuals, and a poster, are intended to make the iPod even easier for first-time digital music users to enjoy. “The user guide is very Windows-centric,” said Mr. Ralph, “so we can talk to the Windows-based consumer.” Noting that HP’s research suggested that new iPod users needed more help ripping CDs and transferring music to the iPod, Mr. Ralph said that a “setup poster we have is the first thing you see when you open up the box; in a single page you let the consumer see how to connect it up [and easily use the iPod].” And unlike Apple, HP will recommend use of the included USB 2.0 cable for music transfers, given the smaller penetration of the FireWire standard in the Windows PC market. Software in the HP box will be identical to Apple’s PC installers for the iPod.

picStarting with the September 30th issue of Rolling Stone magazine, HP will also give away HP Tattoos - iPod covering stickers featuring photographic and artistic content from various recording artists. Each magazine will include one Tattoo from a total of five or six variations, and blank Tattoos will be available in 10-packs ($14.99) from HP, Circuit City, and CompUSA. Free art will be provided for the blank Tattoos by MTV and BMG at www.hp.com/music. Individual blanks will not be available. HP claims that the Tattoos will last for between three and four weeks and will leave no residue on an iPod.

On a final note, HP explained the following regarding its use of two product names in publicity materials today, the abbreviated “iPod+hp” name is intended to appear in headlines, while the actual product name is “Apple iPod from HP.”

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1

This whole aritcle is BS.  HP was supposed to introduce something different.

The best thing HP could do to help PC users would be to recommend they change the default music import format to MP3 instead of AAC.

Come on HP, don’t try to put us PC users over a barrel like Apple has been doing.

Posted by Talking Madness on August 27, 2004 at 11:36 AM (PDT)

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All I can say is these guys in the web cast from HP today make steve look like the best PR/presenter in the world. Those guys were terrible.

Posted by none on August 27, 2004 at 11:37 AM (PDT)

3

Awesome! Hopefully we’ll get some functioning that Mac users can’t. That would be irony at its best wouldn’t it?

Posted by Pigpen65 on August 27, 2004 at 11:40 AM (PDT)

4

Big frickin’ woop.

Posted by yukoncorneleone on August 27, 2004 at 11:46 AM (PDT)

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quote

“The user guide is very Windows-centric,” said Mr. Ralph, “so we can talk to the Windows-based consumer.” Noting that HP’s research suggested that new iPod users needed more help ripping CDs and transferring music to the iPod”

Ahh as I thought Windows users are just plain stupid, have you read the forums lately. Geez!! I thiink an IQ test is needed before you can buy an iPod, really! Why do people still buy Windows computers? Lemmings…........


LONG LIVE MAC

Posted by Bill Hates on August 27, 2004 at 11:56 AM (PDT)

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RE: Talking Madness

Mp3 instead of AAC? what for? AAC is a standard format that practially every player can use, and is leaps and bounds better than the 10 year old MP3.

Wake up, its the year 2004

Posted by jon on August 27, 2004 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

7

Is it true that you would get HP 24/7 support with the HP Ipod?

If this is the case the HP Ipod would have better phone support, now that Apple only allows one call to tech support!

By the way, Bill Hates I believe people still have a reason to buy a Wintel PC over a MAC. How about Doom 3…although Lemmings is fun too… lol

Posted by Griswald on August 27, 2004 at 12:14 PM (PDT)

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i think this is a great idea, and the ramifications are more for digital music than for a particular brand, since music in general is evolving…

i have a windows pc, works great, an a 3g 20gb ipod, which i got because of the interface and ease of use, i tried o few others and dint like them as much. my dad has an i mac..and while i think its okay, i still prefer my windows pc, for its general applications and ability to play games..not to mention its price for a decent system.
what i’m trying to get at is the elitist mentality that goes with owning an apple computer, while i like some of the options, i can get a good pc for 600 vs twice as much for an apple…and whiile i think the os for apple is quite nice, and wish i could put it on my hard drive compares to windows…its the elitist we’re better than you thing i can do with out…

Posted by ed on August 27, 2004 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

9

the new hp ipods are look horrible

Posted by jp on August 27, 2004 at 12:35 PM (PDT)

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“HP has demonstrated a new portable, LCD-equipped 4"x6” photo printer, the HP PhotoSmart 375 ($199), which can connect with the iPod via USB for direct digital printing.”

But what does it print? Playlists? Photos stored on the Belkin media reader? Or photos from the next iPod that also has photo storage?

Posted by sknaster on August 27, 2004 at 12:41 PM (PDT)

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Different packaging, a revised manual, a poster…and stickers!  HP—you’ve outdone yourselves.

Posted by deleted on August 27, 2004 at 12:46 PM (PDT)

12

They should have introduced FLAC support instead of AAC :o

Posted by Mister_K on August 27, 2004 at 12:58 PM (PDT)

13

what happened to the Blue HP iPod?

Posted by AmidaamruFlame on August 27, 2004 at 1:29 PM (PDT)

14

It’s a digital photo printer. What do you think it prints?

Posted by read on August 27, 2004 at 1:31 PM (PDT)

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“I thiink an IQ test is needed before you can buy an iPod, really! Why do people still buy Windows computers? Lemmings…........

LONG LIVE MAC

Bill Hates “

You sound like the prefect Fox viewer & Bush support intolerant and ignorant, oh and by the way you need to learn how to spell. You might want to take the IQ test before posting!!!!

Steve Jobs save me form your Followers!!!!

Posted by alex on August 27, 2004 at 1:32 PM (PDT)

16

flac is lossless

and the ipod aupports apple lossless

and if they were to use flac instead of aac then they wont be able to say 10000 songs in your pocket will they

Posted by bob on August 27, 2004 at 1:32 PM (PDT)

17

yeesh! calm down! its another way to make money. thats it.

Posted by asdf on August 27, 2004 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

18

Flac This…

Posted by Flac on August 27, 2004 at 2:26 PM (PDT)

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“You sound like the prefect Fox viewer & Bush support intolerant and ignorant, oh and by the way you need to learn how to spell. You might want to take the IQ test before posting!!!!”


You criticize him for being intolerant and then you make fun of him…

pot meet kettle

Posted by alex is a moron on August 27, 2004 at 2:44 PM (PDT)

20

It’s funny that so many people thought the HP ipod was going to be a dull blue color. Yes the HP ceo did show us a blue Ipod but the color was so ugly! A BLack or Red Ipod would be cool!

Is HP manufacturing these new Ipods?

Posted by COLOR of the HP ipod on August 27, 2004 at 3:10 PM (PDT)

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