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

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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41

the level of the posts is going down lately, stop the mac/pc war bs, just use whatever you feel comfortable with and enjoy your music on yout ipod, be it from apple or hp.

hp’s ipod is going to increase the ipod market share even more, which should give more weight to apple to license fairplay, and it’s good news for all the companies making accessories for ipods.

we’re lucky to have so many accessories for our favorite player, i think no other player has as many accessories, going from cheap stuff to luxury brands (chanel, vuitton, paul smith, bmw, ...)

so please, stop bitching and welcome to ipod hp users!

Posted by wuss on August 28, 2004 at 4:24 PM (CDT)

42

Will the tattoos be compatible with the Apple iPods? Apple and HP must have some sort of mutual agreement to cross license each other technologies. It would be a shame if all of Apple’s iPods weren’t compatible with those really neat tattoos.

Now that this iPod+hp is due out, there can be no claim that the iTunes Music Store only works with the iPod. It also works with iPod+hp. People have a choice now. The iPod or the iPod+hp.

The real question is does this iPod+hp work on a Mac?

Posted by Peter on August 29, 2004 at 8:00 AM (CDT)

43

If they are, I want the pink one? ;-)

>>>>>Are they scratch n’ sniff stickers?

By poser on Aug 27, 04 7:42 pm

Posted by mumpp99 on August 29, 2004 at 8:10 AM (CDT)

44

I actually think the tattoos are a pretty cool idea to let you personalize your ipod, similar to the color choices of the ipod mini.  Although I am skeptical that it leaves absolutely no residue or anything…

Posted by albrecac on August 29, 2004 at 11:22 AM (CDT)

45

Longhorn is now officially renamed Little Steer.

For those of you without knowledge of animal husbandry, ranching, or veterinary medicine a steer is a bovine that has not reached sexual maturity and is castrated.

The emasculation of Microsoft’s efforts at OS development is reason enough to suspect that Windows will never produce a robust line of operating systems.

Imagine, all those brilliant minds in Redmond and the best they can do is change the labeling on the box for another XP variant.

Microsoft’s (MS) failure to produce Longhorn deftly avoids the more obvious and important question. Which company (Apple or MS) makes the most elegant, useful, and innovative operating system?

MS can claim that, without a full-fledged Longhorn, comparisons between itself and Apple are unfair, unscientific, and immaterial. MS has grasped (or gasped?) a few more years of legitimacy by failing to produce what it has promised. MS has a flyweight (Little Steer). Apple proudly displays its heavyweight (OS X). Without a head-to-head comparison between bona fide heavy weights, MS shuns potential embarrassment by avoiding direct competition with Apple and Apple misses the opportunity to vie with MS in a championship match.

I am angry. I wanted this match. I dreamt of this match. I feel cheated. Call me skeptical, but it seems that MS would rather endure a few annoying jabs in the press rather than a crushing right hook in the ring of commerce.

Posted by In other news... on August 29, 2004 at 8:18 PM (CDT)

46

Dudes the tattos were my idea from the start those freeaks stole it i tells ya!

http://ipodlounge.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=183716#post183716

this is what i put in about 3months ago…
and plus my tattos actually cove the screen with a clear substrate to protect from those scratches everybody complains about…
Dammm you HP!
why not be original for once.

Posted by El Gato in Australia-Melbourne on August 29, 2004 at 9:22 PM (CDT)

47

the cat-

i give you credit.

Posted by deathwolf on August 29, 2004 at 9:48 PM (CDT)

48

all you guys do is tear eachother down, im not feeling it…

Posted by joel on August 30, 2004 at 1:27 AM (CDT)

49

I’m interested in getting an ipod even though I’m a Windows user.  The only concern I have is whether or no the hp ipod will have the identical appearance to the apple 4g ipod.  On www.buy.com, they’re selling the hp ipod for 279.99 plus free shipping but they have an image of the apple 4g ipod EXCEPT with a really hideous brownish circle in the center of the menu wheel.  I’ve been trying to confirm whether or not this is the final look of the hp ipod and if so, that’s honestly enough to make me the buy the apple ipod instead of the hp one.  Check out the site www.buy.com and you’ll know what I mean.

Posted by clinton on August 30, 2004 at 1:11 PM (CDT)

50

An observation (though my eyesight’s been known to be faulty)...

Now that HP has their own version, will iPod’s coolness survive? 

Sure it’s a great device (I have both a 3G and 4G 40GB) from a music listening standpoint, but plenty of people see the venerable iPod as fashion statements as much as anything else.  Even Apple’s own marketing flaunts the hipness and trendiness of the device.  But now that HP is selling it as well, it’s going to be everywhere since HP has a number of retailing partners that Apple has until now not done business with, either by choice or not.

Now that the NUMBER ONE retailer on the planet has begun pre-selling HP’s iPod on their website, will the iPod survive the indignity of being as common as Tide detergent or Kleenex facial tissue, to share the shopping cart with such items at your local Wal*Mart store?  And who knows what WM will do to the thing?  I imagine like everyone else HP CAN’T say no to them or attempt to limit their distribution (“Hello HP?  This is Wal*Mart.  Remember that 10 million unit printer order we were going to place with you?  Well, since you *can’t* provide all the iPods we want at a price we want, we’ve decided that Lexmark had a better price on their printers…what’s that?  You CAN give us all the iPods we want?  And at the PRICE we want?  That’s great, HP.  Really great!  Now, you guys we going to talk to Apple about the Mini, weren’t you?  We DO have this scanner order we’d like to finalize, after all.”)

It’s a great device, but the concept of going down to any HP retailer and potentially finding the iPod is a bit much for me (wonder if Costco will sell them in six-packs…).  Sure it’s good that Apple’s doing fantastic with these, but with overexposure there’s bound to be backlash against the iPod (“You bought an iPod??? That’s SO yesterday..”).  Never mind that it WORKS, it’s ‘neatness’ quotient is as much the selling factor as anything else, but how neat is neat when EVERYONE has it? 

I suspect if Apple expects to stay on top of the game the 5G/6G/7G, etc. will be coming out fast and furious.

Posted by buffalowings on August 30, 2004 at 2:39 PM (CDT)

51

Take a look at the most expensive powerbook currently available, then take a look a a prebuilt hypersonic-pc amd 64 laptop the cheapest one completely annihilates all of the powerbooks.  So I really don’t see how one can make an argument against customization and lower prices for the sake of an OS.  I really hope HP’s Suse based mobile takes off so both Apple and Microsoft can be wiped from the face of the earth forever.  (Or at the very least shut the Mac cultists up for good, if not take out Microsoft.) I would have rather HP had come out with an Ipod killer so I wouldn’t have to bother with the Ipod and Jobs’ disgusting marketing practices. 

Oh and BTW as long as Apple refuses to port OSX to the PC Gates has absolutely nothing to worry about no matter how successful OSX, intelligent consumers will not go for closed hardware, lack of choice, and totally jacked up hardware prices.

Posted by Shadow Skill on August 30, 2004 at 10:20 PM (CDT)

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