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HP now selling iPod photos [updated]

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2005
News Categories: iPod

imageAs expected, Hewlett-Packard has expanded its line of HP-branded iPods to include Apple’s new 30GB and 60GB iPod photo models. HP’s versions are identical to the Apple iPod photos save for packaging and HP’s Total Care customer support service, which includes one year of phone support and a one-year warranty.

The two new HP iPod models will not refer to their photo capabilities in their names, and will each only be called the “Apple iPod from HP.” An HP representative told iLounge the reasoning behind this decision: “We did not call this the iPod photo because we wished to avoid confusion between these products and our other photo offerings such as digital cameras. So, while our packaging and other marketing materials will make the photo viewing and sharing capabilities of the product clear, we chose not to include the word photo in the product name.”

The new HP iPods will soon be available for the same pricing as Apple ($349 for the 30GB model and $449 for the 60GB model) on HP’s online store and at a number of major retailers, including Circuit City, Radio Shack, Sears and Wal-Mart. HP confirmed that it will continue to offer the 20GB iPod with monochrome display for $299. Unsurprisingly, the 40GB HP iPod, which was based on the now discontinued Apple version, is no longer offered.

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Comments

1

HP really isn’t leveraging their relationship with Apple as much as they could.

I think the HP iPod should be more popular than the Apple iPod.  The first and fatal mistakes HP made was deciding to not make their iPod blue (like it was first rumored to be) and they should’ve called it the hPod (like was also at first rumored).

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on April 12, 2005 at 11:17 AM (PDT)

2

whats the difference between an HP ipod and a regular apple ipod? can u use a apple ipod on a regular windows pc? whats the hp model for?

Posted by topdog849 in springfield, Va on April 12, 2005 at 1:20 PM (PDT)

3

I buy from HP for the support, 1 year full support vs 90 day phone support from apple….pity they dont sell shuffles yet…..apple allowed only 1 miserly phone call per shuffle!

Posted by khyberny on April 12, 2005 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

4

The HP iPods are identical to the Apple iPods. They’re even made in the same place. I think the iPods from HP don’t get enough advertising as the iPods from Apple do, so that’s the reason I think they aren’t as popular. If you collect everyone off of a NYC street that know what an iPod is, the majority wouldn’t know there was an HP iPod if you asked.

Posted by maxman on April 12, 2005 at 6:19 PM (PDT)

5

max that is hp’s fault apple has no reson to advertise for hp cuz they already sold the ipod

plus they are selling theirs

Posted by BIGP in Texas on April 12, 2005 at 9:12 PM (PDT)

6

I never said it was apple’s fault. I meant it’s not as popular because hp doesn’t advertise it.

Posted by maxman on April 13, 2005 at 3:22 PM (PDT)

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