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HP shows renewed interest in iPod

pic Hewlett-Packard is showing a renewed interest in the iPod, announcing the first computer with a built-in docking area for the device and saying that it will soon offer a branded version of the iPod photo.

HP said it is planning to add a spot for the iPod in its new Media Center m7000 desktop PC. The computer “doesn’t have a dock itself, but rather features a molded piece of plastic that fits around Apple’s own dock to allow the device to gracefully dock atop the PC,” according to CNET News.com’s Ina Fried.

Siobhan O’Connor, HP’s vice president of consumer brand and marketing, said that the company will be releasing new HP-branded iPods in the coming weeks, including an HP version of the iPod photo as former CEO Carly Fiorina said in January. “Expect us to have, like we did with the original products, a very similar lineup to what Apple has,” O’Connor said.

HP has recently been criticized for not taking full advantage of its partnership with Apple. Goldman Sachs said HP needs to make “substantial changes” in its relationship with Apple and that “HP’s iPod sales are likely to decline markedly over the next few quarters unless HP is able to bring out new iPod models in a more timely manner.” The firm says HP could drop from 7% of Apple’s iPod shipments in the December quarter to 2% in the March quarter.

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Comments

1

Molded piece of plastic… That’s even weirder than it sounded at first!

Solves the problem of different iPods having different shaped bases, though.

Posted by Nagromme on March 30, 2005 at 7:31 PM (CST)

2

i’m sure its only a matter of time before we see macs with docking stations on top

Posted by mrwright in california on March 30, 2005 at 11:15 PM (CST)

3

HP still sells iPods?

Posted by shaun3000 on March 30, 2005 at 11:51 PM (CST)

4

Space for a docking station?! What a total waste of time.

I don’t see the point of this at all…

Posted by charlie12 on March 31, 2005 at 6:47 AM (CST)

5

it dosnt have a dockit has space for a dock which is dumb to biegin with but extra dumb cuz apple took away all the docks and they are extras now

Posted by BIGP in Texas on March 31, 2005 at 6:56 AM (CST)

6

So I will be stuck with a lame HP PC to get this docking area? wow. Because the iPod Dock by itself has such a hard time staying in one place on my desk…

Posted by croooow in Fairfax, VA on March 31, 2005 at 7:12 AM (CST)

7

Meanwhile, the Mac Mini contains a docking connector on top which they decided not to implement and left it covered over :D

http://www.lbodnar.dsl.pipex.com/macmini/macmini_ipod.html

Removing the dock from the Mini was a good marketing choice. It would have made many people at first glance think the Mini is “just for iPods” instead of leaving it open-ended for a wider audience.

Maybe one day it will be back as an option or a special model.

Posted by Nagromme on March 31, 2005 at 7:59 AM (CST)

8

That’s so silly.

Posted by Capnquirky in Shell Pile New Jersey on March 31, 2005 at 9:44 AM (CST)

9

Man, and I thought i was being original by sculpting a built in dock for my case… now they go and ruin it (insert sarcasim here)... this could be an interesting feature, but as with everything else, it needs to be finished before people start speculating on how lame it is.

Posted by SlavedHeart in Black Hills, SD on March 31, 2005 at 10:06 AM (CST)

10

That image of the tiny iPod in the dock on the humongous HP case makes me imagine the iPod saying: “That’s right, beeyotch… WHO’S YOUR DADDY???”

My mind does strange things sometimes.

Posted by ct77 on March 31, 2005 at 10:05 PM (CST)

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