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iPod-based ‘HP Digital Music Player’ unveiled

As noted by MacMinute, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has unveiled the new iPod-based “HP Digital Music Player” at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The device is light blue in color and has an “HP” logo on the back. Firoina said it is “the first and only one” in existence. HP and Apple announced a partnership yesterday to deliver an HP-branded digital music player based on Apple’s iPod, which is expected to ship this summer. CNET has a short video of Fiorina introducing the device at CES.

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Posted by MadPict in UK on January 10, 2004 at 11:32 AM (PDT)

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Like the old saying…..If you cant beat’em, join’em. (Meaning HP joining the Apple IPod industry since they cant design their own.)

Posted by ricardote on January 10, 2004 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

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on accessories etc.:

they are not redesigning the ipod. they are just putting a new shell on it. wouldn’t surprise me at all if both ipod and hpod came out of the same production line with every second one getting a blue case…

Posted by m0nkey on January 10, 2004 at 12:10 PM (PDT)

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maybe this will be the real ‘ipod for the rest of us’.

now if only they’d make them black.

Posted by nick on January 10, 2004 at 2:19 PM (PDT)

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let’s see what the final hipod looks like. the ipod bigger brother design is dead. if hp is clever (and there’s no reason to think that they aren’t) they will ask the apple team to completely redesign hipod to a new facia. but apple has got what they want from the deal - they will need so really good reasons to do this.

Posted by kades on January 10, 2004 at 2:34 PM (PDT)

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I can’t believe that no one seems to see the tremendous impact of this deal.

For HP to start this relationship with Apple is a HUGE thing.  I GUARANTEE that this is only the beginning, and that the line between WinTel and Apple will continue to blur over the next many months.

Not to say that we’ll see an HP-branded PowerBook next year, but this can only strengthen Apple.  Market-share is market-share.

Posted by Jadjman on January 10, 2004 at 3:49 PM (PDT)

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I think this is a good move for Apple since the hPod is going to hit (intentionally or unintentionally) a totally different market.  Apple products have a certain stigma of being “overpriced desklamps” and such.  It will be ironic to see if people who wouldn’t buy the iPod because they said Apple was overpriced and snobby end up buying the hPod at the same price.  However, if I was Apple and/or HP, I would have differentiated the products a little.  Even all the automotive examples are not exact copies.  Either the styling or feature content is different.  Maybe HP could even drive forward the iPod game by adding (demanding to add i should say), say, the ogg format?

Posted by Taco John on January 10, 2004 at 6:14 PM (PDT)

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Apple can get a lot from this deal if they want to:

-HP is probably the world’s largest purchaser of hard drives, memory, LCD’s, and contract manufacturing services.  Suddenly Apple has a huge new partner to help drive down component prices and, more importantly, assure supply of scarce components.

-HP is really good at operating multi-echelon retail supply chains.  Again, a good partner to have.

-Already been said, but iTunes installed on 70% of the retail computers sold in the US is nothing to sneeze at.

-But the thing that I want? hpDJ technology in an iPod.  check out:
http://www-uk.hpl.hp.com/people/dave_cliff/hpdj.htm

Settings>Mix>On

Posted by fullbladder on January 11, 2004 at 12:06 AM (PDT)

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Smart move on all counts.  It gives HP a proven player and service for their PCs without having the burden and cost of reinventing the wheel.  It gives Apple another distribution channel without having to really change anything except molding a different color casing and a bit of badge engineering, and it definitely offers an increased population of PC users for their iTunes service. 

Third-party suppliers have also got to like this, since it broadens their potential customer base as well, though I wonder if they would begin molding their accessories in Marine F/A-18 Blue as well.

Personally, I like the color though I think I’d like it more if it were matte-finished (looks glossy like the original 3G).

Posted by monoblocks on January 11, 2004 at 1:02 AM (PDT)

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another thing to remember is many consumers who aren’t that savvy on MP3 players may be reluctant to buy an iPod because they feel Apple is not compatible or well supported with the PC (even though that is no longer the case.) Some people may just feel more “comfortable” buying the same product from an established PC company… and good for them, more money for Apple that they wouldn’t have been getting!

Posted by Dave on January 11, 2004 at 7:53 AM (PDT)

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I do feel that this means the 4G iPods WILL BE THE SAME FORM FACTOR AND LOOK. Clearly a major selling point for the HP iPod is that it will be able to use all the iPod accesories and that was heavily promoted in the press releases. I doubt very much HP would sign a deal where when they launch their product they are immediatly trumped by a newer Apple iPod design…

I suspect instead what will happen is Apple will do something like this…

Apple iPod 20gig - $299, 40gig - $399, 60gig - $499.

HP iPod 10 gig - $199, 20 gig -$249.

That way Apple will have the high end and HP the low.

Posted by Dave on January 11, 2004 at 7:58 AM (PDT)

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that colour is seriously weird. I have a HP desktop, monitor, printer, and used to have a HP scanner. My brother has got a HP laptop.


that horrible denim colour of the HPod is nothing like ANYTHING on any of my other stuff. after all, HP products are supposed to be stylized (not as much as apple’s tho wink )

so i guess the colour will change when its released. it is the “first and only” living example, remember?

Posted by AJ on February 18, 2004 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

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I’d buy it

Posted by ARES on March 26, 2004 at 10:48 AM (PDT)

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Anyone think how this could be an act of desperation from Apple? They know they won’t have a fourth generation iPod out before Microsoft launches their “iPod Killer”. And for those who doubt Microsoft can ever compete with Apple in this isntance (since it’s the only one you can compare Apple with Microsoft)  remember that everyone was thinking “What the hell does Gates think he’s doing in the gaming field that is completely controlled by Sony” and now look, Microsoft has the most powerful gaming system. So don’t doubt that they will offer competition to Ipod,this could beApple’s way of ttrying to hold them back before they get a 4G out. It will be interesting to see Gates’ reaction to Hp though, considering their now selling Apple software on their Windows-based computers

Posted by OAKTREELIVE on April 12, 2004 at 2:11 PM (PDT)

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OAKTREELIVE,

2) Deperation?  How is it desperate to craft a deal that does nothing but gain you market share, lock out another potential competitor, and increases your distribution?

2) Microsoft’s “iPod Killer” is their Personal Media Player software.  Doomed to failure, and not even a direct competitor to an HDD music player.  Just because some reporter called it an iPod killer doesn’t make it so.

3) The PS2 has been far far more successful than the Xbox.

4) How do YOU know when Apple will or will not have a 4G player?  Did you ask Steve Jobs the last time you had a beer with him?  Ok then, stop making stuff up.

Posted by tonicboy on April 12, 2004 at 3:17 PM (PDT)

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i actually like the color, maybe i am weird, its better than ajax white i will say that.  I think it was a great move for both.

Posted by TyWebb on May 25, 2004 at 11:30 AM (PDT)

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