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iPod+hp: $252-$342 - the discounting begins

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By Jeremy Horwitz

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

In what appears to be the most aggressive discounting to date on the fourth-generation iPod hardware, Buy.com is now offering the new 40GB Apple iPod from HP for only $341.99 with free shipping. The lower-end 20GB model is available for a similarly impressive $251.99. Apply the 10% coupon code from the link below to see the discounted prices.

Beware: Though it works for now, Buy.com’s coupon may be retracted or disqualified, but it’s probably worth the risk.

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1

A potentially way significant issue is the wording from HP regarding the iPod’s battery. HP’s website states in a footnote about battery life: “Battery is not replaceable.” Apple’s website says in the same battery life footnote: “Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced.”

Is HP saying the HP branded iPod needs to be tossed after the battery dies?

Posted by MSB on August 27, 2004 at 8:57 PM (PDT)

2

HP means its not user replacable (so when it dies… you have to send it in just like the apple branded ipod).

Posted by Skitals on August 27, 2004 at 8:59 PM (PDT)

3

so its basically the same thing as the apple ipod correct?

Posted by Vin on August 27, 2004 at 10:26 PM (PDT)

4

Yes it’s just an iPod! I Laughfed my a$s off at the fact that HP is selling these off as Windows only! What a freaking joke! What PC Users have been doing for the last Year or so Macheads can do to! It’s called ‘Restore’...

It only open questions are what can the HP+iPod do that any mere Mortal 4G iPod can’t. The Printer thing sounds usefull, but I’d hardly tie it to there platform. After all an iPod is just an iPod…

Posted by Ichijoe on August 28, 2004 at 2:36 AM (PDT)

5

The end of Apple iPod is near.
Say hello to cheaPod, the next crap from HP :(

Posted by Unbeliever on August 28, 2004 at 3:39 AM (PDT)

6

When I first heard about the HP iPod I was hoping they’d be able to offer discounts and it looks like it will happen. I never got why Apple refused to let any retailer discount their products. The question now is why would anyone buy a mini iPod when they can get a 4G 20GB for the same price?

Posted by Weasel on August 28, 2004 at 4:13 AM (PDT)

7

“Say hello to cheaPod, the next crap from HP”

Apple didn’t need any help from HP to make a cheaper, crappier iPod - the terrible sounding, lemon-like low-quality 4G iPods managed that all by themselves.

Posted by decline and fall on August 28, 2004 at 4:30 AM (PDT)

8

I don’t get why Apple/HP thinks people will keep buying the iPod @ $350 when players like the Zen are $170 for 40GB!

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=55-102-128&depa=0

Posted by skipper on August 28, 2004 at 4:42 AM (PDT)

9

“Say hello to cheaPod, the next crap from HP”

Apple didn’t need any help from HP to make a cheaper, crappier iPod - the terrible sounding, lemon-like low-quality 4G iPods managed that all by themselves.

The 4G sounds just as good as any other iPod, what are you talking about?  I have one and don’t have any probelms with it.

I don’t get why Apple/HP thinks people will keep buying the iPod @ $350 when players like the Zen are $170 for 40GB!

Simple, the iPod is much nicer, eaiser to use and more elegant than any other player out there.

Posted by Squirrelly on August 28, 2004 at 4:51 AM (PDT)

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“I don’t get why Apple/HP thinks people will keep buying the iPod @ $350 when players like the Zen are $170 for 40GB!”

Well - they (we) do.
Maybe because a portable disk with headphones isn’t a very good mp3-player…

Posted by Magnus on August 28, 2004 at 5:44 AM (PDT)

11

I initially had a Zen but switched to a 4g Ipod.  Why?  The memory was nice but the Zen is loaded with problems of its own and the program it uses to transfer files is terrible.  The new 4g ipod has its fair share of problems but none are as bad as the zen.

Ever since HP merged with Compaq the quality of HP merchandise has went down hill (this from my friends dad who works for HP).  HP has their own MP3 player…why not just stick with it?

Posted by screaminbuckeye on August 28, 2004 at 5:46 AM (PDT)

12

There might be a problem with this offer. If you read the conditions to get the 10% off it says the item has to be in stock, which the HP iPod isn’t. Also, the offer expires 8/31 and the HP iPod’s won’t be in stock by then.

Posted by Weasel on August 28, 2004 at 6:20 AM (PDT)

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> Maybe because a portable disk with headphones isn’t a very good mp3-player

Oh I’m not sure I agree. My husband expanded his player to 80GB by dropping in a new notebook hard drive (Archos).

I am pretty sure there’s no easy way for me to expand my 15GB iPod.

I like re-use - it’s more environmental.

Posted by all about size baby on August 28, 2004 at 7:54 AM (PDT)

14

one word for decline and fall

iDiot

Posted by raincoast in Nanaimo BC on August 28, 2004 at 9:06 AM (PDT)

15

Hey its lower prices. It’s what everyone has been asking for.

who cares if its called iPod + HP its the same old iPod with better battery life than G3s and the cool click wheel.

the HP partenrship is a good thing.

Posted by ariza on August 28, 2004 at 9:56 AM (PDT)

16

one word for you: insufficient.

Posted by rainco4st on August 28, 2004 at 6:11 PM (PDT)

17

The only place that does really offer a disount on ipods is apple - you can’t undercut your own re-sellers ... and while other places might not offer a price break, there are other advantages they throw in Amazon (no taxes, free shipping) etc ...

Hp’s print ads clearly notes that the ipod & tunes are mac/pc. Besides, you have to be a pretty clueless Mac user not to realize that ipods can also used with a mac - Apple probably is not really counting on you for a lot of revenue.

The HP ipod is for PC users who still have only a cague concept of a mac. Discounting those who hate the mac, the mac is like Tiffany’s - too intimidating for them to step inside - HP is like the Gap - much less intimdating - they have an HP printer so this is a stamp of approval that they can get anm Mp3 player.

The more the better. In Entertainment Weekly, there is a 4 page HP ipod ad on starting on page 2.

Posted by jbelkin on August 28, 2004 at 9:55 PM (PDT)

18

As for ZEN - if your only criteria is hard drive capacity, get a ZEN. You can also get a Chevy Cargo Van for $15,000 - much less than most cars with half the storage capacity but if hard drive is your buying criteria, get the ZEN Cargo Van of Mp3 players. If you actually listen to music and need to navigate more than 19 songs, then you’ll want an ipod.

It’s really that simple. In this case you are clearly focused on the wrong criteria. If you’re only buying it as portable HHD drive, the ZEn is probably a good deal but as an Mp3 player, it’s like ending up with a cargo van becsause it has the most cubic feet of storage (never mind it drives like a top heavy truck, is mostly bare metal and there are only 2 seats).

Posted by jbelkin on August 28, 2004 at 10:02 PM (PDT)

19

it’s not true that the onlything the Zens have going for them is their low price and high capacity.

Zens have very good and configurable sound settings and EQs. You can do lots of nifty crossfading, beatmatching, pitchshifting, and re-spacialization tricks with the playback.

Apple could learn a lot from Creative’s playback implementations, if Apple was serious about making the iPod a high-end audiophile/DJ device.

Posted by fidelity on August 29, 2004 at 6:46 AM (PDT)

20

“If you actually listen to music and need to navigate more than 19 songs, then you’ll want an ipod. “

Thats quite an ignorant statement…my friend has a 128mb player and can navigate more then 19 songs smile.Yeah..I have an iPod but my next player is going to be the Archos Gmini 400. Same weight as the 20gb iPod..basically same size. Only some big differences..2.2 inch COLOR screen. I can bring all my photos with me to show friends, my videos (I edit video and stuff) and show my friends all in the same package size an iPod is in. Ive used other mp3 players, sure ZEN doesnt have the best controls but iRiver and other nice MP3 players have good controls. My next is NOT going to be a pod…sorry apple…I’ll stick with your computers.

Posted by Boaguy on August 29, 2004 at 8:27 AM (PDT)

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