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

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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Sorry, but I happen to think that this HP iPod is about the dumbest thing to come along, period.  iPod is already offerered for Windows by Apple (a decision which I was not totally in favor of when that decision was made).  So now Windows users have two different iPod packages to choose from and Mac users have only one?!!  Then Apple should CEASE making “their” iPod Windows compatible; it’s simply not needed any longer with the HP offering.  How soon people forget that the original iPod was a Mac-only product.

According to HP’s own PR, one of the reasons this rebranding, repackaging was done was to give Windows users more “instruction” on ripping CDs into MP3 (or other format) files.  Windows users don’t need a completely new, totally redundant packaging from a 3rd party company just to give them that instruction.  I learned how to rip MP3 files from CDs long before iTunes or the iPod were even born.  There was shareware and freeware available for this and the “procedure” was nothing more than drag and drop the CD track, one by one, over the encoding application icon.

Posted by bjbear71 in PA on August 29, 2004 at 4:41 PM (CDT)


The old Zen (before the Xtra) has incredibly powerful navigation equipment.  The on the fly playlists are amazing, as well.  It is let down by build quality and the fact that the damn front covers pop off like no one’s business.  If it did not have those issues, it would be the one to own, as the sound quality is great.

Posted by NickR on August 29, 2004 at 6:49 PM (CDT)


Sorry, I meant before the Zen Touch above, the Zen Xtra is what I was talking about.

Posted by Nick R on August 29, 2004 at 6:49 PM (CDT)


Geez. It looks like a lot of you have no clue as to why Apple is putting the HP name on the iPod. It all comes down to this: -

Apple approached HP asking iTunes to be preloaded on Pavilions and Presarios. Why HP? Well, HP and Dell have the biggest share of the desktop PC market. Previously MusicMatch, Wal-Mart, HP/Rioport Music Store links were included with the systems. HP said agreed and in return, got the iPod+hp deal. Apple will continue selling their iPod in the Apple Store while the iPod+hp will be sold in Windows-centric areas (e.g. Circuit City, Best Buy).

Posted by Neutral on August 29, 2004 at 11:50 PM (CDT)


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

Why would someone buy a BMW for 30k, when they can get a daewoo for 9k? Its all about quality and style.

Posted by Mcgreggor on August 30, 2004 at 2:00 AM (CDT)


And showing off!
doubt you can do that with a lyra or a zen.
you show off a zen, your friends will go “is that like an ipod?”
then you have to go “yea but cheaper”
then they look at you like you just bought some male lingerie.

Posted by John on August 30, 2004 at 2:47 AM (CDT)


I just sold my 3g IPod for $350 and placed the order for the HPod for $341.99 with free shipping. Thank you Jeremy for the info.

PS: It’s a “pre-order” ‘cause it’ll be shipped Sep 1.

Posted by elwilly on August 30, 2004 at 9:30 AM (CDT)


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

How many times do we have to hear this lame-ass reasoning?  Obviously there is more value to the iPod than just features and specs.  And in case you haven’t noticed, iPods seem to be selling just fine.

Posted by The Raven in USA on August 30, 2004 at 9:41 AM (CDT)


“iPods seem to be selling just fine.”

If iPods were still selling as hotly as last year then Apple would not have discounted the 4G prices by $100.

No manufacturer, and Apple especially, wants to reduce margins on high-ticket items unless forced to do so by weakening sales.

Posted by Sales on August 30, 2004 at 10:37 AM (CDT)


“doubt you can do that with a lyra or a zen.
you show off a zen, your friends will go “is that like an ipod?”“

You have a point. There’s little “early adopter” cred to be had from exhibiting a monochrome-screen, audio only player these days. Unless you’re a complete nouveaux riche knob like this black dude and encrust it with rocks.

No my friends. The real cool cred these days comes from showing off players with colour screens, integrated wireless and media card readers, and album art, video playback, screen saver/synaesthesia options.

Of course, having a player that supports advanced audio tricks like pitchshifting, phase variance, configurable EQs, digital output, karaoke, and beatmatching also helps, if you are showing off to those in the know.

But in both these categories - rich media and advanced audio - all of Apple’s current iPods fall far short.

The screens are particularly sad. Apple’s current avoidance of colour screens reminds me of how Nokia fumbled their mobile phone monopoly in the early days by sticking with their classy-yet-mono screens while Samsung and Moto went to colour and funky designs. Within a year or two Nokias went from “must haves” to “those old phones your Dad’s friends like”.

Watch out Apple.

Posted by showing out on August 30, 2004 at 10:50 AM (CDT)


The question now is why would anyone buy a mini iPod when they can get a 4G 20GB for the same price?

Oh - No, :( not this debate AGAIN !

Posted by retro on August 30, 2004 at 2:28 PM (CDT)


Any idea when buy.com is going to ship these new ipods?  I need it before september 17 because of a trip to Australia, and if it’s going to be shipped september first I can go back and cancel my $18 that I spent on overnight shipping.  Thanks.

Posted by Brian on August 30, 2004 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


“why would anyone buy a mini iPod when they can get a 4G 20GB for the same price?”

Why would anyone buy a Mini for this price when they could get a Rio Carbon for the same price?

5 GB
20 hour battery
smaller than the Mini
Lighter than the Mini (90g | 3 oz)
Cooler than the Mini


Posted by Carbon on August 30, 2004 at 7:51 PM (CDT)


competition is good people - if u disagree then ur a stupid communist - 

only people are complaining are either the idiots that paid full price or the other morons that have their tongue up steve jobs’s ass -

Posted by gabe on September 1, 2004 at 12:30 AM (CDT)


I would probably not be here if I wasn’t gifted a 40 gig iPod, so it is part of my life.  Before I got it, I had been looking seriously at both the Zen and the 20 Gig Lyra Multi Media device.  Both of them have their problems both from an external materials quality point of view.  The cases are cheap, and from a usability interface point of view, the iPod feels solid and is easy to use as well as elegant.  However, that being said, from a functionallity point of view, the others rock.  The batteries are easily replacebale, the hard drives are upgradable, they are constantly churning out new firmware that has added real and innovative functionality.  With the Lyra, you can rip (some kinds and with a hack most) DVDs, you can view pictures, and most audio types.  The Zen is very hackable, and people are sharing cool code, so you have a lot to play with.  Finally, they are around 60% of the price of an iPod.  Additionally, don’t get me started on the iPod and Windows compatibility.  I still do love my iPod, but as someone else said, for pure cred, Apple is missing the boat.

Posted by GeSchmidtt on September 1, 2004 at 5:31 PM (CDT)


someting intresting ..BUY.COM is till taking pre-orders on the hp ipod ...i orderd it when they had the 252 20 gig deal..but i checked my account today it says its shipped out..but the ship date isn’t till the 13th is that possible?

Posted by lakecheat on September 2, 2004 at 3:16 PM (CDT)


I checked my tracking order.  I guess they’re shipping pre orders early.  mine should be around the midwest by now.
i had two rio players, one of the first 64mb ones and one of the first cd/mp3 players.  both broke within six months.  not a good track record.

Posted by AlphaUltima on September 2, 2004 at 6:04 PM (CDT)


can anyone get the coupon to work?  i know that the one listed under this tread is dead, but there’s another one here..


Posted by chris on September 8, 2004 at 12:29 PM (CDT)


Woohoo! Just got my HP IPOD today! Can’t wait to go home and unpack it (I’m at work).
It like the night before Christmas and I’m staring at the present, waiting.

Posted by jennag on September 10, 2004 at 8:14 AM (CDT)


It’s not about the $$$ from the sale of the iPod, HP or Apple.  It’s about getting the iTunes program pre-installed on the world’s largest computer maker’s machines!!!!  (That’s how Explorer wiped out Netscape too.  This is about becoming the industry standard for online music.

Posted by Ishgabibbel on September 19, 2004 at 2:10 PM (CDT)

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