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iPod+hp arrives in stores - early

Six days ahead of the September 15 scheduled release date, Hewlett-Packard’s version of the iPod - the “Apple iPod from HP” - is now available in retail stores. iLounge’s Dennis Lloyd spotted “a huge number” of units for sale at the popular Fry’s Electronics chain in Southern California, with 20GB and 40GB units consuming two full store shelves at a store. The units use partially different packaging, such that the 20GB model includes imagery of a woman in a room, while the 40GB version depicts a man on the street, each wearing the distinctive stylized white earbud cords that appear prominently in new HP advertising. As expected, the units retail for $299.99 and $399.99, respectively.

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1

Go HP!  Go!

Just a matter of time before Hp outsells Apple.  Yes, I know Apple will be sharing in the profits, but won’t it be ab appropriate slap in the face to Apple that it took a PC manufactuer to really sell their product.

Soon it will just be an iPod, not an Apple iPod, nor iPod+HP.  Hell, soon it may be an HP iPod with Apple forever out of the picture.

PC users have been saying for years that Apple is too arrogant, and now the time has come for Steve Jobs to be humbled by Fiorina (Carly Fiorina, CEO, HP).

Edit by Jeremy Horwitz, March 2005: iPodlounge has deleted a collection of negative and derogatory comments from “audiogeek” on our site, which we discovered have been posted by a writer for competing publications. As he has trolled and posted obnoxious comments in a number of threads, picking fights with our readers and editors, he has been banned from the site, and we strongly oppose his repeated mischaracterizations of various products and our editorial opinions. This comments thread was affected by his posts, and has therefore been modestly edited. If any of the other comments below do not make sense in the context of these deletions, we apologize.

Posted by Talking Madness on September 9, 2004 at 4:11 PM (PDT)

2

My bro ordered it from Buy.com on 8/20. it came 8/27.

Posted by mhz on September 9, 2004 at 4:21 PM (PDT)

3

Either way Apple makes money. Perhaps thats what Jobs wants. Rather than say Apple now caters to PC’s, he teams up with a PC maker to do it for him.

Doesnt matter where you get your iPod, it all comes from Apple and ultimately all the money goes to Apple anyway.

So if anything Job’s is pimping HP to push his iPods to PC Users.

Posted by richmds in Los Angeles on September 9, 2004 at 4:53 PM (PDT)

4

RICHMDS-

Get over it, man.  Apple is getting played on this one.

Yeah, they’re making a bit of money off HP, but HP stole their sole.  The one thing overtly Apple to cross over into the PC realm and now it’s gonna get perfected by a PC distributor.

Jobs lost his edge.  It’s the beginning of the end for him and his control over the music download business.  Not only will his control be taken from him, but soon even his influence on the industry will be taken from him.

Apple was too far out there and now everyone has learned from their mistakes and will trump them.

Posted by Talking Madness on September 9, 2004 at 5:02 PM (PDT)

5

Interesting article on Forbes.com - http://www.forbes.com/business/global/2004/0906/030.html

Posted by walkabt on September 9, 2004 at 5:08 PM (PDT)

6

In the past, it’s very hard, if not impossible, to get iPods below retail prices (except with student discount). With HP, hopefully more online retailers will sell them below retail prices (as with buy.com).

Posted by Good on September 9, 2004 at 5:45 PM (PDT)

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Apple balked at licensing their OS which was at least a decade ahead of doze (no offense) and still are in it though their market share is 2%.  Now, they have the top selling, best by far MP3 player, at least (since its inception) a decade past the competition.  Anything they can do to spread their market teaming up with other companies is brilliant.  Would you rather HP sell their own players for half the price?  Personally I think it was a good move, spreading your market—and dilute your image so people don’t think it is just “a mac” product.  Chances are… people who buy the ipod will then switch to a mac anyway… how do they lose?

ourwinter

Posted by ourwinter on September 9, 2004 at 5:45 PM (PDT)

8

I think it might possibly be a smart move by Apple to allow HP to sell the iPod. Once ppl get hooked on it’s ease of use they will more likely switch to a Mac. The advent of the new iMac G5, with it’s very esthetic, virtually wireless, and ipod-like form, seems to be evidence of this strategy which is good enough bait.

Posted by arosen on September 9, 2004 at 6:30 PM (PDT)

9

Apple sucks at meeting iPod demand.
Flat out.  The mini came out about 7 months ago and is STILL just about impossible to get.
The hp+iPod will be much more readily available & will help getting iPods out into eager the eager hands of music lovers.

Posted by adrenaline on September 9, 2004 at 6:37 PM (PDT)

10

AHH take out that first eager…

Posted by adrenalne on September 9, 2004 at 6:39 PM (PDT)

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There are a few things to address, so I’ll do them in reverse order.

adrenaline:  While the minis do fly off the shelf at an almost alarming rate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple can’t meet the demand.  Sure, you may have to wait a while to get one, but Apple could very well be sitting on them in an attempt to make the market anxious and making those who have them more likely to show them off.

Talking Madness:  This is in no way a sign of Jobs losing his edge.  Apple went to HP to suggest this and I’m pretty sure that the contract makes sure that Apple gets their money no matter what.  If it doesn’t, everyone at Apple has gone retarded.  The real reason they’re doing this whole thing is just to seed (not a pun, I swear) the Apple brand name into markets is might not have been in before.  A whole lot more people buy HPs than Apples, so by getting those people to buy an Apple product with their HP, they’re making it more likely that that person will later buy an Apple.  Companies that go for short term profit boosts often die (think .com bubble).  Apple has been around forever. 

Posted by Alden on September 9, 2004 at 6:55 PM (PDT)

12

I think ipodlounge should have poll about whether you would buy Hp iPod with the same price as the Apple iPod. Then, we will see actual opinion and sentiments of MP3 player / Portable Music player users.

Supply for Apple Ipods are very high, everybody is selling it. iPod mini you can not get one. Hp is not licensed to sell iPod mini.

I could not understand why people is trashing Apple. I myself is PC user + Ipod mini, got HP Ipaq running Familiar Linux. Bought 3 Compaq laptops before but now running Asus M3700.

Remember, HP Ipod is still Apple product with a HP wrapping to cater someone e.g. HP diehard.  I am just hoping they are cheaper, but NOT

Posted by NS on September 9, 2004 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

13

I ordered mine 8/30 from BUY and got it 9/7. The box is a lil’different than the one from Apple, and yes, it’s focused on WIN users. Fine with me, no difference whatsoever (except for the HP on the back.)
I love Apple, and let’s face it, marketing wise is an EXCELENT movement. So get over it, Apple used HP printers for quite a long time, now let them use a kick a** device, win-win situation. BTW, where can I find P-Diddy to have my iPod+HP with diamonds? wink

Posted by elWilly on September 9, 2004 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

14

received my hp ipod today…did the buy.com 10 percent off thing.

its awesome.  gave my wife the 3 G; haven’t had any audio difficulties

Posted by HK on September 9, 2004 at 7:10 PM (PDT)

15

the more people that have ipods, the more people that have constant exposure to itunes. that is apple’s real goal.

Posted by chillax on September 9, 2004 at 8:10 PM (PDT)

16

I find it interesting that Frye’s is listing this as an MP3/WMA player. 

Observe:  http://shop1.outpost.com/search_jsp/frys_search_results.jsp?query_string=ipod&resultpage=1

Posted by Lindan in Las Vegas on September 9, 2004 at 8:40 PM (PDT)

17

Have a look at this:

http://h10049.www1.hp.com/music/us/en/index_flash.jsp?mtxs=home-hho&mtxb=B1&mtxl=L1

And this as well.
http://www.hardwareluxx.de/story.php?id=953

For those who got it, does package comes with these tatoos.

Posted by NS on September 9, 2004 at 9:08 PM (PDT)

18

For those who have the hp+ipod on hand, how’s the audio quality compared to the original iPods? Is there any difference in built quality and accessories?
If they’re physically and electronically same as the original iPod, why would anyone still prefer to buy the more expensive iPods from Apple?

Posted by feargone on September 9, 2004 at 10:11 PM (PDT)

19

Ugh. Why would anyone want to buy an HP iPod when they can just get an original, sans the ugly HP logo.  I’d feel dirty having one of those.

Posted by EM on September 9, 2004 at 10:35 PM (PDT)

20

hp is a ###### company, im sorry most of you haven’t realized that yet

Posted by DC on September 9, 2004 at 11:18 PM (PDT)

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