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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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Notice that if you go to the hp ipod site, and click “learn the basics,” the website there has it selling as “Apple ipod + hp.” The “hp” ipod is still carrying the Apple name.

Posted by draell on September 10, 2004 at 4:44 AM (CDT)


I don’t see how this can be bad for Apple. 

Apple is getting iTunes put on every HP desktop, no?  With that deal, HP also gets to manufacture and sell the very successful iPod.

How is that bad for Apple?  Everyone knows Apple makes the iPod—it’s clear.  I highly doubt iPod will become a verb like tivo or google.

Posted by schiano on September 10, 2004 at 6:42 AM (CDT)


I was introduced to the world of computing about 7 years ago… thanx to HP… i now have 3 HP computers…. and an original Apple Ipod, I prefer the original, however, if the price of the HP is lower than that of the original (which it is) then i would defeinetly go for the hp ipod, there are no disadvantages… calling it “ugly” is simply a matter of opinion and a bad excuse since it is VERY similiar to the original

Posted by Hitesh Sawlani on September 10, 2004 at 7:22 AM (CDT)



It is not similar to the Apple Ipod, it is identical

Posted by mumpp99 on September 10, 2004 at 7:30 AM (CDT)


Apple needs to expand their products into worlds outside their limited marketshare. HP will not steal the iPod brand. The brand is iPod, forever linked to Apple. This is the best way for them to blend into the larger computing world. Jobs knows what he is doing. When Apple licensed their OS years ago, Jobs put a stop to it because it was cannabalizing Mac sales. The iPod is different and the dominance of the product must be nurtured not restricted.

Posted by macandpcuser on September 10, 2004 at 8:04 AM (CDT)


“Yeah, those how-many-million iPods that have been sold so far must not have “really” been selling.”

Dude, compared to mobile phone sales - in the tens of millions per model per year—and printer sales, in the millions per each model per year—that companies like HP or Sony or Nokia produce, Apple is small potatoes - a niche producer, a boutique seller.

Even with its narrow product range and limited distribution channels, Apple’s sales execution is notoriously lousy. It frequently overproduces unpopular models while underproducing popular models. It is also slow to react to market trends.  This has been a consistent pattern and failing of Apple for 20 years. This is also why generic box shifters like Dell and Acer and, yes, HP have grown to be hundreds of times the size of Apple.

That’s why Apple needs marketing and production partners. It has neither the corporate DNA nor the economies of scale to maintain market leading position and has watched over and over while other better executing companies come along and reduce it to a marginal player.

The HP deal is a good idea. Let’s hope it goes further and Apple opens the entire iPod platform for licensing, rather than OEM branding.

Posted by low volume on September 10, 2004 at 8:45 AM (CDT)


I think we are missing a big point. I wish ipod was only sold in apple stores, however, I happen to have 3 stores within 30 minutes of home. I have got about 100 best buys, comp usas, fry’s, circuit ciy’s, etc… in that same radius. HP is probably in every one of those stores.

Posted by Yellow on September 10, 2004 at 8:49 AM (CDT)


Well I guess low volume didn’t miss the point

Posted by yellow on September 10, 2004 at 8:52 AM (CDT)


Already HP is starting with purchase perks. You get a tunecast FM transmitter if you buy a pod at CompUSA. I love the Apple iPod, and sales should start skyrocketing now that the “average” computer person or parent can buy an iPod that isnt plagued with that silly fruit logo. Good for HP. Good for Apple. End of discussion.

Posted by Lupin III on September 10, 2004 at 9:17 AM (CDT)


And guess what…. No thanks to HP and Apple,

the Apple stores in my country just increased all the iPod accessories by a whopping RM50!! Mind you that’s about US 12++.

That’s one piece of crap from those business opportunist suckers…

Posted by Tony Kam on September 10, 2004 at 9:32 AM (CDT)


Talking madness.  Yes, exactly.

Posted by The Raven in USA on September 10, 2004 at 10:35 AM (CDT)


“..., but HP stole their sole. “

HP stole Apple’s fish??? I’m confused.

Posted by fisherboy on September 10, 2004 at 10:35 AM (CDT)


“I could not understand why people is trashing Apple.”

Because some people are idiots, that’s why.

Posted by The Raven in USA on September 10, 2004 at 10:38 AM (CDT)


“I don’t see how this can be bad for Apple. “

It’s not.

Posted by The Raven in USA on September 10, 2004 at 10:40 AM (CDT)


People trash Apple because the only way to get a decent PC iin the world that is anything comprable to a Mac is to build their own or pay more for a PC than an Apple from a company like Falcon NW and Alienware.  People bitch about Macs costing so much but can you argue paying for something that works without giving you trouble, comes with almost every program you need to movie into the digital age and not to mention a kernel much more powerful than Windows I think not.

Posted by tussery on September 10, 2004 at 10:48 AM (CDT)


hp is just selling the iPod. I can see no harm in that.

Posted by sparks9 on September 10, 2004 at 11:08 AM (CDT)


“‘..., but HP stole their sole.’

HP stole Apple’s fish??? I’m confused.”

I think he meant that HP stole the bottom of Apple’s shoe. Fish? You’re so silly sometimes.

Posted by inkmonkey on September 10, 2004 at 11:13 AM (CDT)


Apple® - iPod™ from HP 20.0GB* Digital Audio Player
Our Price: $299.99

Oh yeah it is cheaper by 0 dollars and -30 if you happen to take advantage of Apple education discount.

Posted by tussery on September 10, 2004 at 12:07 PM (CDT)


People have been predicting Apple’s demise for years. I think if people were to stop waiting for them to die and just pay close attention to the amazing products they make, Apple would hold a bit more market share than they do now.


Posted by narco in Burbank on September 10, 2004 at 12:18 PM (CDT)


HP stole Apple’s SOUL!  Their SPIRIT.  Their REASON FOR BEING!

Soon the iPod will be just an ‘iPod’.  Not an ‘Apple iPod’.  In fact, soon many people with PC’s will think they need the ‘+HP adapter’ to make their iPod work with a PC.

Of course we know there is no ‘+HP adapter’, but many consumers will think there is something different about the iPod+HP and get it over the regular Apple iPod.

Apple didn’t call it the obvious name ‘hPod’ because they knew it would cut them out of the equation faster—smart move on their part—but that leaves us with a stupid name ‘Apple iPod+HP’.

Posted by Talking Madness on September 10, 2004 at 12:19 PM (CDT)

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