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By Dennis Lloyd

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Published: Thursday, September 9, 2004
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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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41

“In fact, soon many people with PC’s will think they need the ‘+HP adapter’ to make their iPod work with a PC.”

Just another example of how smart Windows PC drones really are.

Posted by The Raven in USA on September 10, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT)

42

I still don’t see what some of your issue is with this re-packaged product.  Take a step back and look at it without buying into the marketing hype.  It’s an IDENTICAL product (with an additional HP logo laser-etched on it below the Apple logo).  All that is different with the HP branded product is marketing.  Oh yeah, plus I got my 40 gig 4G for $340, with no tax or shipping, and got a year warranty (instead of Apple’s 90 days) and a year of tech support (as opposed to a single call within the first 90 days).  That’s just superior support (on paper, at least).  But the product is identical to Apple’s 4G.

Posted by skechada on September 10, 2004 at 9:31 AM (PDT)

43

“low volume”:

Dude, did you just read a high school economics textbook or something? You throw around all these terms, but you have a number of contradictions and inaccuracies. First of all, I don’t think that HP is “hundreds of times the size of Apple.” Tens, maybe, but hundreds?

Also, Apple has an advantage over the large majority of PC companies: they are actually turning a profit.

Posted by Questioner on September 10, 2004 at 9:33 AM (PDT)

44

Some of you people are funny.  Since my original 5 Gb iPod, I have recommended iPods to all my friends and have convinced 8 people to buy them.  Also, because of this I personally know 4 people who are about or have purchased a new Mac in the last year. 

Of course iPods sell Macs…  I’ve seen it firsthand multiple times.  People like the simplictic, organic nature of a Mac.

You get what you pay for…

Posted by Reggae Tiger on September 10, 2004 at 10:36 AM (PDT)

45

Hi skechada,

Can you please let me know from where you got this 40gb ipod for $340 with no tax and free shipping? Then lowestprice I found was $389. Really appreciate if you can get back to me at the earliest as I need to place an order today itself.

Thanks,

Posted by hpipod on September 10, 2004 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

46

“Oh yeah, plus I got my 40 gig 4G for $340, with no tax or shipping, and got a year warranty (instead of Apple’s 90 days)”

Apple’s warranty for the iPod is 1 year, not 90 days.

Posted by Questioner on September 10, 2004 at 10:58 AM (PDT)

47

Talking Madness is obviously a troll.

Many trolls are actually people paid for by a competitor to trash another company’s product or service. Guess which company likely paid Talking Madness to write such garbage? I’ll guess Microsoft (but it could be Real).

Don’t feed the troll.

Posted by Truthsayer on September 10, 2004 at 11:09 AM (PDT)

48

Where to get ipod 40g for $340 with no tax and free shipping.

Can some provide me the link so that I can place an order for the same.

Posted by hpipod on September 10, 2004 at 11:31 AM (PDT)

49

‘low volume’ said, “HP have grown to be hundreds of times the size of Apple”

Rather than pulling figures out of your delusional imagination, why not take a few minutes and check the facts?

Hp has 4 times the market capitalization and 12 times the annual sales of Apple. Both 4 and 12 are considerably less than “hundreds.” FWIW, Apple appears to be growing faster than HP and is more profitable than HP.

Sheesh….

Posted by deasys on September 10, 2004 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

50

I thought it was supposed to be blue.

http://shriek.vir2.us/images/hpod.jpg

Posted by shelton on September 10, 2004 at 11:50 AM (PDT)

51

to the troll

umm, dude, if HP is better than apple, then why the hell are they selling APPLES ipod, not some peice of crap that they came up with?
i agree with the guy who said he would “feel dirty” using an HP ipod, the apple logo is so much cooler

Posted by Rigby on September 10, 2004 at 1:10 PM (PDT)

52

I got it on buy.com for the preorder and 10% off.  I believe it was $380 preorder + 10% off that.

Posted by skechada on September 10, 2004 at 2:08 PM (PDT)

53

Talking Madness has also not mentioned the fact that Apple still owns all rights to even the iPod+HP which means that if HP does something wrong they can kiss the iPod+HP goodbye and it would go back to just Apple.

Posted by tussery on September 10, 2004 at 2:25 PM (PDT)

54

We’ve had them at CompUSA for about a week or so now. I like ‘em since I can get real TAP on ‘em instead of ######## Applecare.

Posted by PsychicRefugee on September 10, 2004 at 2:36 PM (PDT)

55

I totally agree that the iPod will have even greater success and market share now that its being sold by HP.  I also think that people today who buy the iPod and who might even go to an Apple store to get it might finally see the amazing array of procuts Apple produces.  I also deffinitely think that today’s young, hip iPod users will be tomorrows Macintosh users.  I feel the iPod will increase the market share of Macintosh computers also.

Posted by JessP130 on September 10, 2004 at 2:58 PM (PDT)

56

I just ordered an iPod +HP on 8/8 and got it on 8/9, and I paid $279 for the 20Gig. The HP comes with a 1 year warranty instead of 90 days like the Apple.

I have nothing against Apple, I use Macs at work and home, but this was a pretty good deal for my first ever iPod. I am completely happy with it.

I think Steve learned his lesson, and seeing he has a good thing in the iPod, intends to dominate this market like Microsoft did with DOS.

CX

Posted by Charlie Xray on September 10, 2004 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

57

I don’t get it.  Apple sells the iPOD in Best Buy and Comp USA.  Why have HP also sell it.  Makes no sense.  It would make more sense for Apple to handle all U.S. distribution and HP all international.

Posted by Joe on September 10, 2004 at 5:22 PM (PDT)

58

Um…  Talking madness is a #####.

So my question is this…
Where is HO going to put an iPod that Apple has not? Circuitcity, best buy, Target, Comp USA, Fry’s…. They are all there.  Is this about Wal-Mart? Couldn’t Apple have done this themselves? I mean I could give a crap… more sales help Apple which means I can enjoy my Mac forever. The problem here is that the consumer is obviously dumb enough to not notice that thee are the same ipods that have been around forever. Bad consumer.
    A good part of Apple’s end on this deal was getting iTunes on every HP…..... We’ll see where Apple is going with this but I am seeing a record company. A kick ### record company.

Posted by Me on September 10, 2004 at 5:23 PM (PDT)

59

For HPIPOD:

I bought my 40gb 4G HP+iPod on buy.com whith a 10% (I found the discount code in ipodlounge) Aug 30, received it Sep 7, and the total price was 341.99, no tax, free shipping. Don’t know if this link is still live, but try it: http://www.buy.com/retail/coupon.asp?prid=82032244&dcaid=1688

Good luck!

elwilly

Posted by elwilly on September 10, 2004 at 5:48 PM (PDT)

60

“A good part of Apple’s end on this deal was getting iTunes on every HP.”

And every Compaq

Posted by tussery on September 10, 2004 at 5:59 PM (PDT)

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