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Steve Jobs talks iPod, iTunes and the recent HP deal

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Sunday, January 25, 2004
News Categories: Apple

Q: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) just announced that it would resell the iPod and load iTunes on its home PCs starting this summer. That’s a major change of course for Apple. Why? Have you approached other PC makers about doing similar deals?

A: HP looked at the choices they had, and they thought what we were doing was the best in the industry, and they expressed an interest in working with us. The more we discussed it, the better it sounded. Look, we don’t make our own printers. We use HP’s printers. They’re better at making printers than we are. HP decided that we’re better at making portable music players and online music stores, and there is no shame in any of that. I think it’s pretty smart.

Q: The iPod is Apple’s first non-Mac hit in years. What’s the significance of that to you?

A: It’s very exciting to be able to apply Apple’s innovation, engineering excellence, and marketing skill in a market where we don’t have that 5% market-share ceiling to see what we can do. And it feels good.”

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Boy, HP’s decision certainly couldn’t stem from the fact that they have more retail avenues than Apple will ever see.  Or that they will be able to bundle iPods with “multimedia” PCs.  Or that they don’t have to actually *do* anything and they still get their name on the best MP3 player on the market…

No, it must be just so people who hate Apple will be able to buy an iPod without the Apple logo.

Fanboys suck.  Apple fanboys swallow.

Posted by stark23x on January 27, 2004 at 11:01 AM (PDT)


//“No, it must be just so people who hate Apple will be able to buy an iPod without the Apple logo.”//

You missed the point.

Posted by turbora on January 27, 2004 at 4:06 PM (PDT)


“Fanboys suck. Apple fanboys swallow.”

Stark, you idiot.  Turbora was answering Ryan’s question (”...why would people want the HP version…?”), not trying to explain why Apple and HP went into this deal together.

Posted by Franklin on January 28, 2004 at 12:08 PM (PDT)


if i had a choice between the 2 i would still buy the apple ipod

Posted by darkness on January 28, 2004 at 6:07 PM (PDT)


So would I, but I already have 3.  Thanks.

Posted by turbora on January 29, 2004 at 3:19 PM (PDT)

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