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Sep 3, 2006, 12:29 PM
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swingerofbirch
Sep 3, 2006, 01:07 PM
I never understood the HP logo iPod thing.

Policar
Sep 3, 2006, 01:30 PM
What most people don't realize is that these weren't just rebranded Apple iPods. There's more to the whole HP thing than most people realize.

SuperSnake2012
Sep 3, 2006, 02:05 PM
I actually saw someone who had an HP iPod a month ago... the first one I saw in the wild :p

swingerofbirch
Sep 3, 2006, 02:10 PM
I have a friend who had one, it seemed exactly the same except for the logo. The only problem was that she had to go through HP for technical support which wasn't nearly as good as Apple's.

montex
Sep 3, 2006, 02:31 PM
I saw an HP iPod on sale a Fred Myers a year or so ago. I felt dirty just looking at it. Glad HP isn't tarnishing iPods anymore.

steve_hill4
Sep 3, 2006, 03:15 PM
I have a friend who had one, it seemed exactly the same except for the logo. The only problem was that she had to go through HP for technical support which wasn't nearly as good as Apple's.
That was one of the few minor differences between the iPod and the "hPod", the others were Windows only software discs and the promotion of printable tattoos. When they ditched the HP iPod, they also stopped pre-installing iTunes onto their machines.

Out of interest, I wonder how many HP eventually sold.

Porco
Sep 3, 2006, 04:08 PM
Whether intended or not, I think HP iPods and the iTunes mobile (cell)phones are great things for Apple to point to in the event of any kind of legal monopoly defence in the future - it shows Apple are willing to license and co-operate with other companies with their digital media business as long as the terms suit Apple. Of course a cynical person might suggest that's one of the only reasons they actually bothered doing it in the first place...

technicolor
Sep 3, 2006, 04:10 PM
What most people don't realize is that these weren't just rebranded Apple iPods. There's more to the whole HP thing than most people realize.
Care to explain?

mkrishnan
Sep 3, 2006, 04:14 PM
Care to explain?

I'd like to hear it too. :o

There were more business intentions... True. And this involved prominent placement of iTunes on HPs. True. But by the time HP decided to get out... it was a win-win, essentially. Apple didn't really need HP to help it's market position and it was convenient that HP had little luck selling rebranded iPods....

mduser63
Sep 3, 2006, 08:31 PM
What most people don't realize is that these weren't just rebranded Apple iPods. There's more to the whole HP thing than most people realize.

So in what way were they different? Everything I've seen says that the hardware was identical, the only difference physically was the addition of an HP logo to the back. There may have been some modification in initial setup to make things easier for Windows users (already formatted in FAT32, maybe?) but hardware wise they were the same.

SilvorX
Sep 4, 2006, 03:34 AM
The Zellers chain (owned by Hudson Bay Company) here in Canada still sells the HP branded iPod (shuffle) in their catalogs, and the prices are more than than the current Apple-branded-shuffle prices I believe