HP Branded iPod and Music Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Apple and HP have announced an interesting partnership

    HP and Compaq PCs and notebooks will come preinstalled with Apple's iTunes software starting this summer. According to Steve Jobs, "Apple's goal is to get iPods and iTunes into the hands of every music lover around the world, and partnering with HP, an innovative consumer company, is going to help us do just that".

    Peter Lowe, Apple's applications marketing chief, was recently quotedurging that PC manufacturers to bundle iTunes for Windows because of its distinct advantages over other services.

    Rumors of an HP Branded Player and Music Store were reported in early December, but there had been no indications that it was going to be an iTunes-rebrand
  2. greenstork macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2003
    Now that's a partnership worthy of market domination
  3. ehawk macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2003
    This is definitely huge! Who needs downloads from PC's when you can give it to them at the time of purchase.
  4. AirUncleP macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2002
    All Apple has to do is get it in the hands of the masses and this sounds like a step in the right direction.
  5. Stoffel macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Sounds like a good idea. I wonder how it will look like. Probably not so well designed.....
  6. Plissken macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2003
    This is huge! HP/Compaq is the largest computer corpoation in the country and they just turned to Apple for some product outsourcing. Talk about recognizing a popular market dominating product! this will be a very good entrenchment tool for the future of Apple and the iTMS/iPod product line.
  7. me_94501 macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
    As long as it's a blow to MS's music plans, it's good, even if the iPod itself loses share (though Apple would likely get money from licensing).
  8. tny macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2003
    Either HP or Apple is out of its mind. Either 1. Apple has given up on the idea of using the iPod to entice consumers to its computing platform, and figures it's worthwhile just to go after their MP3 player dollars, or 2. Apple thinks it's still a sound strategy, and HP is handing them a major victory.
  9. srobert macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Well... at least they won't be able to say that you can only get AAC form iTunes and can only play those on the iPod.

    This is BIG news. That's the second big argument that they were touting against the iTMS that is not valied anymore. (First one was that ITMS had only 350 000 songs as opposed to 500 000)
  10. agreenster macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Must say that this is an extremely suprising alliance. Why this wasn't announced at MWSF is beyond me.

    I usually dont do this but,

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I think the situation warrants it.

    Good for Apple and HP. 'Bout time something like this happened.
  11. Plissken macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2003
  12. ITR 81 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Probably same iPod just different faceplate cover with HP or Compaq logo on the back.

    How much of the PC market does HP and Compaq hold? Around 30% or so?

    Looks like iTunes and the iPod will be gaining even more PC users.
  13. Coleco macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2003
    Good idea

    This is no different than HP selling printers in the Mac market.
    I'll bet these will be identical to iPods except for something like a color variation and an "HP with Apple technology" badge.

    Could make for some good price competition, but you've gotta wonder how the retail market will choose which player it will carry.
  14. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    I wonder if HP's iPod will be cheaper than Apple's, like the Mac clones were when Apple allowed clones. I wouldnt mind getting a cheaper iPod, even if it did have a HP logo on it. I could always put an Apple sticker on it. :D
  15. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    I hope Apple is getting a small fee for iTunes being preinstalled on their PC's too. I know it's free to download but to let a pc vendor include it should cost a little :)
  16. the_mole1314 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Akron, OH
    I have one big problem with this: the re-branded iPod. I mean, what would it be? Would it just be the iPod, Apple logo and all, or a whole new shell? I'm worried about the iPod.
  17. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    hmm. I wonder how much the "HP ipod" will be like the real ipod. The same thing with an HP on the back instead of an apple? Or slight cosmetic modifications?
  18. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
  19. Marlon_JBT macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2003
    Detroit, Michigan
    This is huge.

    iTunes provided by HP Compaq

    hPod Music Player

    What will Apple think of next? Hopefully all of this money from licensing will go towards research and development for future Apple products.

    I'm with Coleco... this is probably going to be a badge engineered product, maybe with button and UI relocations/modifications.
  20. the_mole1314 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Akron, OH
    What's next? The new iHP, now running PPC G5 technology and OSX?
  21. Plissken macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2003
    umm, my sentiments exactly!
  22. achmafooma macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2002
    Northern Virginia
    This'll be huge... really huge. I know a number of people who hadn't even heard of the iTunes Music Store... the same types of people who don't know that they can download Netscape instead of using Internet Explorer.

    Lots of people only use what comes with their computers. iTunes being bundled with HPs is going to be HUGE for Apple.

    And when people get familiar with Apple and how cool Apple's stuff is, maybe their next computer won't be another HP, but a Mac. Just the mindshare boost will help Mac marketshare in the long run.

    Mindshare is important, and the more Apple gets the better. Things are already looking up (no more derisive looks from IT nerds when you mention "Mac" in their presence... heck, half the IT nerds I know [including myself] are switchers now).

    But where most IT nerds at least have a healthy respect for Apple now (hey, it's UNIX!), having iTunes on every HP user's desktop will help immensely with mindshare among "average" computer users who--in many cases--hardly know a thing about the iPod, iTMS, or the Mac.
  23. srobert macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
  24. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003

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