iPod Whats the point of the HP iPod?


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Mar 14, 2005
Just seen the second press release regarding Hewlett Packard branded 30GB and 60GB iPod photo's being launched.

Can anyone offer a good explanation as to why on earth this is necessary? They are exactly the same, same price, just HP Apple iPods/

Am I being thick here?

What's the point?!


macrumors 6502a
Mar 8, 2004
American living in Canada
Amen to that, I've been wondering the same thing myself. Other than the fact that there is no advantage to it, it means wonderful Apple products are being marketed under the name of a company notorious for horrible computer problems. Well, at least in my experience that is. They used to make good printers, but now I can't think of anything quality they make. I'm on my 4th HP digital camera under my one year warranty, our new HP printers often jam, and all of the HP laptops I've worked on lately overheat a lot.


Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
Gone but not forgotten.
For me, the point was clear. I got my 40 GB 4g iPod for 10 percent off and the extended warranty works in the state of Floriduh, plus the standard warranty is longer. HP also is willing to answer support questions for the Windows world, something, apparently, that Apple is slow to do.


macrumors 65816
Mar 9, 2005
I wondered the same thing for a while, but then I realized that the average person always thought that iPods were for macs only....so a lot of sales were lost due to that. People associate HP with PCs/Windows so people who want an awesome mp3 player buy the HP/Apple iPod thinking thats the only want to get it to be compatible. Stupid, but true.


macrumors 68040
Apr 8, 2004
It has also lots to do with the marketplace. HP are everywhere, Apple isn't. Apple has the cool factor, HP doesn't.

It's kind of like the company I work for - we have an alliance with a large tech company, where when we get a software deal we try to sell our software on their platform, and they try to sell our software when they get a hardware deal. We have a large presence in wireless carriers where they don't, and they have a large presence in landbased ISPs where we don't.
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