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HP To Start Selling Its iPod

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the it-isn't-even-blue dept.

HP 313

Dozix007 writes "Uberhacker.Com is reporting that HP said Friday it will start selling its version of the iPod in September. HP's white iPod will be sold in a 20-gigabyte and 40-gigabyte version for $299 and $399 respectively. Apple's prices are the same. It is essentially a clone of the current design, with no real modification."

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Is this really news? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104297)

What else was HP going to do with them? Eat them? Plant them in the ground and hope iPod trees sprout?

<homer> (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104449)

mmmh.... iPod trees....

This is a clone... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104299)

Just like so many FP clones, there can be only one.

If it works..... (3, Insightful)

ericdano (113424) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104300)

If it works, why change it? Hopefully prices will go down a little......

Re:If it works..... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104331)

you know, bows and arrows worked pretty well for a time.
why change em?

Re:If it works..... (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104536)

"why change em? "

Cos my villagers researched ARMOR!

Re:If it works..... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104350)

why would you lower the price of an item that's selling like crazy?

Re:If it works..... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104366)

if "it" works

What do you mean by "it"? HP's decision to stop all innovation and try to become a follower in everything they do by just cloning and reselling the products of others?

This aproach may work for the cheap taiwanese knock-offs companies we're all familiar with, but I'd expect better from HP.

These guys once had everything - the best CPUs (Alpha, PA RISC), and now they're an intel-clone-box-reseller. Solid operating systems (HPUX, VMS), and now they're just a microsoft reseller. The best search engine (DEC, now HP) could have been google.

Seems their strategy now it to let everyone else do all the innovation, and just become a follower and hope to make money reselling other's designs (such as attempting to resell Linux and use SCO FUD to become the prefered vendor).

HP... why don't you try hiring back some of those guys you fired and making some of your own advances again.

Re:If it works..... (5, Funny)

jimbolaya (526861) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104552)

These are innovative. You manage playlists using Reverse Polish Notation.

Re:If it works..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104478)

If it sells, why lower the price?

Prices DID go down a little... (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104549)

When Gen4 came out, they dropped the price about 100 bucks..

Doubt it goes down much further.. Will hover around that price, and each new generation will have bigger drives...

Just a guess..

The links are endless (-1, Offtopic)

Shard013 (530636) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104310)

It seems that a news site (slashdot) gets news from a news site (uberhacker) that gets news off a news site (ith online) Its getting a little too abstract or something for me here...

Re:The links are endless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104327)

Welcome to Slashdot. Other People's News

Re:The links are endless (-1, Offtopic)

empaler (130732) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104540)

Tyr browsing the /. clonesites front page, and marvel at the ingenious torture of the English language...

if two businessmen come with the same idea (4, Insightful)

stroustrup (712004) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104311)

one of them is useless.

Why couldn't they have chosen a lower price?

Re:if two businessmen come with the same idea (2, Informative)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104377)

because it _is_ an ipod, not just a clone. it's the same thing.

Re:if two businessmen come with the same idea (1)

Hollinger (16202) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104534)

If I recall, the reason HP's selling this is because it comes with the proper accessories to make the iPod play nicely on PCs. I can't recall the details (someone else care to fill this in?), but there are problems with using the iPod dock to charge the machine and also sync up your files at the same time, or something silly where on Macs it "just plain works" but on PCs requires extra stuff or steps.

Why didn't they go with the HP blue (5, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104312)

I thought one of the reasons that HP was selling the iPod was so that they could sell it in "HP blue", which would have given at least 1 reason to buy it from them(I don't use HP products, so I could care less but)

Re:Why didn't they go with the HP blue (5, Funny)

Phroggy (441) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104494)

Maybe because everybody was calling it "strangled corpse blue" instead. ;-)

Re:Why didn't they go with the HP blue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104547)

From what I remember, one of the main reasons behind this deal was that it would greatly increase Apple's production capability - and since Mini's are still sold out in most places, they need the additional production

iThod So (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104313)

Oh, sorry--I thought so. There were rumors that HP would eventually start selling those things.

What's the point? (3, Interesting)

Grant29 (701796) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104320)

Same function, same price, same look.... I'd rather have the original myself.
--

Play the Gmail Invitation Giveaway contest. 4 invites availiable. [retailretreat.com]

Re:What's the point? (5, Insightful)

aflat362 (601039) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104362)

My guess is that HP is thinking that people will "throw in an HP iPod" when making an HP computer purchase.

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104388)

You can pretty much say the same for all HP products (except their printers and calculators). Since they gave up PA-RISC, Alpha, HPUX, VMS, etc there really isn't much left in that company. Guess Carly's strategy was to no only be a reseller of windows, but to be a reseller of Apple too.

I just can't figure out why HP likes this strategy.

What's the point? (2, Insightful)

KangXii (785324) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104322)

Really, someone let me know. Please. If it's for competition, don't you think they should have different prices?

Invent? (5, Funny)

caober (751395) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104332)

HP should change their "Invent" tag-line to "Copy what works and will make us money".

Re:Invent? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104354)

HP is tryiing to leverage it's print and media technology. They will have skins that can be printed to customize the ipods. I think 10 skins for $14.99 and sort of follows the cell phone market where you can buy various faceplates.

Re:Invent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104432)

I think HP is trying to become an electronics reseller to business. They've abandoned most of their own technologies to mostly resell Windows and Intel to corporations and sell services.

It's not the strangest product they resell- Heck, this is the company that even co-brands T-Mobible wifi-access at starbucks.

and I think their management thinks this strategy's working well. seems they want to be the WalMart to corporations.

Re:Invent? (1)

blackwizard (62282) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104556)

They could also leverage their LightScribe technology for making CD labels. Buy an album from the iTMS, get the label for free?

Other tag-lines (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104413)

HP should change their "Invent" tag-line to "Copy what works and will make us money".


Or "Forget invention: If you can't beat'em, join'em" (merge with Compaq).

Or "Forget invention: Outsource to India."

Re:Invent? (1, Flamebait)

kdogg73 (771674) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104436)

I tell you what. As a life time Apple user, HP hit a soft spot with me. Supporting an Apple product, albeit with their name on it, says a lot to me. When my wife and I get a new computer for her, it will be HP. Let's hope they bundle one of those iPods with it!

Re:Invent? (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104458)

You understand that HP==Packard Bell in terms of build quality, right?

HP PCs are stupendously assy. Good luck with your purchase. I guess.

Re:Invent? (3, Informative)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104470)

Don't buy a retail / consumer HP. That advice generally applies to any other electronics product too.

Their corporate / IT stuff should be a lot better, although it depends on the model.

I think the grandparent post was a joke though.

Re:Invent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104531)

as someone who generally holds large computer companies in contempt, I bought a few dual processor Xeon proliant servers.

I have to say, the build quality was PHENOMENAL! I genuinely like Compaq kit, cos it's expensive, but there's thought but into it, but I was blown away by this stuff. redundant fans, exhaust funnels (not quite on the same par as Apple's G5) but it was NEARLY there! I will be buying HP again.

oh wait I did. my laptop is HP. the screen developed a crack in it and HP replaced the screen under the warranty with a turnaround of 3 days!

the only thing I was upset about was despite buying my laptop with XP professional, and therefore it has an XP professional sticker on it, but I'd stuck Gentoo on it... on the statement I got back said "Screen replaced, Bios Flashed, new OS installed"
Thanks HP for installing XP with probably EVERY option EVER. Including AOL icons, bathtub icons.. who knows!?

Re:Invent? (1)

gabbarbhai (719706) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104461)

A new HP insteady of an iMAC? Interesting..

Bad bad bad... (4, Interesting)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104334)

If the price is the same... they're screwed. Apple's Ipod force is brand recognition... Same feature set too! I wonder who thought that it would be a good idea... and they got a license from Apple (which cost $$$, and maybe a % of profits)... I just don't understand?

Re:Bad bad bad... (5, Funny)

maddskillz (207500) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104400)

Brand recognition and bling bling. Chicks dig Apple

Re:Bad bad bad... (1)

seann (307009) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104410)

Good technical support.

Re:Bad bad bad... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104411)

.. it's not a license, they are Apples with a hp logo on back, and an hp phone support/warranty. This is great for Apple/hp/and the consumer. If someone want hp blue, skin/tattoo it!

Re:Bad bad bad... (2, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104546)

"If the price is the same... they're screwed. Apple's Ipod force is brand recognition... " ... and an ill-informed implication that you need a Mac. This isn't necessarily a bad move for the masses.

Recognizable as an iPod? (2, Interesting)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104336)

More iPod units out, but possibly less iPod brand recognition? It says it's similar, but I'm curious how the iPod and hpPod differ. I guess it's good for Apple, as hpPod users will probably use the iTMS.

-- n

Re:Recognizable as an iPod? (1)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104480)

Or they'll do what most iPod owners do and get their music for free. You might find this interesting, [itunesperipod.com] and this [downhillbattle.org] . I should also say that I own an iPod, and not only have I never used the iTMS, but I don't even have iTunes installed.

Bundling possibilities? (5, Interesting)

chrispyman (710460) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104337)

Perhaps the reason HP is doing this is so that it can perhaps bundle the iPod with some back-to-school computer they'll be selling. Though I think they'd probably get more buyers if they had some sort of "limited edition HP branded iPod".

Re:Bundling possibilities? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104569)

Thank you. I'm sitting here wondering why HP is selling iPods (it's not like Apple is an unknown brand somewhere on the planet), and RTFA doesn't apply because both the Post links are useless.

Now we've got two reasons in this thread: bundling, and longer telephone support.

Anyone know HP's purported or actual reason for this move? I mean it's like buying a Focus from a Chevy dealer.

And does anyone happen to know if the EULA will be any different?

First Apple "clone" license? (1, Interesting)

lothar97 (768215) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104339)

Is this the first time that Apple is licensing their design/technology to another company to produce clones? Everyone gives crap to Apple for not licensing their earlier computers, and being overtaken by the IBM clones.

Good for Apple to extend their market, but might be bad if HP competes in similar market channels.

Re:First Apple "clone" license? (2, Informative)

McDutchie (151611) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104361)

Is this the first time that Apple is licensing their design/technology to another company to produce clones?

No. [lowendmac.com]

Re:First Apple "clone" license? (3, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104428)

HP isn't cloning the iPod, they're buying them in bulk from Apple. This is just like when Dell offered the iPod through their online store.

-jcr

Re:First Apple "clone" license? (1)

andfarm (534655) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104439)

Not the first time. Apple licensed the Macintosh to several clone companies for a few years sometime around 1997.

Completely offtopic, but why.. (2, Insightful)

jargonCCNA (531779) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104343)

Oh, why... did the poster submit a link to another Slash site?! Honestly, that's as productive as Google News linking to Slashdot! All it does is add yet another click to the process of finding the fucking news!

Re:Completely offtopic, but why.. (1)

KangXii (785324) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104495)

To advertise.. notice the same person posted it there.

Re:Completely offtopic, but why.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104509)

The poster owns the site. Wants to boost his hitcount.

Please, explain... (1, Insightful)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104344)

Price the same, looks the same, functionality the same, brand - uncool. Most people buy iPod because it's The iPod, not some obscure unknown mp3 player. (yes, there are cheaper, lighter, more robust, better players. It's just the great marketing hype and iTunes that make iPod "cool".) Why would anyone choose the "iPod copy" if they can get "iPod original" from the "cool" Apple at the same cost?

Re:Please, explain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104387)

AFAIK, the only thing that is different about the hPod is the packaging and some dumb stickers in the box that HP is calling 'tattoos' which go on the iPod to personalize it a little. The unit doesn't even have an HP logo on the back instead of the Apple logo.

don't know why someone would buy one from HP instead of Apple, since they're getting the same exact thing and once you take it out of the box you can't tell them apart.

Re:Please, explain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104394)

Because it's still called The Apple iPod (from HP). Looks the same, basically IS the same except it was (maybe) made at a different factory and has a tiny HP logo next to the Apple one on the back. And they can pick one up while buying their HP notebook, instead of venturing into the Scary Apple Section of the store.

Re:Please, explain... (5, Insightful)

LennyDotCom (26658) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104395)

Why would anyone choose the "iPod copy" if they can get "iPod original" from the "cool" Apple at the same cost?
because believe it or not not everybody has heard of the iPod
This will open the iPod to new markets

because apples are for n00bs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104469)

did you ever stop to think that some people think that apple is for losers who can't figure out how to use their computer?

Re:because apples are for n00bs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104506)

Right... like all these people!

http://www.apple.com/pro/

Re:Please, explain... (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104503)

Price the same, looks the same, functionality the same, brand - uncool. Most people buy iPod because it's The iPod, not some obscure unknown mp3 player. (yes, there are cheaper, lighter, more robust, better players. It's just the great marketing hype and iTunes that make iPod "cool".) Why would anyone choose the "iPod copy" if they can get "iPod original" from the "cool" Apple at the same cost?

This isn't an iPod copy, this is an iPod. It just happens to be sold by HP, and they added an HP logo to the back, right underneath the Apple logo.

Brings up an interesting question (2, Interesting)

Slavinski (713970) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104521)


What constitutes price fixing?

In case you're wondering why... (3, Insightful)

Sheetrock (152993) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104349)

The real question is really why not.

Before, HP didn't have anything like the iPos. Now it can flesh out its home electronics lineup a little bit. You know, sell it in a package with its own computers and tailor the advertising so people don't get too confused about mixing Apple hardware with PC hardware.

They did the same sort of rebranding with CD burners, if I recall correctly.

Support (3, Interesting)

NetJunkie (56134) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104352)

The HP model will come with 1 year of free phone support where I believe Apple's is 90 days.

Re:Support (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104437)

The Apple iPod comes with a one year warranty by default, although it can be extended to two to three years for like $59 us.

Re:Support (1)

ceejayoz (567949) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104462)

Dude, who needs phone support for an iPod?

Re:Support (1)

eriksarcade (715857) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104532)

anyone who buys it, duh :P

Re:Support (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104529)

The HP model will come with 1 year of free phone support where I believe Apple's is 90 days.

Apple recently changed their iPod phone support from 90 days to one free incident, so this is indeed a legitimate reason to choose HP.

Note that one free incident may be better than 90 days free support, if the incident occurs after 90 days. (I'm assuming it's one free incident within the first year, not during the first 90 days; I could be mistaken). Also note that one incident doesn't mean one phone call.

Just in time for christmas... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104353)

iCopy anyone?

Confusing to the End User (4, Interesting)

Robocrap (652257) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104356)

Why the need to release an iPod with an HP logo on it? I think the only impact this will have is added confusion to the average consumer. People are going to see these HP iPods, which they know full well are Apple iPods, and wonder what's different about them, when both versions are exactly the same. Furthermore, it doesn't give HP a "cooler image" as everyone and their cousin knows full well that the iPod was designed/manufactured by Apple. Some consumers may even think that HP blatantly stole Apple's design. I'm not quite sure I see the point of this, besides throwing HP a bone in return for having iTunes pre-installed on their machines.

Re:Confusing to the End User (1)

Rainbird98 (186939) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104402)

How is it going to be confused, it features the same white casing, Apple logo laser-etched on the back and comes in the same 20 + 40 GB configurations. HP is also offering iPod Tattoos - printable, precut, self-adhesive wraparound stickers to conform to the shape of the iPod.

Re:Confusing to the End User (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104450)

This gives HP distribution of the most popular mp3 player out there (creating a standard), and gives Apple access to all of HP retail locations (globally).

Re:Confusing to the End User (5, Insightful)

Biotech9 (704202) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104557)

I'm not quite sure I see the point of this, besides throwing HP a bone in return for having iTunes pre-installed on their machines.

You don't see the point? Then let me show you...

HP is the second largest PC supplier in the US. [66.102.11.104] Apple, is not. I can gaurantee you Apple will ship more ipods in the next 6 months with HPs platform to sell from than they have for the last year. HP has a market reach that is far in excess of Apples, and is an entirely different demograph. Apples target market of young fashion nerds with fat wallets already know about or have ipods, but HP can sell ipods to people that wouldn't be normally reading /. or apple.com.

With this and Microsofts entrance into music sales, it'll be an interesting few months running up to Christmas.

no real modification ? (1)

selderrr (523988) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104358)

Will it play unreal then ?????

On a more serious note (to gove moderators a headsplitting choice between funny & insightfull), i though there were no modifications at all : it even has the Apple logo instead of an HP one... A true homerun for apple

Re:no real modification ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104464)

It has both logos... and it comes with that short guy who yells "The plane, the plane!"

Re:no real modification ? (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104541)

it even has the Apple logo instead of an HP one

It has an HP logo next to the Apple logo.

Dell (5, Interesting)

lastninja (237588) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104371)

Is this really different from when Dell sold Ipods two years ago? I thought that Apple was going to license the Ipod to HP, now it looks like they have made HP into "just another reseller".

Re:Dell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104404)

Dell did what? Are you sure you're not just making that up?

Re:Dell (1)

reiggin (646111) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104418)

It's very true. Dell sold them through their online store. It was the original first gen iPod. They didn't market it heavy, though. I think it was mainly due to their development of their own player. It was before the iPods really took off with the second generation models.

A Clone? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104372)

"HP's white iPod will be sold in a 20-gigabyte and 40-gigabyte version for $299 and $399 respectively. Apple's prices are the same. It is essentially a clone of the current design, with no real modification."

Is it really a total clone? I have no doubts that it will be very high quality stuff, like everything from HP (except new printers), but will it have the same gay design? I really love Apple's stuff not only because of clear technical superiority but mostly because of their cheerful style, bright and lively colours, it is so livery, so merry, so pleasant; almost promoting a feeling of cheer. Will this new HP clone preserve the original gayness?

iPuke (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104375)

Please put a 48 hour embargo on all and any iPod related news, I think I'm coming down with iPod poisoning. Or is that just from seeing that Duke freshman's nauseating barf^Wblog entry about Free (TM) iPods?

Diamond and gold encrusted Ipod (1, Offtopic)

Confused Iconoclast (809279) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104379)

I saw something on TV today where HP was giving rap star P.Doodly an HP ipod that was gold inlaid and had inset diamonds.

Re:Diamond and gold encrusted Ipod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104448)

P. Dingley was asked if he is going to use his HP iPod and he replied: "No, it does not go well with the bling I normally wear and to tell you the truth it looks too much like my garage door opener, so I don't want to spend another afternoon trying to get the damned door open like the last time when I got that stupid pager."

The Obvious Advantage, (2, Informative)

foshizzlemynizzle (655903) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104398)

While all the parents make great points of "WHY" or "WHY NOT". I would like to add that HP may not make any money, or even promote their company logo. BUT, they have made a very advantageous business partnership. This opens up a whole new market for HP, who traditionally had only been involved in office oriented products. This allows them to branch off into the "everything for your digital lifestyle" market. Plus, they now have the prestige of distributing some great hardware. They esentially trying to become the Apple of the PC world.

Donuts, is there anything they can't do?

Retail Channels (2, Informative)

FigWig (10981) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104403)

HP has lots of retail agreements, so this will get the iPod on to even more store shelves. Costco will carry them for example.

No. No they won't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104533)

"Costco will carry them for example."

Not unless they get significant discounts. Costco discounts *everything*.

FINALLY!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104407)

a heterosexual version of the I Pod!!!

HP Printable Tattoos for iPod (5, Informative)

Anonymous Froward (695647) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104424)

No it's not joke. Here're relevant press releases and their "HP Tattoos" gallery:
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/ 2004/04082 7a.html
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press_k its/2004/ digitalexplaunch/fs_ipod.pdf
http://h10049.www1.h p.com/music/us/en/tattoos.html

has anyone thought... (2, Insightful)

Bin_jammin (684517) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104459)

perhaps the reason that apple went along with this is that they've finally maxed out their assembly lines, and the HiPod will be able to take up the slack. Considering the rapid growth of sales for apple, christmas season is likely to burn out their stock rapidly. If these are truly clones, made by HP under license, they should be able to take up the slack.

This could be good. (1)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104460)

After all, isn't competition good for the consumer? Also, I can't imagine Apple allowing an iPod clone without at least getting a commission.

Re:This could be good. (2, Insightful)

jonasw (778909) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104476)

For the Nth time, this isn't a clone. This IS an iPod, just with an HP logo instead of an Apple logo.

There is one big differnce with the HP iPod (2, Informative)

supervillain (737115) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104467)

You will be able to print your own skin for the ipod. I think its funny that people would normaly download skins for their software mp3 players like winamp. Now you will be downloading and printing new skins for your hardware mp3 player.

link to pritable skin artical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104501)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5839491/

Re:There is one big differnce with the HP iPod (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104554)

You will be able to print your own skin for the ipod. I think its funny that people would normaly download skins for their software mp3 players like winamp. Now you will be downloading and printing new skins for your hardware mp3 player.

I wonder if anyone will print an iPod skin that looks like the default WinAmp skin....

Not the Same at All! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104471)

"essentially a clone of the current design, with no real modification"

But with the HP one, you can, like, print out stickers and put them on the front. Stickers, man! I think I will put flame stickers on mine, so that the firewire works faster.

radioshack (3, Informative)

b0m8ad1l (608487) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104488)

We're getting them in at RadioShack later this month

Dont beat up on HP..Its good for us.. (5, Insightful)

cOdEgUru (181536) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104499)

Yeah, its the same thing. No question.

But think of it, HP will use resellers such as Staples, Officemax, Office Depot and other outlets which gives us a reason to use those 30$ off of 150$ coupons and other 10/20% Off coupons to buy these expensive players. For people who may balk at the 300$ price, cutting it down to 250$ sometimes is all the reason for them to spend the moolah. So repeat after me, its good for the consumers. who gives a flying fuck about whether HP had innovated or not?

Re:Dont beat up on HP..Its good for us.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104525)

But think of it, HP will use resellers such as Staples, Officemax, Office Depot and other outlets which gives us a reason to use those 30$ off of 150$ coupons and other 10/20% Off coupons to buy these expensive players.

Don't count on it. Lots of times I've gotten ad circulars with coupons like those, and always in the small print somewhere is something like "Discount does not apply to Apple computers" if the store in question carries Apple stuff. Most of the time it also lists the other choicest stuff that would fly off the shelves if people could use those coupons to chop the price a bit.

Uberhacker = Roland Piquepaille spam clone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104535)

What reason is there to go to the Uberhacker blog other than to boost the traffic?

There is nothing original or value added to the Slashdot post, and both writeups just link to the International Herald Tribune article.

We already have one Roland Piquepaille [slashdot.org] spammer [slashdot.org] , please don't turn yourself into another person who just contributes blog spam [weblogs.com] , even if the Slashdot "editors" let it slide.

Only compatible with Windows? (2, Insightful)

mac os ken (732050) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104562)

In HP's online store the listing for the 40GB iPod lists that it is only compatible with Windows. Check near the bottom of the listing. Are these things coming preformatted for Windows/HP computers? Hmmm...

Driver CD (1)

vurg (639307) | more than 10 years ago | (#10104568)

I just hope the drivers are downloadable and they won't charge $15 for the driver CD.

smart move (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10104570)

Many PC/Microsoft owners "think" anything from Apple needs to be used with an Apple to work.

HP branding makes it a more comfortable purchase, and Apple need not print "Works with Microsoft XP(tm)!" all over their boxes.

"Gee, that HP printer said 'XP Compatible' on the box, and it sorta works, so this should, too!"

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