iPod+HP

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An iPod+HP

The Apple iPod+HP is an Apple iPod 4G with an HP logo on the back, distributed through HP.

On January 8, 2004, Carly Fiorina announced the Apple iPod+HP deal at the Consumer Electronics Show.[1] The Apple iPod+HP was originally to have come in "HP Blue".[2]

Initially, HP only offered the 20 and 40 GB 4th-generation iPods. HP later added the iPod mini, the iPod photo, and the iPod shuffle to the lineup.[3] As these were officially HP products rather than Apple products, Apple Store Genius Bars were not authorized to repair Apple iPod+HP iPods, and they had to be sent to an HP Authorized Service Center for repair, despite identical designs.[4]

On July 29, 2005, HP announced that it would terminate its deal with Apple. Even though the deal would be terminated, part of the deal says that HP cannot make a rival digital music player until August 2006, almost making it 3 years since the deal was made in January 2004.[5] HP continued to pre-install iTunes on home computers until January 6, 2006, when HP announced a partnership with RealNetworks to install Rhapsody on HP and Compaq-branded home player under the HP brand.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PC World: HP Will Resell Apple's iPod
  2. ^ Mac Rumors: HP's Blue iPod Revealed
  3. ^ HP Press Release: HP Adds iPod shuffle to Digital Music Player Lineup
  4. ^ iLounge Forums: iPod from HP
  5. ^ CNET News.com: HP to stop selling Apple's iPod
  6. ^ PC Magazine: HP Drops iTunes for Rhapsody