iPod+HP

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iPod+HP
HP iPod mini.jpg
An iPod mini with HP branding
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypePortable media player
Release dateJanuary 8, 2004 (2004-01-08)
DiscontinuedJuly 29, 2005
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The Apple iPod+HP was a line of HP-branded iPods, distributed through HP.

On January 8, 2004, Carly Fiorina announced the Apple iPod+HP deal at the Consumer Electronics Show.[1] The first device of the iPod+HP line was the fourth-generation iPod, available in 20 and 40 GB of storage.[2] The Apple iPod+HP was originally intended to be available in "HP Blue".[3]

HP later added the iPod mini, the iPod photo, and the iPod shuffle to the lineup.[4] 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.

Deal termination[edit]

On July 29, 2005, HP announced that it would terminate its deal with Apple. Even though the deal was terminated, part of the deal prevented HP from making a rival digital music player (MP3 player) until August 2006.[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 players under the HP brand.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HP Will Resell Apple's IPod". TechHive. 2004-01-08. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  2. ^ This iPod Isn't an Apple Product - The History of the HP iPod (A Retrospective), retrieved 2021-03-12
  3. ^ "HP's Blue iPod Revealed". MacRumors. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  4. ^ "English". press.hp.com. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  5. ^ "Technology News". CNET. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  6. ^ PC Magazine: HP Drops iTunes for Rhapsody