HP Branded iPod and iTunes Music Store
Apple and HP have announced an interesting partnership
Working to provide consumers with the most compelling digital content whenever and wherever they desire, HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) today announced a strategic alliance to deliver an HP-branded digital music player based on Apple's iPod, the No. 1 digital music player in the world, and Apple's award-winning iTunes digital music jukebox and pioneering online music store to HP's customers.
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 quoted urging 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 iPod/iTunes-rebrand.