iPod+HP



The Apple iPod + HP is an Apple iPod 4G with an HP logo on the back, distributed by HP. On January 8, 2004, Carly Fiorina announced the Apple iPod + HP agreement at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Apple iPod + HP originally had to be “HP Blue”. Initially, HP only offered the 4th generation iPods of 20 and 40 GB. Later, HP added the iPod mini, the iPod photo and the iPod shuffle to the lineup. As these were officially HP products rather than Apple products, Apple Store Genius tablets were not allowed to repair Apple iPod + HP iPods and had to be sent to an HP Authorized Service Center for repair, despite identical designs.

On July 29, 2005, HP announced that it would terminate its agreement with Apple. Even though the agreement was terminated, part of the agreement prevented HP from creating a competing digital music player (MP3 player) until August 2006. HP continued to preinstall iTunes on home computers until 6 January 2006, when HP announced a partnership with RealNetworks will install Rhapsody on HP and a Compaq branded drive under the HP brand.



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