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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. The Apple iPod+HP was originally to have come in "HP Blue".

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. 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.

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 (MP3 player) until August 2006, making it almost 3 years since the deal was made in January 2004. 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.

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IPod+HP Wikipedia


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