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iPod+HP...WHY?!


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I cannot imagine why somebody given the choice would buy an HP ipod. That being said, I had the following conversation with the check out woman at Compusa.
My friend Max turned to the both of us and said, "Why is there an HP logo on the ipod?"
The nice woman behind the desk said, "HP makes the ipod now."
I corrected her, "Apple still makes the ipod, HP just put their name on it."
my friend Max said, "whats the difference?" The nice woman also fielded this one for me.
"You don't have to use itunes, so it's easier." at this point, Max, who loves his ipod and is a big advocate of iTunes told her she was a stupid woman for saying that. At the end of the day I thought that it was funny how little people who are supposed to help us with our purchases really know.
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I cannot imagine why somebody given the choice would buy an HP ipod. That being said, I had the following conversation with the check out woman at Compusa.
My friend Max turned to the both of us and said, "Why is there an HP logo on the ipod?"
The nice woman behind the desk said, "HP makes the ipod now."
I corrected her, "Apple still makes the ipod, HP just put their name on it."
my friend Max said, "whats the difference?" The nice woman also fielded this one for me.
"You don't have to use itunes, so it's easier." at this point, Max, who loves his ipod and is a big advocate of iTunes told her she was a stupid woman for saying that. At the end of the day I thought that it was funny how little people who are supposed to help us with our purchases really know.
I really dont like CompUSA's customer service at all. I don't really like their prices and they have terrible customer support from what I hear.
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Stay away from CompUSA, there is your solution.
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Stay away from CompUSA, there is your solution.
That sounds like the best advice I've ever heard!
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Best Buy is terrible as well...looks like circuit city is my store.
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Because they work off of commishion, so they actually care.
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But the real reason I made this thread is why would apple want HP to put their logo on it, and why would anybody buy an HP one instead of a genuine apple one?
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I don't think there is a reason. They probably just want a piece of the MP3 player market. Not only that, they can market it for PC. There are so many un-informed users out there who think that if its HP, then its made for PC. They are capitalizing on that market.
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More people buy HP/Compaq than Apple. That's a fact. HP/Compaq are the 2nd largest computer manufacturer in the world. So, you're in the shop, buying your HP/Compaq PC and the sales man asked you if you want a music player to go with it? It's got the HP logo on it and so has your new computer, printer and scanner. So you buy it.
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I think it's a huge shame. The iPod is what made me take Apple hardware and software seriously and eventually led to the purchase of my beloved Powerbook. Even though it was PC compatible, it never let you forget that it was made by Apple, dammit, and too right they should get the credit!

Now that HP are involved, it's just another bit of PC hardware and most people will be ignorant enough to think it's made by HP. That makes me sad.
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Why did HP slap their logo on the iPod?

Because Apple let them...
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If apple is going to join teams with anyone...it would be HP. They have interests closer together...and HP knows that if it hooks up with apple now, it will be better for them in the future..same with apple...they needed someone to help them get even more iPods out there..especially for pc users...HP sells a lot of pcs, so if they also offer deals for iPods with computers...it's better for both companies...people who don't want to buy apple..for whatever reason..may still want an iPod...who does that lead them to? HP, that's right. Apple might not sell those people a comptuer, but they're selling them an apple product..the iPod...and who knows....maybe after their experience with the iPod..an apple product..just maybe they'll want to try other apple products...like a powerbook, powermac, ibook, iMac..etc....it's a good business venture for both companies. Apple had to connect with someone in the pc world..and out of those in existence...HP had to be the number one choice (sony vio wasn't viable...for they are trying to sell their own music player). It wouldn't have made much since for HP to try and create their own player...it was too late in the game...they would have pretty much gone un noticed. Well, that's a long rant, but I hope that helps...at least with one persons take on the matter...an expansion of what's already been said..and a little more, I think.
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Just take a look at their past too, both companies were started basically out of a garage they relate very closley to each other.
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Although it's got the HP logo on it, it has still got the Apple logo on it and the iPod brand. The adverts on TV all say Apple. The updates and software are provided by Apple from the Apple web site. iTunes is made by Apple. It has the Apple logo on it when you start it up. The box has the Apple logo on it.

It's still an Apple iPod.
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