HP Discounts Its Last iPods

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2005-10-06 Print this article Print

Hewlett-Packard has put its own HP-brand iPods on sale, signaling the end of the line for the co-branded music players.

Thats all, folks. Hewlett-Packard Co. is discounting its HP-brand iPods in an effort to sell off its remaining inventory of the portable music players.

The computer giant, which in late July said it would discontinue selling its HP-branded version of the Apple Computer Inc. music player, has lowered the prices on several of its remaining Apple iPod + HP models on the HPShopping.com site with an instant rebate.

HP added the 15 percent rebate—which allows people to purchase a 512MB iPod Shuffle + HP model for as little as $84, under its regular price of the $99—in an effort to sell the remaining players it has on hand, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.

HP offers Apple iPod Shuffle + HP models with 512MB and 1GB capacities, along with Apple iPod Mini + HP models of 4GB and 6GB capacities and Apple iPod + HP models in 20GB and 30GB sizes. Aside from having the HP logo, the only noticeable difference between the HP iPods and Apple iPods is that iPod Mini + HP and iPod + HP models cases are gray, versus Apples bright white.

HP offers tattoo kits that allow consumers to print out stick-on covers for iPod models using HP printers.

Read the full story on PCMagazine.com: HP Discounts Its Last iPods
John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET News.com, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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