“The first computer with a built-in spot for an iPod is on its way–and it’s not a Mac,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “Hewlett-Packard is planning to add a prime spot for Apple Computer’s music player in its latest Media Center m7000 desktop PC. The computer doesn’t have a dock itself, but rather features a molded piece of plastic that fits around Apple’s own dock to allow the device to gracefully dock atop the PC.”
“The move raises the question of when consumers will see a similar feature on a Mac. By some accounts, Apple itself had been planning to include some kind of built-in dock in the Mac Mini, but pulled the feature before the product was announced in January. An Apple representative declined to comment,” Fried reports. “At the same time, the move signals that HP has not lost interest in the iPod… new HP-branded iPods are on the way and should be announced in the coming weeks, said Siobhan O’Connor, HP’s vice president of consumer brand and marketing. ‘Expect us to have, like we did with the original products, a very similar lineup to what Apple has,’ O’Connor told CNET News.com.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, this “molded piece of plastic” is only the beginning of a real “iPod push” from HP that will benefit both Apple and HP. So far, HP’s iPod efforts have been disappointing as we had expected much more when the HP and Apple iPod deal was originally announced.
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