HP buys mobile music company Melodeo

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“Computer giant Hewlett-Packard has acquired Melodeo, a Seattle-based start-up that specializes in music applications and services for mobile devices, the companies confirmed on Wednesday,” Matt Rosoff reports for CNET. “Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but an anonymous source told TechCrunch that the price was around $30 million. The acquisition vaults HP into the battle for mobile music services.”

“I’ve written about Melodeo’s products a couple of times, most recently in January, when I got a demo of a forthcoming update to Melodeo’s Nutsie app for Android phones. Nutsie (the name is an anagram of iTunes) runs on several mobile platforms, and gives users a way to get music from the iTunes library on their computer to a mobile device over the air… Basically, Melodeo was building an online music locker, like what MP3Tunes offers,” Rosoff reports. “It sounded like a great solution for Android’s weak spot in music, and I even speculated that Google might acquire Melodeo. But the updated Nutsie app hasn’t come out yet, and when I contacted a spokesman about two weeks ago, he told me that Melodeo had some big news coming up that was delaying its product plans. This was it.”

“So what’s HP going to do with Melodeo? My guess: it’s going to build a music streaming service for the WebOS mobile device platform, which HP gained in its acquisition of Palm earlier this year,” Rosoff reports.

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  1. Hp now has owns web OS, A music service, and makes hardware products of all kinds. The are probably the only company that if they do this right might be able to offer some competitive products that mimic Apple’s offerings.

    They have deep pockets and can stay around for the long haul as they have so many revenue streams, Enterprise, Printers, Computers etc. from which to draw on. I think they are wanting to to get into mobile because that is such a lucrative market.

  2. It’s a secret, but coming soon to a printer LCD screen near you is going to be a bright menu asking you to choose between the following printer options:

    1. Surf the we while waiting for you print job to be done.

    2. Listen to music while you wait for your print job to be done

    3. Cancel print job, go back to your desk and try resending it again

  3. Right after HP purchased Palm, they made a statement about not getting into the phone business. They made it sound like they were just buying Palm so they could use webOS in tablets. The purchase of a mobile music company seems to contradict that. Yes, I’m sure people play music on their iPads, but I expect most people like taking their music with them, in their pocket. This means mobile phones.

  4. HP is trying too hard to be all things to all people. In the process I feel their overall quality has dropped considerably. I use to be a HP only printer person but with the problems I have encountered in the last couple of years with quality, I no longer buy them for my business or personal use. I have a dead LaserJet P3005dn (as do apparently many other folks based on on-line forums) that is proof of my point.

  5. @ Amazin1,

    “HP is trying too hard to be all things to all people.”

    And, Apple isn’t? The next big thing may just be replacement ink cartridges done right. Apple is going after the low hanging fruit, no matter where it is to be found.

  6. @MDN

    You know how you have your iPhone Killer tag line that has all the iPhone wannabes?

    You need to do the same for stories like this with the tag line Apple wannabes!

    Microsoft (have a strikethrough line through it), Dell (strikethrough), Google (strikethrough), HP (strikethrough), NEXT… I’m sure MDN can think of some more companies emulating the Apple eco-system business plan!

    @Big Al: “The next big thing may just be replacement ink cartridges done right.”

    Didn’t Apple do that some 19 years ago? From Wikipedia: “The StyleWriter was Apple’s line of inkjet serial printers, targeted mainly towards consumers. They produced print quality that was better than the dot matrix ImageWriters, and were cheaper than the LaserWriters. All but a few models contained Canon print engines, while the last few were re-badged HP DeskJet printers.”?

  7. Purchasing a company for $30M does not necessarily “vaults HP into [a] battle” for anything. HP history says that it won’t pay off, but who am I to stop them? Good luck, HP.

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