HP might launch webOS cloud-based music service, compete with iCloud

HP might launch webOS cloud-based music service, compete with iCloud
HP's webOS packs a lot of unique features starting with a card-based multitasking system and instant communication between devices, but HP might also be developing its own cloud-based music service to compete with rival offerings like Apple's iCloud and Google's Music. HP is said to have already engaged in talks with various studios, but it's the four major labels that it has to lure in order to get the scale needed for such a service. 

Even Google and Amazon have failed at this, so how could HP succeed? The rumor actually claims that HP has already been actively negotiating for a while and sources within labels confirm this. But while the main focus of the service is to be music, it might also encompass movie and TV shows. The upcoming HP TouchPad has been touted to come with a solution to synchronize your music with the cloud.

Is that a full ecosystem that HP is trying to build? The company aims high with its ambitions, but it might have actually been premature about a music service on the TouchPad.  Music industry sources warn about the talks being in the early stages and even HP not having established the exact parameters of the future cloud-based music storage.

Earlier, an HP spokesperson mentioned in a statement to music-centric website Billboard: "In March, HP announced that it plans to offer an expanded portfolio of cloud services for enterprises and consumers. … HP sees cloud computing lying at the heart of a connected world." To underline its music affiliations, HP has shot a commercial promoting music with gorgeous Alicia Keys. Finally, the HP TouchPad is coming with Beats Audio, but while you wait for all that to get release, why don't you check out the commercial below and get in tune with the future.

source: Reuters 



1. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Nothing ever happens until the first step. Have heard the rumour about integrating music services from HP last year after the purchase of Palm was completed and initial talk of devices were in gossip stage. They may not be there yet. But points for aggresion. Now, about that lack of apps ......

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

How about HP put out a decent phone first?!

3. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Give it time. Once they Release WebOs on PC's Apps, tools, Updates and Ideas are going to be flying out.

4. ihater unregistered

It seems like apple is trying to have anyone that tries to compete with them. Hp may want to watch out. They could be next. Apple is afraid that maybe the appeal of the shiny apple on the back of their devices may be losing it's hold due to companies like Samsung, Htc and Motorola offering Android based devices that in a lot of ways actually beat the iphone with better features and hardware. There's only one reason to buy an iphone and that's to jump on the apple band wagon. I'm not saying that the iphone is inferier in everyway.. Just in most ways.

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