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HP to add iTunes-like media store for webOS users

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HP to add iTunes-like media store for webOS users
HP recently launched a TouchPad sign-up page for users to learn more about the upcoming tablet. But we've now learned that the subscribers are getting more than mere pre-launch press releases. One PreCentral reader received a Powerpoint presentation with exciting information on webOS improvements.

In the Powerpoint document, HP talks about the HP Music Store, and the HP Movie Store. Between the mockup and discussion points, we know that HP's webOS media stores could rival Apple's iTunes.

The discussion slide says that the TouchPad will come with a syncing solution that uses cloud servers to back up your precious music. But that's not even the best part. It will also include a so-called "smart algorithm" to assess your listening habits, and correspondingly cache web-stored music on your device.

The same document indicates that the service will become available for other HP smartphones, presumably when they're upgraded to webOS 3.0. We were all a little skeptical of the HP/Palm combination, but the media stores bode very well for their future market share.

source: PreCentral

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posted on 18 Apr 2011, 23:30 3

1. Audelio (unregistered)

Don't do it HP, Apple will sue you! O.o

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 11:59

5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Damn it! You beat me to it.

Honestly, this is what Palm should have done when they released the Pre instead of fighting back and forth with Apple. I never understood why they made such a strong OS, but couldn't put money into a good media hub for the phone itself. Looks like HP isn't messing around... especially since they are going to have a desktop OS of their own...

posted on 20 Apr 2011, 00:39

6. Gawain (Posts: 426; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

You kind of answered your remark. Palm simply did not have the resources to take it to the limit the way HP will. Palm was 1/100th the size of HP, 1/300th the size of Apple or MicroSoft. The leverage on the company would have been disproportionate to the possible return on investment. That's why Rubenstein so aggressively got the company "bought up". He didn't just sell the company, he sold the vision and potential of the OS, and really, HP was the only viable candidate. They already had mobile device experience. They have strong peripherals, and with their PC products they'll be able to integrate even more. I'll be doing more than making a switch back to webOS this summer, I'll probably pick up more HP hardware down the road.

Hit a home run HP, I'm positive you will find an eager market to sell to. If they can get the jump on WP7 NoDo/Mango updates this summer, as well as any iPhone 5 mumbo-jumbo...could be a winner...

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 23:52 1

2. Gawain (Posts: 426; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! I knew it!! If this will integrate with the TouchPad, and a given webOS handset...THIS is something I'm really excited about.

HP has the resources to really compete with Apple in this regard, and they'll be able to leverage MicroSoft's experience to position themselves very well. Awesome.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 02:38

3. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)

probobly will be an other useless crap, just like itunes :D

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 02:44 1

4. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

I really like the look and feel of webOS. I'm just glad that they've recognized that you need more than just an OS to compete with Apple. Now, to make it compatible with Android apps and Bob's your uncle!

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