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HP dropping iPod

Posted: December 31st, 1969 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

HP dropping iPod

Picture of Irv Owens Web DeveloperDoes anyone care about HP? At least as far as the consumer space is concerned, they don't even do printers particularly well anymore. I have purchased Compaq desktops on frequent occasion, in my personal live as well as professionally because I had assumed, erroneously, that they would be high quality machines. I have purchase HP machines in the past to find that they were generally of decent quality without all of the pre-loaded crap that came on the Compaq machines. Once HP acquired Compaq, everything went downhill with their managed PCs and Laptops. The only thing that remained at a decent quality level was their servers, which are still good. This is probably because the combined company kept HP's server division.

Now the iPod, I truly don't know why HP wants to get into the consumer space anyway. They should never have been there. As a company who sells largely to government and big business, they do well. The iPod just never fit into their product portfolio, and in the larger scheme what should be their business model. HP truly should refocus on business to business and leave the consumer space to Dell. The Compaq acqusition was a bad move, aside from getting and killing their server business from a competetive point of view. I'm sure Apple didn't really care about HP as a partner since the iPod was so poorly positioned in their product portfolio, and HP finally figured out that they shouldn't have been carrying it in the first place. I don't think it indicates any larger trend, just a normalization to what should be.