Hewlett-Packard plans to launch an HP-branded online music store
in the first quarter, most likely at a January trade show, an HP
executive said yesterday.
The music service will be run in conjunction with an existing
service like Musicmatch.com and compete with music stores from
Apple Computer and Dell, HPShopping.com chief executive officer
Peter Appl said in an interview.
Following the planned launch of the service at the Consumer
Electronics Show, HP expects to unveil a digital music player,
Appl said. He said the company had not yet decided the exact
design of the product, adding that HP wants to be sure to set its
digital music player apart from competitors.
HP, which is the second largest personal computer maker, behind
Dell, is one of several computers makers including Dell and
Gateway that aim to sell more consumer electronics products as
sales of PCs have matured.
HP also plans to introduce a large screen, LCD flat panel
television at the consumer electronics show, Appl said.