HP do have some sort of plans to create the multimedia lounge room experience. But these are “Carly” plans, not “plan” plans that the real HP could have pulled off a decade ago. If they do proceed with the multimedia route, they could still make it compatible with IPod without having to rebrand the IPod. HP’s supposed to be a gigantic multinational hardware manufacturer isn’t it? A custom MP3 for the intelligent home should not be beyond their capabilities, and would make a better solution than having to slavishly follow Apple’s standards.
Innovation, good. Rebranding, ???.