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HP to tie in music and movie service to TouchPad?


Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Handhelds, Rumors


HP TouchPad

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly preparing a movie and music service that would be tied to the upcoming HP TouchPad, according to a report.

According to PreCentral, HP sent out a PowerPoint presentation to some people who signed up for email notices about the HP TouchPad. That presentation included details about an upcoming HP Music Store and HP Movie Store.

The presentation included two mockups that showed, well, movies and music. A copy of the slide that PreCentral published, however, did not include any pricing.

The presentation apparently included one interesting feature, however, a sort of predictive caching.

"According to that slide, the TouchPad will come with a music syncing solution built-in that utilizes cloud servers to sync and remotely store your music," the site wrote. "More than that, it will leverage a 'smart algorithm' to ensure that the music the user is most likely to listen to is cached locally on the device. This service will also allow TouchPad owners to stream music that they don't yet own. There's also mention that this service will allow you to stream music to HP smartphones, presumably once they too are updated to webOS 3.0 like the TouchPad."


Supposedly, the TouchPad is due in June for $499. HP introduced the TouchPad at an event in February. Recently, however, a leaked SDK of WebOS 3.0 (which the TouchPad will use) offered a more in-depth look at the capabilities of the new tablet. However, the music and movie capabilities appear to be new.

HP representatives weren't available after business hours.

This article, written by Mark Hachman, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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