Hewlett-Packard is quietly making plans-again-for its own locker-based service. Multiple sources at the major labels report that the discussions are heating up.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer and technology company is engaged in conversations with the majors about building a cloud service that would eventually offer music, movies and TV shows. Those discussions began a few months ago. In April, Precentral.net reported that a marketing presentation for HP’s TouchPad (due July 1) noted that the device would include HP stores for music and movies.
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While that indicates the scope of HP’s ambitions, which music industry executives confirm, it also reveals that the company might’ve been a bit ahead of itself in those marketing materials. Why? Because, music industry sources caution, as recently as this week, that the discussions remain in the early stages, and that HP has yet to set up parameters for what it wants to do-or even a timeline.-B