"HP Play" name for webOS music sharing service shows up on HP's own specs sheet | webOS Nation

"HP Play" name for webOS music sharing service shows up on HP's own specs sheet

by Jonathan I Ezor#IM Mon, 20 Jun 2011 1:25 pm EDT

We have written and speculated in the past about HP's planned cloud-based music sharing service, most recently on June 13th, and the name "HP Play" has come up more than once as a likely name. It now appears that the name is confirmed: on the downloadable PDF specs sheet from HP's official TouchPad information page (a PDF which oddly still bears the legend "HP CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION - FOR REVIEW PURPOSES ONLY - NOT INTENDED FOR DISTRIBUTION" even though it's publicly linked), under Entertainment and Multimedia, it says:

"Music: Sync your PC's music with TouchPad using HP Play.|Access millions of songs and [sic] through the Amazon MP3 store."

The footnote to that chart entry gives some additional details:

"HP Play requires download to your PC at http://hpplay.com. Song file formats supported: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP and WAV."

Currently, the hpplay.com domain does not resolve to a specific Web site, although the domain is owned by Sol Reynolds of Melodeo, the streaming music service purchased by HP a year ago. The above language could suggest a desktop software product similar to iTunes, however the Melodeo connection, and HP's own dedication to the cloud, makes it much more likely that whatever is to be download will be a conduit for automatic synchronization between desktop and cloud, and from there to TouchPad (and hopefully other webOS devices).

Source: HP; Thanks to cantaffordit for the tip!