HP has landed in the online music market with the launch of its platform HP Connected Music. The multinational, which follows the model Apple has partnered with Universal Music to offer all the label music catalog on their new computers with Windows operating system 8.
The computer maker HP has begun to tentative steps towards content business, following in the footsteps of other industry giants like Apple. The company has announced the launch of its platform HP Connected Music after closing an agreement with Universal Music for all devices in the company (computers and tablets) sold with the new Windows 8 operating system to access the full catalog label. A catalog of more than 3,500 artists, including Rihanna, Rolling Stores, David Guetta and Lady Gaga.
HP Connected Music offers the user a service of streaming where the user can play music for free without limitations for 90 days. After that time, says the company, will give the user the option to subscribe to a monthly fee. HP has not disclosed the exact amount will that subscription, but company sources assure that will almost certainly between five and 10 euros.
In its musical offerings, HP will also offer users private concerts (live performances by artists from Universal), packages (for visiting artists) and musical experiences (such as the opportunity to enjoy visits to recording studios or meals with Universal artists). Although the service is available for all computers with Windows 8, the company, in some models, such as the new HP and HP Envy Spectre, the PC maker expands its musical offerings and entitle the user to 10 Free MP3 downloads per month for 90 days.
HP’s announcement is another example of the importance that Microsoft and its partners want to give music in Windows 8. Microsoft itself released a few weeks ago Xbox Music service in competition with iTunes (Apple), Google Play (from Google) and Cloud Player (Amazon). Similarly, Nokia unveiled its Nokia Music for the newly released Windows Phone 8.