Business Matters: What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies
Business Matters: What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies

Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad tablet device will ship with a cloud-based music service, according to PreCentral.net. Information on the service was included in a PowerPoint presentation about the TouchPad.

The report says the TouchPad "will come with a music syncing solution built-in that utilizes cloud servers to sync and remotely store your music HP Music Store." In addition, the device will include a "smart algorithm" to store the music most likely to be played by the user. The presentation also says the service will stream music to HP phones.

Based on the details in the presentation, HP Music Store may sound like a subscription service rather than a cloud storage service in the vein of Amazon's Cloud Drive. At this early point it's difficult to guess what types of features the service will ultimately have. But keep in mind that HP acquired Melodeo in June 2010. Melodeo's nuTsie is a streaming service that syncs a user's iTunes library to the cloud and allows the user to access the library from mobile devices (Cloud Drive does not have the syncing function). nuTsie is not an all-you-can eat music service like Rhapsody, Rdio or MOG. Instead, it allows for remote access of the files a person already has acquired.

The HP TouchPad is due in June and is expected to cost from $499 to $599 for different storage capacities, according to various reports.