Hewlett-Packard has revealed that it will soon stop reselling HP-branded versions of Apple Computer's iPod line. The decision follows the exit of former CEO Carly Fiorina.

Hewlett-Packard has revealed that it will soon stop reselling HP-branded versions of Apple Computer's iPod line. The decision follows the exit of former CEO Carly Fiorina.

HP says it will continue to sell its current inventory of iPods -- including the iPod Mini and iPod Shuffle models -- until gone, with an expected finish line of late September. A company spokesperson says HP remains committed to supporting digital entertainment devices, but that the relationship with Apple "no longer fits within our digital entertainment strategy."

He did not say whether HP has any immediate plans to introduce a portable MP3 device of its own. HP is restricted from selling digital music players competing with the iPod until August of next year, according to its reseller agreement with Apple.

Since HP and Apple announced the partnership in January 2004, HP has accounted for about five percent of all iPods sold, according to Apple. HP on July 1 expanded the resale relationship to include the new iPod Shuffle.