By Stephen Schenck | July 8, 2011 11:28 AM
Last month, we heard a rumor that HP was working on some sort of cloud-based music system for its smartphones, presumably in response to all the Google Musics and Amazon Cloud Players for other platforms. Then, along with the TouchPad’s documentation, we saw reference to something called HP Play, but still weren’t sure if this was the same service we had heard about, and still didn’t have any idea just how it was supposed to work. Now, the first beta version of the app is out for the PC, but it’s not exactly what we were expecting.
HP Play will scan your computer for music to import into its database, either trawling your hard disk or just grabbing your entire iTunes collection. From there, you can listen to your tracks, or sync them up with a smartphone all in all, pretty standard iTunes-like fare. It also looks like HP Play will be for newer webOS devices only; it’s supposed to work with the Veer, and will with the Pre 3, but we haven’t heard anything about compatibility with earlier models.
For now, you’re stuck syncing over a wired USB connection (especially annoying for the Veer, without a standard USB port), though wireless sync is supposedly due at a later date.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with HP Play it looks to be a fine media management program but it’s not the cloud service we were expecting. Could that still be in the pipeline for HP?