We heard a rumor last week that HP was planning on getting in on some of this cloud-based music action that’s so hot right now, supposedly meeting with labels to work out the licensing issues. It’s still not exactly clear just what form this service will take, but some newly-revealed information suggests that it could be called HP Play.
HP has much of the support documentation for the TouchPad tablet already available online, including a PDF marked “HP CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION”. Among the tablet’s specifications, we can find mention of HP Play, described as a system where you “sync your PC’s music with TouchPad using HP Play. Access millions of songs and through the Amazon MP3 store.” Later the document provides a not-yet-functional URL and notifies users they’ll need to install software available from that site onto their computer in order to sync things up. The real question is just what that software will do; are we looking at an Apple-like matching system, or would it upload complete songs, as Google does?
If we’re to believe these documents – and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t – we should learn exactly what HP is planning for Play when the webOS tablet makes its debut in just over another week.