Music these days is an integral part of everybody’s day to day life; people keep themselves connected with music in some way or the other. Smart phones & tablets are playing a major role in giving quick access to music, entertainment & productivity at the same time. With growing technology & internet usage, digital content consumption is growing day by day. This has given rise to many digital content providers, enabling user to quickly access audios, videos, eBooks etc. on the go.
HP India have recent joined the digital content league with their music service HP Connected Music. Service is powered by Universal Music Group & Hungama.com to provide user with international, national & regional music. Service is exclusive to HP consumers & comes bundled with selected Windows 8 powered notebooks including HP1000, HP2000, Pavilion Sleekbook 14, Pavilion Sleekbook 15, Pavilion g6, Pavilion g4, ENVY X2, ENVY 4, ENVY 6, ENVY dv6 and ENVY m6. User gets free access to millions of DRM protected songs for one year. Catalog includes artists from different genres, including Bollywood, Devotional, Rock, Classic, Hip Hop, Jazz, Regional, R&B, and Country among others. Catalog also contains something for indie music lover; you can find music from Indian Ocean, Advaita along with session of MTV unplugged, and MTV Sound Trippin. Users can preview & download the songs they want on the go with their HP device.
Service is tied up with HP device & developed to provide a portable music experience. Device is sleek & light weight to carry; special care has been taken to provide a good experience on the go. It can be used as notebook when you need to type or can be used as tablet for checking mails, playing games or performing casual activities. Being powered by Microsoft Windows 8 you can perform same activities you perform on your regular desktop. Device includes two batteries one with tablet & one with keyboard which provides you good power backup while you travel. Device is powered by dual camera (front & back), back camera being 8MP you can capture moment’s while you travel .In all HP have worked good to make sure your experience while traveling is interesting & playful.
Time for postmortem (Evil laugh)
Service seems to be pretty ok but still a lot of scope for improvement comparing to the league of digital content provider. Downloaded songs are DRM protected & free for initial year after that content will be available on paid-basis, hope subscription price would be attractive. There is no native app to access service as of now, but we would love to see one in near future. Entire service is accessible via browser in form of website which seems to be on similar lines of hungama.com. Rich interface like gaana.com would enhance overall user experience. Songs can be played with players supporting the audio format & DRM, plays well with “Microsoft Media Player” but doesn’t work with the default “Audio “App on device. If you try to play the song on your android device it won’t play. Though catalog have million songs, latest bollywood music & international artist it still lack decent amount of songs from indie scene hope we can see more stuff like Swarathma, Agam, Lagori etc in near future.
HP Connected Music is still in its initial stage so we can expect more improvement in the overall service & more addition to catalog. Pretty good for initial start, still tough competition with established players.
So, just grab your HP Notebook and get free access to HP Connected Music. You can also win a trip to UK to see “Bon Jovi” live. All you have to do is tweet to @HPIndia describing what music means to you and mention the #HPConnectedMusic hashtag or leave a comment in this post describing what music means to you in just 100 words or less. Don’t forget to mention the #HPConnectedMusic hashtag! That’s it!
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During the course of his studies, Ajit got inclined towards technology, development, graphic designing and channelised his skills in laying down the foundation of IMR. A sufi rock lover by heart and admirer of the rock and fusion scene of India believes in the potential of the underground bands. Spends most of his time in innovation and research and in the spare time loves playing guitar and explore new stuff in the Indian and Pakistan underground music circuit.