If Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft can do it, why can’t HP? Honestly I see no reason why they shouldn’t want to go for the music lovers around the world. The rumor is that they are in the middle of talks with the big labels to launch a service that would not only allow users to stream their own music from the cloud, but also songs they don’t own. In that sense they could circumvent the process of creating an online music store entirely. Then at some point in the future, they could add individual songs to the catalog, presuming that’s the idea here.
Either way, it’s good to hear another strong contender will enter the cloud services market. It’s only natural for HP to work on web-based services that will sing along their webOS platform.
However, I must say that if I were at the HP helm I would seriously consider acquiring some of the existing streaming music providers like Pandora, Rdio and Spotify to get technology, people and existing subscriber base. Each of the three companies shouldn’t be out of range for HP’s massive budget. What do you think?