A few days ago, a leaked presentation gave definitive support to Hewlett Packard’s intention to make a webOS cloud media locker in order to beat Google and Apple to this feature. A couple of slides showing the TouchPad revealed the known HP Movie Store and also an intelligent music syncing option online. The copy presented by PreCentral showed not only remotely streaming and storing of music, but also the way of determining owners’ preferred music as well as its prioritization for local caching on the TouchPad.
The mockup of the application, presented in the slide, did not seem to reflect the behavior of the real application. According to what HP had promised, the service would not be exclusive to the TouchPad, as it would eventually reach webOS phones, such as the Veer and Pre3.
Although not yet confirmed by Hewlett Packard, the PC builder acquired Melodeo and the desktop-to-mobile Internet music sharing technology in 2010, a short time after its intention to buy Palm became obvious. Hewlett Packard has promised to help the Palm team by providing webOS with financial support, but it was less clear until now what this help would mean. Most of the company’s public declarations concentrated on carrier and retail deals Palm could not afford before being bought out.
The TouchPad is expected to come in June and could represent a symbolic victory if the cloud service is activated on launch. Apple has made public its plans to switch on a massive datacenter for MobileMe and iTunes, which is supposed to result in an online media locker for iOS devices and iTunes. Google has also said it has been developing a service called Google Music since last spring at Google I/O. however, numerous delays have given clues about abandoning these plans, following problems with labels.