Tiny digital cameras and intelligent home video servers weren’t the only stars shining at CES. Over at the Sirius satellite radio stand a parade of 70 and 80s pop icons serenaded the delegates with acoustic versions of their hits. Pride of place went to The Bangles, who both look and sound as good as they did 20 years ago.
Perhaps the biggest groupie of the show proved to be HP’s CEO Carly Fiorina. As part of a highly impressive keynote in which she lamabasted consumers for indulging in illegal music downloads Fiorina was accompanied on stage by U2’s guitarist The Edge, singer Sheryl Crow, soul star Alicia Keys, hip hop producer Dr Dre and film star Ben Affleck.
Fiorina said her company was “proud to take a stand against piracy,” and that supporters of illegal file-sharing had been responsible for eroding consumers’ morals by making piracy simple and widespread.
The HP CEO also gave the attendees the first glimpse of HP’s new music player, which is designed and built by Apple. The new player, due on sale this summer, looks much like an iPod apart from its light blue colouring and the HP logo on the back. As well as selling the new device, HP will put a link to Apple’s iTunes Music Store on the desktop of every computer it sells from the summer.
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