From Digital Music News

Hewlett-Packard has officially ended its marriage with iTunes, and will now ship select computers with Rhapsody from RealNetworks. HP previously indicated that it would be terminating its iTunes partnership, but was satisfying a contractual obligation that ran through 2005. The exit follows a decision by HP to terminate production of co-branded iPods, which now puts more focus on the development of a home-grown player.

Out of the box, Rhapsody will be the default player for all major audio file formats, including Windows Media Audio, AAC, and MP3. RealNetworks will offer 30-day free trials to HP buyers to entice new subscriptions. The new arrangement was announced in Las Vegas this week.

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