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What's in a name? A lot, evidently. While the streaming music universe hasn't really needed another major player for some time now, Beats Music is going against the grain. Despite having Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, iTunes, Google Play Music, and plenty of others, Beats Music has decided to enter the streaming game late after acquiring MOG. Now, the company is raising yet another round of funding, on the order of $60 million to $100 million. That's an insanely high figure, no matter how you slice it, and one has to wonder how on Earth it could command that kind of valuation given the intense... Read more...
In with the new, out with the old. While the streaming music universe seems to have plenty of competition these days (Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, etc.), there's about to be another to choose from. Dr. Dre and Beats have had huge success in an over-saturated headphone market already, and it's hoping to translate the brand uptake over to the streaming world. Beats Music is launching today for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, and it'll fuse the best of Spotify and Pandora to offer a somewhat unique experience. For starters, the app design is very impressive. It's sleek, simple, and it focuses on music... Read more...
The headphones that made headphones cool have a new look and some important new features that will keep the beat going even longer. The Beats Studio series isn’t available just yet, but it’s already getting attention for the sleek new design and rechargeable batteries that are expected to give listeners 20 hours of audio bliss. Beats Electronics was founded in 2008 by Luke Wood, Jimmy Lovine, and Dr. Dre and made its reputation with the stylish Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones, which received good marks for delivering quality sound. The new Beats Studio series has dual-mode Adaptive... Read more...
The headphone world is a lot like the tablet world: there's lots of watered-down, low-cost, low-quality options. And frankly, cutting through the noise is tough for companies. Apple and a small handful of others have done so in the tablet realm, but what about headphones? There's one name that's soaring above all others these days, and that's Beats Electronics. The famed audio brand has just introduced the new Beats Studio. These cans have been redesigned and tweaked in myriad ways. Each pair of Studio headphones is precisely tuned with new custom digital software called the Beats Acoustic Engine... Read more...
Welp, it's another acquisition in the books. Rumors were flaring months back, but all fell quiet until now. USA Today is reporting that Beats Electronics -- the company responsible for those colorful headphones adorning the heads of athletes everywhere -- has acquired MOG. If you're unfamiliar with MOG, it's considered the closest competitor to Spotify, and while the service itself has a few things that Spotify doesn't (a genius radio mode, for instance), Spotify has seemingly sucked up all of the hype. It's likely that this acquisition will get MOG into more minds as Beats aims to create a complete... Read more...
Turns out, people don't really buy smartphones based on the kind of headphones included. But hey, it was a valiant effort. The HTC Rezound featured a set of Beats earbuds right in the box, but it seems that the phone sales weren't really up to snuff. Or, at least, they weren't enough to justify the massive cost involved in bundling the two. HTC and Beats Audio are financially involved at this point, so we wouldn't be surprised to see some level of integration in the future, but it'll be some time yet before Beats earbuds are thrown in with a phone gratis. An HTC product executive was quoted by... Read more...
It was once known as the Vigor, but evidently code names just aren't cool enough for carriers. And that's why we're stuck with a name like Rezound. Rezound? Really? Alrighty then. HTC and Verizon Wireless launched yet another Android phone into the universe today, though it stands out somewhat by being the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature Beats Audio. The Sensation XL already did as much overseas, and now it's time for Americans to indulge as well. HTC's coming off a blistering quarter, and they're starting this one off with a 4.3" 720p HD superphone, complete with Beats Audio integration,... Read more...
It's hard to create a new brand that really grabs people these days, but somehow the folks behind Beats Audio have managed to do just that. It's the headphone company that's taking over the world, and it's spreading faster than wildfire across the entire consumer electronics landscape. Look at HTC's newest smartphone, for instance. The Sensation XE follows the traditional HTC slate-style phone bloodline in many ways, but the addition of the Beats logo on the back lets you know that this is something special. And fans of the brand (or music in general) may buy into what the company has going on... Read more...
Sponsored post by: Mark Budgell from HP's TheNextBench.com If you're anything like me, there is a soundtrack for almost every life experience. Parties, the daily commute, date night, weddingsÉsometimes I even rock out at work (on headphones, of course). Unfortunately, the digital revolution that brought us the convenience of MP3 files and portable music devices also eroded its quality. It's more than just a love for music with Jimmy Iovine - as the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Beats co-founder, it's his life. You can hear it for yourself as Jimmy and some of his friends... Read more...
Did you tune into the start of the Major League Baseball season last night? A great many people did, and anyone watching ESPN2 from around 7PM ET until near midnight probably saw lots of product placement. An iPad was there, as was LeBron James and Dr. Dre, both of which were at the game primarily to pump up their latest product: the Red Sox version of a new headphone. These are the first-ever sports-themed Beats by Dr. Dre headphones available to the public, and they've been officially branded by the Red Sox baseball franchise. These headphones are, of course, tied in with Monster Audio, and as... Read more...
With HP's dedicated Voodoo PC line pretty much in the tank (or just phased out), it looks like Dr. Dre will be stepping in to fill the superstar void. Both Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have jointly worked with HP in order to issue the HP Beats Limited Edition notebook, which is little more than a highly styled ENVY 15 with a thing for multimedia. The HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition notebook features a sleek, piano black, high-gloss finish and signature Beats design as found in the "Beats by Dr. Dre" line of headphones, and while specifics are scant, we're told that the audio capabilities on this notebook... Read more...
As anyone with a teenager knows, text messaging is quite popular among those in that age range.  And a recent Nielsen Mobile survey has concluded that not only has text messaging become the most popular form of communication using a cell phone, the group that texts the mosts (go figure) is in the 13 - 17 year range.The study determined that in the period from Q1 2006 - Q2 2008, the number of monthly calls per user has remained stable, at around 200.  But the number of text messages have skyrocketed from 65 per month in Q1 2006 to 357 per month in Q2 2008.  And take a look at the... Read more...
Given a choice, pay or don't pay?  Which would you choose?  Or would you at least give a token amount?  That's the question asked by a study by comScore. Of those who downloaded Radiohead's digital album, In Rainbows last month, about 62 percent walked away with the music without paying a cent, reported ComScore, an Internet research company. About 17 percent plunked down between a penny and $4, far below the $12 and $15 retail price of a CD. The next largest group (12 percent) was willing to pay between $8 and $12--the cost of most albums at Apple's iTunes is $9.99. They were followed... Read more...
A lot of people don't seem to like Bill Gates. Even people who don't actively dislike him here in the United States are more or less ambivalent about him. He doesn't inspire the adoration that his tech competitor Steve Jobs does, for instance. But Wired magazine asked the question: Who's the most popular man in China?  The answer, astonishly, seems to be Bill Gates. "I read about Bill Gates before I had ever even seen a computer," said Dong Ruidong, who abandoned his rural village for the bright lights and cybercafes of the Chinese capital. "Even in the remotest villages of China,... Read more...
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