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If you like the idea of the Apple AirPods, but aren't too fond of their fit in your ear or suitability for staying put during strenuous workouts, Apple has another alternative that will be available soon. The company's Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds feature the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods, but have a sportier design and an ear loop to help keep them better planted while exercising. Apple first announced the Powerbeats Pro back on April 3rd, and we're now learning that preorders for the wireless earphones will commence on May 3rd at 10am EST. The Powerbeats Pro will actually ship (and be available in Apple Stores) on May 10th. The Powerbeats Pro, unlike... Read more...
Now is the time to rock out with your wallet out to groovy bargains on everything under the sun, and especially anything in the electronics category. Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring out stellar deals, many of which we've already covered. But if you're looking to literally rock out, there are deals to be had on headphones and earphones. Beats by Dr. Dre Shown above is the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - LINE Friends Special Edition. It's an authentic Beats headset, only themed after LINE Friends, which are characters based on the stickers from the messaging app LINE. The characters are more popular in Hong Kong, but if you're looking for some flair, this headset fits the bill. It's... Read more...
There are rumblings from one of Apple's suppliers that the company is supposedly planning to release a new HomePod model with Beats branding attached to it. You might recall that Apple acquired Beats for a whopping $3.2 billion just over four years ago, though for the most part is hasn't really integrated the popular brand into its other products and services. Perhaps that's about to change. We're taking the rumor with a dose of skepticism, though as the story goes, the new HomePod model with Beats branding is to be priced at $199. That's significantly cheaper than Apple's current HomePod, which sells for $349 on its website and is available in white or space gray. It's not entirely clear how... Read more...
Apple has some very popular headphones on the market already with its Beats subsidiary being one of the hottest brands out there. Apple also has its own AirPods wireless earbuds, but a new rumor making the rounds suggests that the company might have its own branded over-ear headphones on the market as early as this year. The rumor has started with a note to investors penned by KGI analyst Ming-Cho Kuo, who is is known for very accurate Apple predictions. Kuo's note claims that Apple will be debuting a branded high-end over-the-ear headphone with an all-new design. The analyst doesn't give a specific time frame prediction but does say that he doesn't believe the headphones will launch before the... Read more...
Apple is rather notorious for being vague on just how many of each of its products that it sells (the company doesn't give sales breakdowns for specific iPhones and MacBooks, for example). CEO Tim Cook was recently at a shareholders meeting and gave some indication of how well Apple's wearables are doing overall. Wearables include the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones. According to Cook, the combined revenue from all those products is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company. How much revenue does that suggest? In 2013 to be a Fortune 500 company you needed at least $4.825 billion in revenue. A Fortune 300 company would no doubt earn more revenue than that. However, there were no specific... Read more...
When it comes to headphones and earphones, one of the biggest brands in the world is Beats. It's been a long while, over three years, since the product sitting at the top of the Beats range has been updated. That flagship model is called Studio, and the update has finally arrived. Beats has new Studio 3 Wireless headphones that are available now from Apple directly and at other retail outlets. Anything with the Beats name on it carries a premium price, and the Studio 3 Wireless headphones are no exception selling for $349.95. The headphones feature the Apple W1 chip, a chip first seen in the Apple Airpods when they launched last year. Other than that W1 chip, the new Studio 3 Wireless headphones... Read more...
Rumor has it Apple is abandoning the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on its next iPhone models, presumably the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In its place Apple reportedly plans to bundle a set of earphones that will plug into the iPhone 7's Lightening port called EarPods. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, Apple might also offer a set of Bluetooth headphones.Keeping in mind that nothing is yet official, there's suspicion that Apple may have used a shell company called Entertainment in Flight LLC to apply for the "AirPods" trademark several months ago. That would be a fitting name for a pair of wireless earbuds, one that will likely be sold separately rather than bundled with the iPhone 7.Tired of... Read more...
No one except Apple itself knows when it's going to be relaunching its Beats Music service, but one thing we can feel pretty confident about is that when it launches, it's going to make a big impact. Apple doesn't do things small, and given its expertise in the digital music market, Beats Music could become a huge deal, and hit competitors right where it hurts. According to Re/code, Apple has a couple of ideas in mind that could help it stand out of the crowd. If we're talking about features that already exist, Apple simply wants to do them better better. For starters, depending on the negotiations it's able to make with music labels, Apple would like to offer a 1~3 month free trial period, which... Read more...
While Apple takes its time deciding how best to leverage its $3 billion acquisition of the Beats brand, Dr. Dre and company continue to grow the company's family of wireless products, including the launch of the Solo2 Wireless, the first set of headphones from Beats in the Apple-owned era and just in time for the holiday shopping season. "We’re taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it," said Beats President Luke Wood. "The Solo2 is already a world-class headphone much lauded for its acoustics, and now it joins our growing family of successful wireless products." Beats claims the Solo2 Wireless can move freely up to 30 feet from your... Read more...
Apple took the world by surprise when the company bought the Beats brand for $3 billion earlier this year, which remains the Cupertino outfit's largest acquisition to date. Now the big question is, what will Apple do with the Beats Music portion of that acquisition? We've heard a few different rumors, the most recent of which is that Apple will relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year to bolster the latter's declining music sales. That's the word from The Wall Street Journal, which spoke with a person who is supposedly familiar with Apple's streaming music strategy. While nothing is yet official, integrating the two brands is at least plausible, considering that music sales at the iTunes... Read more...
Don't look now, but we might be on the verge of a price war in the streaming music space. Music labels probably won't let that happen to the degree that we'd like, though if Apple is successful in relaunching its Beats Music subscription service at $5 per month as it reportedly wants to do, labels and music artists will feel the pressure from competing services like Spotify to follow suit. News of what Apple is trying to do comes just hours after Spotify announced a new family plan starting at $14.99 per month for two users. Each additional user runs another $5 per month for their own Premium plan (a $9.99 value), and you can have up to five users total, billed together but each with their own... Read more...
Just as you won't find any copies of Windows 8.1 or Surface Pro 3 tablets being sold in any Apple Store locations -- Apple and Microsoft are rivals, after all -- the Cupertino outfit is no longer carrying Bose products, either. Like Microsoft, Bose is now a competitor to Apple following the company's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. Apple used to sell a selection of Bose-branded speakers and headphones, but all such inventory has now been pulled off of store shelves. The move isn't all that surprising, not just because the two are competitors now, but also because tensions are high between the two companies. Image Source: Flickr (Matthew Jackson) Just two months after Apple purchased... Read more...
Well now, that was fast -- rather than let their legal beagles bark at each other in court, Apple and Bose came to terms on a settlement agreement that puts to rest the latter's clam that the former is infringing on proprietary patents that mostly involve noise noise cancelling technology. Prior to the settlement, Bose sought to block Apple from importing its Beats headphones into the U.S. Bose also wanted Apple to pay monetary damages, and though terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, it's a safe bet that money is what Bose will receive (you know, as opposed to a box full of Beats headphones or a free subscription to Beats Music). Apple purchased the Beats brand for $3 billion back... Read more...
Apple just got sacked by Bose after the audio company blitzed the National Football League (NFL) to become the league's official headphone and headset brand. Bose and the NFL extended their sponsorship agreement back in March, and as part of the deal, players and coaches must remove headphones from any other manufacturer during televised interviews. That includes Beats by Dre, a popular brand among professional athletes such as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, both of which have endorsed the Beats by Dre brand in the company's "Hear What You Want" commercials. The press release announcing the extended sponsorship agreement doesn't... Read more...
It looks like Apple's first order-of-business following its $3 billion Beats acquisition will be to tell about 200 people to, ahem, beat it. Apple's no doubt been very hard at work since it made its announcement of its desire to purchase Beats public, and it's no surprise: This isn't exactly a small acquisition. At quick glance, it might look like bad form for Apple to get rid of 200 people from a company it's just acquired, but the sad fact of the matter is, there will be far too much positional overlapping. For example, those to be culled include human resources, finance, and support - all areas that Apple has easily covered. Things are not all that bad, however. Apple has promised to take... Read more...
Apple found itself a willing dance partner in Beats, the audio company it agreed to acquire for $3 billion back in May, its biggest acquisition ever. That may have put a giant target on Beats' back, as it now founds itself being sued by Bose Corp. for allegedly infringing on the company's noise-cancelling technology patents. "We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers and defending the patents we own," Bose said in a statement. "For over 30 years, Bose has made significant investments in the research, development, engineering and design of the proprietary technologies found in our headphones." Image Source: Flickr (Titanas) Bose accuses Beats of infringing on five... Read more...
LeBron James is on top of the world. As you're reading this, he's preparing to play Game 4 in the NBA Finals, the world's largest stage for basketball. He's paid well -- extremely well -- to go out there and put a ball through a hoop, but it's his endorsements and investments that bring in the serious money. For example, when Apple acquired Beats Electronics for $3 billion last month, Sir James opted to sell his stake in the company for a cool $30 million. That's about $11 million more than what he'll make playing for the Miami Heat this year. That's also more than half of everything he earned in 2013, which included about $19 million in salary with the Heat and $39 million in various sponsorships.... Read more...
We’ve been getting used to billion-dollar-plus acquisitions lately, and thus a rumor that Google is in talks to buy streaming music service Songza for just $15 million doesn’t quite make ones eyes pop, but it’s still noteworthy that the search giant is working to enhance its product offerings. It would seem that the current Google Play Music streaming service, with its $9.99 per month All Access plan, needs some spicing up in the form of better playlists. With oceans of music available, many people rely on pre-curated playlists--sometimes made by celebrities or popular musicians--to keep up on the hottest new tunes. Songza has evolved into a music streaming service that only... Read more...
Apple has added a spec to its MFi (Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod) program that allows for a headphone connection via the Lightning port instead of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, and the functionality will come via an iOS 7.1 software update. According to 9to5Mac, the Lightning port will allow headphones to receive lossless stereo 48kHz digital audio streams--as well as a mono 48kHz output, which means that users’ headphones could have a microphone to allow for voice input. Thus, you could ostensibly control the audio (volume up/down, pause/play, and even perhaps app launching). Credit: 9to5Mac There will be two types of headphones: Standard Lightning Headphones will be simpler and will... Read more...
First things first: Apple’s Beats acquisition is happening, and Apple has confirmed it. The deal is for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stocks, and--perhaps more notably--it will bring Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Apple. And that last bit, it seems, was and is the key to the whole thing. Apple doesn’t need a $3 billion headphone business; it needs to figure out how to win the music market, which has experienced a revolution in recent years. For a moment, just after Napster blew apart the old model of buying and selling physical CDs at record stores and just before streaming services became the way many people listen to music, iTunes was king. The ability... Read more...
Dr. Dre and everyone else at Beats Electronics certainly seem anxious to close a reported $3.2 billion merger with Apple -- and who could blamed him, as the deal would make him the richest person in hip-hop -- but the fact that it hasn't happened by now might be cause for concern. News of what was billed as an impending deal first hit the web a little over two weeks ago, and word on inner circles was that it would be complete in a matter of days. Days turned into next week, next week turned into next week again, and that's turned into yet another next week with still no announcement, confirmation, or even an official statement from Apple. Granted, this is a big transaction and there may several... Read more...
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 competition and low margins of the industry. But then, there's this: exclusive rights. Those two... Read more...
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