When HTC ponied up $300 million for a majority stake in Beats, it's fair to say it signaled its interest in audio. Now, rumors suggest the handset manufacturer is setting its sights on music streaming. More »
All the lead-in to Apple purchasing Beats has since left us underwhelmed. Beats Music didn’t quickly move to implement iTunes, and wasn’t pre-loaded on the iPhone 6 or cobbled into iOS 8. Now sources claim that Beats Music isn’t long for the world, and Apple will shutter it soon.
Over the weekend, U2 frontman Bono sat down for an interview with Dave Fanning on the Irish radio station 2FM where the two discussed a wide range of topics. While the interview mostly centered on the band's new album, Bono took some time to touch on a few Apple related items.
And if there's one thing Bono isn't, it's boring.
Apple denies a TechCrunch report that it is shutting down its Beats Music streaming service. Apple spokesmanTom Neumayr said rumors of Beats Music's shuttering were "not true" in a statement to Re/code's Peter Kafka . However, Kafka adds that Beats Music may be rebranded in the future. Beats Music is similar to Spotify, Rdio, and other streaming music services.
Apple reportedly has acquired music analytics service Semetric, according to The Guardian . The British startup is responsible for the Musicmetric analytics tool that allows clients to track sales data, BitTorrent downloads and other metrics such as social network statistics and Spotify streaming.
In purchasing Beats, many wondered just what Apple would do with the service. Would they shutter it, or somehow make it worthwhile for everyone? The latter seems to be the case, or at least more people will be force-fed access to it. A report from the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, says Apple will make Beats Music a standard Apple app in the middle of 2015.
If you thought that Apple 's acquisition of Beats would be the last big news for the audio accessory and streaming company, think again. Monster , Beats' previous partner in the business, is now suing the company, its founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and HTC . Its claim is that the two companies conspired to trick Monster out of a deal with Beats.
More and more specs of the rumored next HTC flagship phone – codenamed HTC Hima – are leaking out from various sources, but it looks like we’re finally getting a more-or-less full spec list today. You guys – especially you HTC fans – ready for this? So we’re looking at a 5-inch Full HD (that’s 1080p for you) display – which sounds about right.
Bose doesn't want to rely solely onfashionable audio gearto compete with the likes of Beats and Sonos --it's venturing into the online music space, too.Hypebothighlights ajob listing for a senior designerthat would help shape a "next generation streaming music platform" and a matching "ecosystem of products.
Apple’s plans for Beats, the company it acquired for $3 billion earlier this year, are coming into sharper focus.Apple plans to include its Beats music service in future versions of iOS, its mobile software system for iPhones and iPads, according to people briefed on the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans were not yet official.
Sonos has found itself a new rival, with Philips jumping onboard the Spotify Connect train with a pair of new multi-room speakers for the streaming music service. The Philips Spotify SW700M and SW750M can either be grouped together for the same music in multiple rooms - useful if you're having a party, for instance - or each play different tracks to suit each individual listener.
At Apple, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has no actual role. The music mogul reportedly works alongside Eddy Cue, who heads up Apple’s iTunes department. In the acquisition, Apple got a lot more than Beats hardware and streaming service; they got talent. In being named one of GQ’s men of the year, Iovine spilled some details on what led Apple to snap up Beats, and what he might be working on.
We know HTC is having an event today and will launch three new products . We have no idea what the devices are but we’re guessing a new tablet , the HTC Desire Eye , and a possible GoPro rival . There could also be a smartwatch to finally join the bandwagon but according to HTC America CEO Jason Mackenzie, there won’t be any HTC smartwatch at today’s launch.
Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats caught almost everyone off guard. Not only was the purchase price drastically higher than what Apple typically spends for acquisitions, but Apple's interest in Beats in and of itself was the source of much speculation.
With the rumor mill suggesting that Apple will bundle the Beats Music app into iOS early next year, the battle for music streaming supremacy will soon kick into high gear. As it stands now, there's no denying that Spotify, with 50 million active users and 12.5 million paying subscribers, has a significant leg up on Beats.
Just a short while ago, there were a great many rumors that HTC was getting ready to release a smartwatch. Then we heard those plans had been put on hold. At the time, it sounded like HTC didn’t have enough confidence in whatever device they were planning to release.
WhenApple spent $3 billion to buy Beats, it certainly made the headlines, but the company also goes to great lengths to keep smaller deals under wraps. One that has completely flown under the radar is its recent acquisition of Musicmetric.
And the money Spotify pays labels, while totaling a reported 70% of the company's revenue, averagesSpotify CEO Daniel Ek has written a blog post defending the amount of money the streaming service pays artists, saying Spotify has paid more than $2 billion to labels and other entities that then distribute a cut to the artists.