Beats

  • Beats Music Mobile App Gets Recommendation Tweaking, Verified Profiles And More

    Beats Music Mobile App Gets Recommendation Tweaking, Verified Profiles And More

    Beats Music has updated its iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications with a few new features, including a way to tune the Beats recommendation engine manually for better suggestions, a new history view for The Sentence, the Songza-like Madlibs playback engine, and Verified Badges, which add a checkmark to celebrity profiles so you know they’re the real deal. Read More

  • Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission

    Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission

    Apple has the green light to proceed with its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music from the European Commission. Both companies do indeed sell headphones in the EU, which is part of the motivation behind the scrutiny, but Apple and Beats don’t hold a sizeable combined market share of the headphone category in Europe, the Commission determined, and the types of hardware they… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

    It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch. No one thought Facebook’s earnings would be this good. They set revenue per user records around the world, and… Read More

  • Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Bose has sued soon-to-be-Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground, should the Beats acquisition go through as planned, in addition to its ongoing litigation with Samsung and others. The full complaint is listed on Priorsmart, and lists Beat Electronics… Read More

  • Samsung Launching Its Premium Headphones In The U.S.

    Samsung Launching Its Premium Headphones In The U.S.

    With sales of its premium smartphones failing to live up to expectations, Samsung is moving into another potentially high-margin business: premium headphones. Tomorrow the South Korean electronics giant will launch its Samsung Level line of headphones (and a wireless speaker) on premium goods retailer Gilt, whose members will have exclusive early access to buy a pair before they become more… Read More

  • Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

    Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

    Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million. The report on US trends (not… Read More

  • Apple’s iWatch Could Be The Next Big Sports Fashion Accessory

    Apple’s iWatch Could Be The Next Big Sports Fashion Accessory

    Sports sells gatorade, and sports sells sneakers, and sports sells clothing and hats and TV trays and bottle openers and anything that has enough surface area to hold a logo. But can sports sell the concept of the smartwatch? That’s what Apple might find out beginning in October, the rumored launch date of the iWatch, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The blog’s sources… Read More

  • Beats Is Using World Cup Fever To Promote Exclusive Early Access To Tracks

    Beats Is Using World Cup Fever To Promote Exclusive Early Access To Tracks

    Apple acquired a streaming music service with Beats, but how do you distinguish yourself in a market where one of the earliest movers still has an overwhelming percentage of mindshare? The key might be the unique advantages Beats has in terms of industry partnerships thanks to its deep recording scene roots, which could help it procure exclusives that listeners can only get in a single… Read More

  • Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

    Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

    Dr. Dre’s headphone company is now Apple’s headphone company, but the Beats Solo 2 were unveiled just after the acquisition and clearly developed long before Apple became involved. Still, the sequel to Beats’ flagship product is more than just a footnote to the acquisition story – they’re a huge improvement on the originals and a good reason why the latter-day… Read More

  • MOG Is Dead, Corpse Now Points To Its Acquirer Beats

    MOG Is Dead, Corpse Now Points To Its Acquirer Beats

    After 9 years in the game, MOG has completely shut down its streaming music service and now directs users to Beats, which acquired it in July 2012 for $14 million…and which was itself acquired by Apple this week. After providing subscribers a pro-rated refund and a 60-day free trial of Beats, the MOG concluded its delayed sunsetting schedule last night by scuttling its web… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: EarPlay

    Gillmor Gang: EarPlay

    The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor — grow more and more convinced that Apple is in for a good time this fall. The blending of streaming with downloading promises to accelerate what may well be the takeover of the industry formerly known as the music business. Mix in the upsell of the phablet iPhone to companion earphones and… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple/Beats, LG, And A $200 3D Printer

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple/Beats, LG, And A $200 3D Printer

    Apple bought Beats, for $3 billion. LG released the next generation of the G2, which is aptly named the G3. Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel had a few old emails leak that don’t paint him in the best light, and we stumbled across a new 3D printer that is available at the low, low price of $200. Read More

  • Apple Will Use Curation To Beat A Path To Mainstreaming Music

    Apple Will Use Curation To Beat A Path To Mainstreaming Music

    Ask the average person who their favorite musicians are and they’ll struggle to name more than a few. That’s one reason search-based streaming services haven’t hit critical mass. They force users to know what they want to hear. And this is why Tim Cook kept touting Beats as the “first streaming service that really got it right. Beats doesn’t ask people what they… Read More

  • Apple Patents Power Efficient, Sensor-Filled Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    Apple Patents Power Efficient, Sensor-Filled Noise Cancelling Earbuds

    Apple has a couple of new patent applications (via AppleInsider) for headset tech that could drastically reduce the power consumption of noise cancelling earbuds, which could also stop or start music automatically based on whether they’re in or out of your ear. The two applications cover different aspects, but all use sensors embedded in earbuds to make more efficient use of… Read More

  • Jimmy Iovine And Eddy Cue Talk Acquisition, Say Beats Music Has 250k Subscribers

    Jimmy Iovine And Eddy Cue Talk Acquisition, Say Beats Music Has 250k Subscribers

    Now that Apple has formally announced its $3 billion acquisition of Beats, both Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine have a lot to talk about. Three weeks after the deal was first reported by the FT, Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine talked through the reasons for the deal and how it’s going to work on stage at the inaugural CODE Conference. We… Read More

  • Beats Parts Ways With Design Firm As Apple Takes Over Hardware

    Beats Parts Ways With Design Firm As Apple Takes Over Hardware

    Now at Apple, Beats Electronics is leaving behind the design firm that made Beats synonymous in popular culture. The news came from Ammunition’s founder, Robert Brunner, in a blog post shortly after Apple finally announced the $3 billion deal. Ammunition has been with Beats since the beginning. Originally tasked with working with Monster Cable, the firm designed the brand’s… Read More

  • Apple Will Operate Beats Music’s Streaming Service Separately From The iTunes Download Store

    Apple Will Operate Beats Music’s Streaming Service Separately From The iTunes Download Store

    Apple just bought Beats, but rather than risk cratering iTunes download sales by evolving it into a streaming service, it will operate Beats Music’s streaming service in parallel to give listeners an all-they-can-hear subscription option. This confirms my scoop from last week that Apple wanted to run the two separately to allow for a graceful transition as download sales decline and… Read More

  • Apple Buys Beats Electronics For $3B

    Apple Buys Beats Electronics For $3B

    Apple has indeed purchased Beats, which includes both Beats Audio hardware and Beats Music, the streaming radio service that was founded by rapper Dr. Dre and longtime music industry exec Jimmy Iovine. The deal was reported to be in the works earlier this month, and was said to be worth an estimated $3.2 billion at the time, though a recent New York Post report said it was cut to $3 billion… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hollywood & Vine

    Gillmor Gang: Hollywood & Vine

    The Gillmor Gang — Alexia Tsotsis, Keith Teare, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — kick off the holiday weekend with a primer on cloud politics. Techcrunch co-editor Tsotsis in her maiden appearance in the clubhouse wastes no time putting @scobleizer on the spot, but Robert does a Seinfeld by saying nothing in a revealing way. Then we’re off to the land of Beats… Read More

  • Apple Wants Beats Music Because Transitioning iTunes To Streaming Could Kill Download Sales

    Apple Wants Beats Music Because Transitioning iTunes To Streaming Could Kill Download Sales

    Update: Apple announced the $3 billion deal on May 28th. Why would Apple buy Beats when it could just evolve iTunes into a streaming music service? Well, it wants the talent of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. But according to a source with direct knowledge of iTunes’ executive strategy, by buying and operating an external streaming service like Beats, Apple can coin off a smooth… Read More