Tag: Beats

Spotify userbase grows to 60 million active users and 15 million subscribers

As the world awaits the impending (we hope) integration of Beats Music and iOS, Spotify continues to march along an upward trajectory. Earlier today, Spotify announced that its popular on-demand music service now has 15 million subscribers and 60 million active users. The last time Spotify publi...

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Music streaming expands in 2014, digital sales drop

Thanks to a new report from Nielsen SoundScan we now know that 2014 proved to be yet another chaotic year for the music industry. Total sales of albums fell 11 percent to just 257 million albums sold in the US, while digital sales dropped 9 percent to 117.6 million. Vinyl sales grew 52 percent, b...

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Thanks to Apple, Dr. Dre had the most profitable year of any musician in history

Dr. Dre has had a very good year. This week Forbes magazine released its rankings of the world's highest paid musicians, and the good Doctor took the number one spot by half a billion dollars more than the second place earner. The number two spot went to Beyonce with $115 million. So how much ...

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Bose triumphantly returns to Apple Store, Apple pretends like nothing happened

After unceremoniously culling Bose products from Apple Stores around the globe a couple of months back, the popular audio brand has snuck back into Apple's good graces just in time for the last weeks of holiday shopping. Recent reports claim that Apple's retail locations have begun taking shipment...

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Jimmy Iovine named one of GQ's Men of the Year, talks Apple Beats deal

Jimmy Iovine joined Apple during the $3 billion acquisition of Beats earlier this year, the largest purchase in Apple's history. Needless to say, it's been a good year for Iovine. Now the mogul has been named one of GQ's Men of the Year and in his interview for the award, Iovine gives details on wh...

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Apple planning to bundle Beats Music app into iOS early next year

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music app into iOS sometime early next year, perhaps as early as March. Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on ...

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Beats announces new wireless Solo2 Bluetooth headphones

Beats today announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May. "We're taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it," Beats President L...

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Best Buy Black Friday deals: $100 off iPad Air 2, $150 off MacBook Air and much more

It's still early November, but with Thanksgiving about 2+ weeks away, the Black Friday deals have already started rolling in. Per usual, Best Buy will have some solid deals that may very well warrant trekking over to the store once you're finished stuffing yourself with turkey and mashed potatoe...

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Spotify revenue outpaces iTunes revenue by 13% in Europe

In yet another example highlighting the changing landscape of the music industry, TechCrunch reports that revenue generated from Spotify in Europe is now 13% higher than revenue generated by iTunes Music sales in Europe. Kobalt, a company that helps collect music royalties on behalf of thousan...

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Apple partners with Southwest for in-flight Beats Music

Travelers boarding Southwest planes are about to find a new in-flight entertainment option as Apple/Beats Music has partnered with the airline to offer streaming Beats Music. The whole things starts today and is limited to planes that offer Wi-Fi. The service will be free to Southwest customers, ...

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iTunes sees 13% drop in music downloads

With free music more accessible than ever before, music downloads are on the decline. Specifically, The Wall Street Journal reports that music downloads on iTunes are down by 13-14% since the beginning of the year. Digital music sales at Apple Inc.'s iTunes store have fallen 13 world-wide sinc...

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Apple reportedly wants to lower the price of Beats Music to $5 per month

Re/Code today adds more color to a previous report claiming that Apple is hoping to secure a lower monthly rate for its Beats Music app. According to the report, Apple is urging record labels to agree to a $5 monthly rate for all-you-can-eat streaming, a significant decrease from the somewhat...

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Jimmy Iovine welcomes free publicity from NFL's ban on Beats headphones

Despite the NFL's promotional agreement with Bose, a number of big name NFL stars continue to wear Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at football events. Just two weeks ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined US$10,000 by the league for wearing his Beats headphones to an after-ga...

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Apple to cull Bose products from retail stores

A longtime staple of Apple retail stores, audio products from Bose are now set to be axed from Apple's shelves as early as next week, MacRumors reports. Apple hasn't yet -- and likely won't -- publicly weigh in on the decision to remove the popular brand from its brick-and-mortar chain, but the de...

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Niners QB Colin Kaepernick fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones

On account of a new marketing deal with Bose, the NFL last week banned players from donning Beats headphones during televised interviews, on the field, and even during pre and post-game situations where television cameras might be around. Further, the ban on players wearing Beats headphones is app...

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