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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...

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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...

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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...

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NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones on camera

It's quite common to see NFL players on the bench or in the locker room wearing Beats headphones, but a new marketing deal the league inked with Bose will prevent players from doing that in the future. The ban prevents players or coaches from wearing anything but Bose headphones during...

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Apple rolls out Apple TV software update with "Family Sharing" support and dedicated "Beats" channel

Apple's servers are being put to the test today. In addition to the release of iOS 8, Apple earlier today also rolled out a software update for Apple TV which brings with it a number of enhancements. First, the Apple TV design interface has been slightly revamped. Though the layout effectively...

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And you wonder why Apple bought Beats...

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 services like Spotify and Pandora...

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New music royalty rates may cost Apple

A pair of organizations representing music artists is pushing for the U.S. government to give the music industry more freedom in deciding what to charge for music, AppleInsider reports. In turn, streaming services like Apple's iTunes Radio and the newly acquired Beats Music could feel a bit of a...

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Apple adds Beats accessories section to its online store

With Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats now officially a done deal (having received both European and U.S. regulatory approval just last week), Apple is moving quickly to more prominently feature the company's products on its website. Earlier today, Apple updated the accessories section of...

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Beats' head of subscription-music service is now in charge of iTunes Radio

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has appointed Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, to run iTunes Radio. Three executives from Beats -- Rogers, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine -- joined Apple as part of the company's purchase of the music service and headphone...

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Apple gives Beats a big ol' public hug

Anyone with even a casual interest in the tech world, Apple products, or personal audio knows that Apple and Beats are BFFs now, but for everyone else, Tim Cook and company have now made it official with what the kids would call a public display of affection. A new page on Apple's site is devoted...

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EU gives the green light to Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats

Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats was just approved by EU antitrust regulators, Engadget reported earlier today. A press release on the matter relayed that Beats coming under the Apple umbrella doesn't raise any anti-competitive concerns -- with respect to headphones -- because "the...

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Bose files patent infringement lawsuit against Beats over headphone noise cancellation

According to TechCrunch and CNBC, Bose today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Beats Electronics in the US District Court for the District of Delaware. The complaint, embedded below, accuses Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology used in...

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Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters alleging losses of billions of dollars

Beats Electronics -- soon to be under the Apple umbrella if all goes according to plan -- is suing Chinese counterfeiters for illegally manufacturing and selling fake Beats headphones and accessories. According to the lawsuit, the defendants at issue work in concert to create hundreds, if not...

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EU regulators to decide on Apple's Beats acquisition by late July

Reuters reports that EU antitrust regulators will decide by July 30 whether or not they'll give the green light to Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats. "The Commission can either clear the deal unconditionally or demand concessions if it sees competition issues," the report notes. "It can...

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