Exploring Apple’s Strategic Acquisition of Beats

Exploring Apple's Strategic Acquisition of Beats

The acquisition of Beats by Apple, valued at a staggering $3 billion, took many by surprise. This move was uncharacteristic for Apple, both in terms of the acquisition’s size and its focus on a headphone and streaming service company.

As digital streaming platforms like Spotify and Pandora gain traction, iTunes’ role as the primary platform for music consumption has diminished.

Exploring Apple's Strategic Acquisition of Beats

This shift reflects a broader trend away from personal music ownership.

According to Billboard reports, album sales have recently plummeted to all-time lows.

This week’s 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It’s also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.

Last week was fairly slow for the top releases.

The top album, Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood, debuted with sales of 90,000 units, a figure below the first-week sales of many other top debuts of 2014. Three other albums debuted inside the top 10 but averaged only 31,000 units apiece.

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