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Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre May Make First Official Appearance at Apple's WWDC

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who are expected to take on senior roles at Apple following the company's rumored acquisition of Beats Electronics, may make their first appearance at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in June.

Citing sources familiar with the Beats Electronics acquisition talks, Billboard suggests Apple may introduce the two new hires during the event, possibly announcing Iovine as the company's new music chief. Iovine's role may include overseeing Apple's music strategy, securing deals and maintaining relationships with music labels.

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Apple is currently said to be in talks with Beats Electronics over a $3.2 billion acquisition that would see the company gaining the Beats headphone business, its music service, and its two co-founders, Iovine and Dre.

Apple's interest in the company is said to be centered around Iovine, who has deep ties to the music industry, but it also gives Apple a successful speaker and headphone accessory line along with an established streaming music service. According to a recent report from Reuters, Apple will likely keep the Beats brand as a separate entity, giving it a way to test a subscription music service without compromising its own iTunes store.

As noted by Billboard, Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, has previously appeared at an Apple event, congratulating Steve Jobs on the launch of both the iPod and the iTunes Store via video. Iovine has also had an ongoing relationship with Apple, initially pitching Steve Jobs on a music service back in 2003 and speaking with Apple executives prior to the launch of Beats Music earlier this year.

The deal between Apple and Beats Electronics is expected to be announced soon, possibly as early as this week.

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23 weeks ago
He's not even a real Doctor.
Rating: 64 Votes
23 weeks ago
I don't get the constant overly dramatic complaints over this deal.
Rating: 43 Votes
23 weeks ago
Came to post inb4 racist comments. Was too late.
Rating: 24 Votes
23 weeks ago
Please Apple, say it ain't so!
Rating: 22 Votes
23 weeks ago
After reading these threads, I'm embarrassed to be an Apple fan. Some people need to grow up.

Looking forward to their keynotes @ WWDC 2014
Rating: 20 Votes
23 weeks ago

He's not even a real Doctor.


But I am sure he stayed at a Holiday Inn!

And to think Apple could have had a website address:

www.Beats.me
Rating: 18 Votes
23 weeks ago
*with iPhone 6 mockup
Rating: 15 Votes
23 weeks ago

I don't get the constant overly dramatic complaints over this deal.


Its because nobody knows what the deal is really about and people tend to bash the unknown (makes them feel more save). There is for sure a good reason behind the deal - but nobody outside of Apple/Beats knows it.
Rating: 15 Votes
23 weeks ago
Time for some mad beets.
Rating: 14 Votes
23 weeks ago

Hey Dr. Dre let me give you some advice. Don't act like one of your homeboys while you work at Apple. If you do you probably won't last long. You see Apple is very serious about why they are doing. Unless you can add something of value you won't be there long. Anyone remember Scott Forstall?


Let me also give you some advice. Based on what you've typed, you're the LAST person Dre needs to take advice from. You're clearly ignorant (borderline racist) and nowhere near as successful since you clearly lack business acumen. So why on earth would he listen to anything you have to say.

PS- Enjoy this gif since i know it'll bother you deep down



(stolen from The Verge comments)
Rating: 14 Votes

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