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Beats Breakdown: Apple Paying $2.5B for Beats Electronics, $500M for Beats Music

Apple yesterday announced plans to acquire both Beats Electronics and Beats Music for a combined total of $3 billion, but a new report from The Wall Street Journal breaks those numbers down further.

As it turns out, Apple is paying slightly less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, with the bulk of the money ($2.5B) going towards the purchase of Beats Electronics, which includes the company's popular line of headphones and speakers.

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At yesterday's Code Conference, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine revealed that the service has 250,000 subscribers in the United States, a small number compared to Spotify's 10 million worldwide listeners. Beats Music's relatively modest size explains why it was so much cheaper than the company's Electronics division, which pulled in $1.5 billion in sales in 2013 according to a source that spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

Leveraging iTunes and iTunes Radio, Apple may be able to grow Beats Music significantly in the coming months. Apple's existing streaming music service, iTunes Radio, has a total of 40 million listeners and via iTunes, Apple has sold 35 billion songs. The company also has more than 800 million iTunes accounts, most with credit cards attached, along with a wealth of data on customer listening habits.

"We think all of those things, when you put them all together, it's on steroids with us together," said iTunes Chief Eddy Cue.

Under the terms of the deal, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will both be joining Apple to work under Cue, while marketing head Phil Schiller will oversee the Beats headphone business. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called Iovine and Dre's talent and skills "really unique" and "very hard to find." He also stated that Apple felt Beats Music was the first music service to "get it right" through the use of human curation.

Following regulatory approval, Apple's purchase of Beats is expected to close during the fiscal fourth quarter.

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9 weeks ago
Somehow I feel this marriage isn't going to last.
Rating: 19 Votes
9 weeks ago
Doubters are proven wrong once again. Congrats Dre! :apple:

Rating: 14 Votes
9 weeks ago
So much for all the comments (too numerous to list) about how

"Dude, it's NOT about the headphones!"
Rating: 13 Votes
9 weeks ago
It was the hardware.

Kudos Beats, you just found the richest sucker to purchase your overpriced headphones, and the silly suckers are smiling like they got a good deal :)

And most of well played Dr Dre , YOUR mega rich! And damn lucky cook is running the show.

So apple bought a headphone company that is renowned for having poor sound quality. Given apple in house headphones are nothing to call home about, they are basically not going to improve the sound quality going forward as a result of this spend.

I hope this is not a stupid attempt to be cooler than Samsung ...... Given how much money Samsung is throwing into marketing .
Rating: 12 Votes
9 weeks ago
Looks like it WAS for the hardware then.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 weeks ago
These prices are based on individual valuations not on what Apple 'wanted'. Beats Electronics is far more valuable than Beats Music.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 weeks ago
I wish they bought Beats music for $500M and a bunch of Bose or Sennheiser engineers for $2.5B instead.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 weeks ago



So apple bought a headphone company that is renowned for having poor sound quality.


Yes, so renowned for having poor sound quality that they sell billions of dollars worth of headphones.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 weeks ago

Yes, so renowned for having poor sound quality that they sell billions of dollars worth of headphones.


If quantity is indicative of quality then McDonald's must have 5-star quality hamburgers! :rolleyes:

Rating: 6 Votes
9 weeks ago

Ask any audiophile, beats earphones would probably be the last thing he/she recommends. Many of them hold the opinion that beats earphones are 45% Design 45% Hype and only 10% sound quality


Is there a directory of audiophiles I could consult? If so, are the listed audiophiles certified? And would you provide a link to that survey you mention-- those numbers are mighty specific. Thanks!

Also, could you link me to any other people you know who blow smoke out of their nether parts?

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Troubled history? Monster was granted the rights to manufacture and develop the first generation of Beats Headphones. After the 5 year contract expired, Beats Electronics moved on from them. They didn't maneuver... they simply didn't renew a contract.


Please, don't upset the narrative!
Rating: 5 Votes

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