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Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to Also Head Up iTunes Radio

ianrogersApple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats was finalized today, and as the two companies merge into one, the positions some former Beats employees will take on at Apple are becoming clearer.

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Ian Rogers, who serves as the CEO of Beats Music, will take Apple’s own iTunes Radio streaming music service under his wing, heading up both streaming music services. Rogers will likely report to Eddy Cue, the SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, who oversees all of Apple’s content stores.
Rogers, a former Yahoo executive, will run both teams to create cohesion in Apple’s streaming-music options, according to the people familiar with the matter. Pandora and Spotify, the two-biggest streaming music services, each offer both a free ad-supported service and a subscription-based service.
As previously reported, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (aka Dr. Dre) are also expected to take on senior roles at the company, and while it remains unclear exactly what the duo will do at Apple, Iovine may also become involved with iTunes, securing deals and marketing opportunities.

Earlier today, Apple posted a message on its website welcoming the Beats team to the family, as Beats shut down its own online store. While many former Beats employees are transitioning to Cupertino or continuing to work in a Los Angeles office, approximately 200 employees in human resources, finance, and other areas where there was overlap with Apple have only been given temporary positions as the company tries to find new roles for them.

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7 weeks ago
And WHY does this look like a mug shot taken after a crazy night gone bad???
Rating: 20 Votes
7 weeks ago
Well... guess I'd better go download pandora... BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE GUYS WITH SUNBURNED EARS!
Rating: 11 Votes
7 weeks ago
He's young, he knows what's popular, he was in the leadership of a very successful/profitable music brand, and it can only mean good things to have him around.
Rating: 7 Votes
6 weeks ago

Dre's running with a different crowd these days.

Image (http://i.imgur.com/TZshy99.jpg)


You mean, running with intelligent, driven, innovative people? Yeah, that's not thug at all. Dre hasn't been thug for 20 years, in fact most in the know would say Dre has never been thug. Dre is about success and he will team with anyone that will get him there.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 weeks ago
Hopefully this means iTunes Radio is closer being offered in the UK.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago
He seems to be a fan of Steve...



http://www.wired.com/2012/12/ff-skater-ian-rogers-topspin/all/
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago
It really does look like a mug shot...
Rating: 5 Votes
7 weeks ago

Spotify ipad app is garbage and outdated, the iPhone app took a LONG time to get updated


Beats being full integrated into iOS can only mean good things not just for Beats Music but also for Spotify to step its game up because it basically has no competition when it comes to the numbers so they enjoy being lazy


Spotify for iOS has been regularly and frequently updated on the iPhone and is one of the best music apps in terms of beauty, simplicity, and functionality. I agree that the iPad app could use some improvements but Spotify is the company to beat right now on terms of streaming. Their iPhone iOS app is one of the most highly rated apps on the Apps store - and for good reason.
Rating: 4 Votes
6 weeks ago
Bookmarking this thread to paste in response to the next

"Why, whenever there is a picture of a new female hire, do all of the comments focus on her appearance. This wouldn't happen if it was a man!.. "

post i see on here
Rating: 4 Votes
7 weeks ago

Well... guess I'd better go download pandora... BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE GUYS WITH SUNBURNED EARS!


I agree! That means he's always on vacation and doesn't even wear Beats headphones (which are great for ear sunburn prevention)
Rating: 4 Votes

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