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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Top Rated Comments

WardC Avatar
130 months ago
And WHY does this look like a mug shot taken after a crazy night gone bad???
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
taptic Avatar
130 months ago
Well... guess I'd better go download pandora... BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE GUYS WITH SUNBURNED EARS!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikethebigo Avatar
130 months 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citi Avatar
130 months 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.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
diddl14 Avatar
130 months ago
He seems to be a fan of Steve...



http://www.wired.com/2012/12/ff-skater-ian-rogers-topspin/all/
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JoshGlzBrk Avatar
130 months ago
It really does look like a mug shot...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)