Apple Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Beats Music [Update: Not True]

beatsApple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.

Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.

Apple first acquired Beats Music in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the music service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting that it would remain as a standalone service.

TechCrunch suggests that the fact that Beats Music did not come pre-loaded onto the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus serves as a "red flag" that the music service is on its way out. The site also pointed towards an Apple Watch demo that included an "unannounced music app with a blue play button that instantly started playing songs when tapped during a demo," but that icon appears to correspond to the Remote app and not a new music app.

Apple shutting down Beats Music is unusual news given the efforts that the company has gone to in order to promote it in recent weeks, adding it to the list of "Apps Made by Apple" and recommending the app to new iOS users. If Apple plans to do away with Beats Music, it is unclear what further moves it will make in the streaming music arena. Beats Music was seen as the company's answer to popular services like Spotify, aimed at bolstering flagging music sales.

According to one source who spoke to TechCrunch, Apple might be planning to roll streaming music into iTunes, creating a unified Apple music service after shutting down Beats Music.

Update: According to an Apple representative that spoke to Re/code, the company is not planning to shut down Beats Music.

So why would Apple plan to shut down Beats Music, as a TechCrunch headline reports?
Answer: It's not.

Tom Neumayr, says the TechCrunch story is "not true", but wouldn’t elaborate.

While the spokesperson declined to elaborate, Re/code suggests that while Apple does not plan to shut down Beats Music, it may "modify it over time," changing the brand name.

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Top Rated Comments

cowbellallen Avatar
126 months ago
Time to forget about Dre.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TimUSCA Avatar
126 months ago
This makes no sense... they JUST added a Beats Music app to Apple TV. Why bother if they're just going to shut it down?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
osofast240sx Avatar
126 months ago
Everything just being incorporated into iTunes music no news here! Makes perfect sense

Lets not forget these guys are a lot smarter than you and I#
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Patriot24 Avatar
126 months ago
I’m sure rolling Beats’ technology, contracts, and subscribers into iTunes/Music.app was the plan from day one regardless of what they may have said at the time - you don't want people bailing off of the service because they think it is going away immediately.

Combine this rumor with the rumors regarding U2’s involvement with Apple around music formats (Iovine and U2 are like peas and carrots) and things start making sense.

I have said and will continue to say that the purchase of Beats was always about the streaming business, not the headphones. Tim all but confirmed this during his recent interviews when he didn't even mention the headphones when listing the reasons why he wanted to buy the company.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TigerWoodsIV Avatar
126 months ago
Not really too shocking to me. If this is true, I'm sure they'll be rolling it into iTunes and an Apple branded streaming service. Tim Cook seemed thrilled with the service during his interview with Charlie Rose, and why completely discontinue it one way or another.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TC03 Avatar
126 months ago
I guess Apple is getting ready for the next episode.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)