Apple Acquired 20 Companies Across 2014, 7 In Fiscal Fourth Quarter

During today's fourth quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple purchased 20 companies over the course of 2014, including seven companies during the fiscal fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies purchased, some remain known, but many remain unknown.

Apple's biggest purchase of fiscal 2014 was Beats Electronics, which the company bought for $3 billion in May. With the acquisition, it gained Beats popular line of headphones, the Beats Music music service, and it took on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, as executives.

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Other recent known acquisitions in fiscal 2014 include iPad-publishing platform Prss, book recommendation platform BookLamp, radio streaming app Swell, social recommendation service Spotsetter, and low-power display company LuxVue.

Last quarter, Apple announced that it had acquired 30 companies thus far in fiscal 2014, which brings the total number of acquisitions since last October up to approximately 37. While some of those acquisitions were known, many of Apple's acquisitions were kept quiet, going under the radar.

The technology from Apple's acquisitions will undoubtedly make its way into future products and updates, and details on its acquisitions may become apparent over time.

Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was "on the prowl" for additional companies to acquire and that Apple is always looking at acquisition space to avoid letting "money burn a hole in our pocket."

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Top Rated Comments

cleirac Avatar
125 months ago
20 + 1 doomed companies! :p
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sundog925 Avatar
125 months ago
can they buy developers/engineers who actually know what they're doing?

iOS 8.0.1 anybody?

that ***** is priceless…..
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nuckinfutz Avatar
125 months ago
Software

A Tasty Pixel (http://atastypixel.com/)–
Why? Audiobus (http://audiob.us/)is kicking butt and taking names. Apple should acquihire Michael Tyson and integrate the best features of Audiobus with Inter App Audio and rule the tablet audio production market.

JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com/) –
Why? Upgrades to Macs and OS X are becoming more complex. Acquire JAMF and make Casper Suite scale from the Technophile home to SMB. Leave the high end for Mobile Iron and other MDM companies.

Theory.IO (http://www.notesuite.io/)
NoteSuite- Under the radar but well done app that integrates tasks, handwriting and note capture without the subscription fees of Evernote. Perfect complement to iWork or an infusion of technology. Company founded by Peter Tamte an ex Apple, Macsoft and Bungie employee.

With these three Apple is addressing

1. Taking ownership of audio on iOS.
2. Fixing the pain of managing Apple devices
3. Shoring up productivity offerings by adding IP that iWork doesn't have.
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576316 Avatar
125 months ago
Seems like a silly thing to suggest, but is there ever a chance that Apple could get too big and wealthy?
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SoAnyway Avatar
125 months ago
Time for me to think of some awesome idea so that Apple can purchase it along with me for a billion dollars! :cool:
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