Beats 1 Lead Executive Ian Rogers Leaves Apple

Apple Music senior director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers has resigned from Apple nearly two months after the launch of the streaming music service, the company confirmed to the Financial Times today.

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Rogers was among a group of executives that joined Apple last year when the iPhone maker acquired Beats for $3 billion. Rogers's official title was Senior Director of Apple Music, a position he held since August 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Rogers, who served as Beats Music CEO between January 2013 and August 2014, departed Apple to join an undisclosed "Europe-based company in an unrelated industry" on the west coast. He is credited for hiring Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who worked at BBC Radio 1 from 2002 to 2015.

Beats 1 is a 24/7 streaming radio station built into Apple Music, featuring a mix of the latest music and guest appearances from artists such as Drake, Dr. Dre, The Weeknd, Eminem, Pharrell Williams and others.

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Rogifan Avatar
115 months ago
Ok now when are Jimmy, Trent and Dre leaving so Apple can write off this stupid purchase.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spiderman0616 Avatar
115 months ago
Why is the reaction to stuff like this always, "Because Apple _____ sucks and they're doomed." It can be for 1,000 different reasons. Maybe he was just ready to do something else. Maybe his health is bad. Maybe it's just that Iovine is clearly running Apple Music now and there wasn't room for him. Maybe Apple just wasn't fulfilling for him. If he had done much other than hire Zane Lowe, we probably would have heard a lot more about him by now. The truth is, he came to Apple through an acquisition. Apple doesn't "acquire different". Whenever there's an acquisition, there is fallout, and it's usually within the buyee, not the buyer.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
115 months ago
Why is the reaction to stuff like this always, "Because Apple _____ sucks and they're doomed." It can be for 1,000 different reasons. Maybe he was just ready to do something else. Maybe his health is bad. Maybe it's just that Iovine is clearly running Apple Music now and there wasn't room for him. Maybe Apple just wasn't fulfilling for him. If he had done much other than hire Zane Lowe, we probably would have heard a lot more about him by now. The truth is, he came to Apple through an acquisition. Apple doesn't "acquire different". Whenever there's an acquisition, there is fallout, and it's usually within the buyee, not the buyer.
Because most Apple haters have a knee-jerk reaction to anything and say it's bad for Apple. If every man, woman and child on the planet bought an Apple Watch, it would STILL be a failure because the Martian market was untapped.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ray Brady Avatar
115 months ago
For the record, "undisclosed Europe-based company in an unrelated industry" usually means SPECTRE.

OK, sometimes it's Hydra. But still...
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
115 months ago
Apple is full of millionaires. Eventually, most of their older employees will come to realize that retiring or working on what they want to for the rest of their lives is better than taking orders and having a boss.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProjectManager101 Avatar
115 months ago
Apple is full of millionaires. Eventually, most of their older employees will come to realize that retiring or working on what they want to for the rest of their lives is better than taking orders and having a boss.
A boss with no direction.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)