Report: Apple to Shut Down Beats Music

“When I listened to theirs [Beats Music] for a while, I feel completely different … it’s hard to describe.” This is what Tim Cook said about Beats Music in an interview with Charlie Rose just 10 days ago on September 12. Now, as TechCrunch reports via five separate sources from inside of the company, Apple is set to shut down the music service indefinitely.  (more…)

Beats Music v1.2.0 Update Adds Verified Badges, Sentence History, and More

Beats Music (anyone using it?) received an update today with four new features that the Beats crew said you asked for. The goodies include a Tune Your Taste options for switching up the “Just For You” recommendations. Sentence History has also been added, so that you can view your most recently played songs from The Sentence. Finally, Beats Music now has verified badges (to show how “legit” someone is) and improvements to the app that should fix a bunch of bugs.

The update is live, so go grab it.  (more…)

Apple Finally Makes It Official, is Buying Beats for $3 Billion

Hey, look, Apple finally decided to announce that it is buying Beats. The cost of the acquisition will run Apple $3 billion, a price that includes a purchase price of $2.6 billion plus another $400 million that will vest over time. Apple is buying both Beats Music and Beats Electronics.

This acquisition was first rumored back on May 8, so we aren’t exactly sure why it took Apple so long to announce it. Some think the delay was due to Dr. Dre’s YouTube celebration, where he spouted out drunkenly that he was “The first billionaire in Hip-Hop, right here from the motherf***in’ West Coast, believe it.” Either way, it’s all official now.  (more…)

Apple Pulling an HTC, Considering Purchase of Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion

According to a report out of Financial Times, Apple is currently negotiating a purchase of Beats Electronics to the tune of $3.2 billion. The deal could be made official as soon as next week, but from what sources state, a few terms have yet to be ironed out. If the deal does go through, for the $3.2 billion, it would be Apple’s largest acquisition to date.  (more…)

Video: Beats Music First Look and Overview

With Beats Music now live and available with a 7-day free trial for Android users, we decided to take it for a spin to see how it stacks up to Google Play Music, our current favorite streaming music service. It would take something special to pry us away from Google’s music service, but we are willing to give anything a fair shot. And since Beats Music has worked with special curators to bring you custom made playlists for any moment in life (the “Backseat Love” playlist is already a favorite), plus has the backing of music industry mega-powers, how can we not give it some serious thought?  (more…)

Beats Music Goes Live With Subscriptions Starting at $9.99 Per Month, After 7-Day Free Trial

Beats Music is now live. The new music service has started to rollout across platforms already this morning, with the Android app just now going live. To test the service for free, Beats is giving everyone a 7-day trial, which seems to only involve installing the app and creating an account. If you decide to hang with it, you can join for $9.99 per month.

AT&T customers appear to get the best deal, which was announced a week ago. If your family is on AT&T, you can sign-up your family account for $14.99 (up to 5 lines and 10 devices) and receive music that doesn’t count against your data plan (part of AT&T’s new sponsored data, we assume).

We are digging into it now and will have more shortly!  (more…)