Apple is a little late to the music-streaming revolution with its acquisition of Beats Music; that much is clear. According to a new Buzzfeed report, however, that tardiness has as much to do with willful ignorance on the part of Apple's executives as it does with maintaining sales on iTunes.
We reported this morning that it looked as though Apple was going ahead with its hotly discussed acquisition of Beats Electronics, and now it's official. As of today, Apple is buying Beats Electronics and its associated Beats Music steaming service for $3 billion (a bit down from the $3.2 billion originally suggested).
The news over the last few days has been swirling with speculation about Apple's possible acquisition of Beats Electronics, and most commentators assume that the Cupertino company wants to buy it for its pre-built music streaming service that's similar to Spotify. But Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson believes that's not the case. Instead, he states in an interview with Billboard, Apple primarily wants to secure Beats for the industry connections of co-founder Jimmy Iovine.
Did you know Samsung now has its own terminal at Heathrow Airport in London? According to Android Central, the Korean smartphone giant managed to cut a deal with one of the world's busiest airports to rebrand Terminal 5 as "Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5" starting today (May 19), and running for the next two weeks. And hey, if that type of advertising sways you, the company's latest flagship handset will be available for purchase at Dixons Travel stores in the very same terminal. But that's far from the only big deal going down this past weekend, as our recap reveals...
The long wait for Mac OS X 10.9.3 ended this morning when Apple released it to general users after close to two months of developer testing. Along with several minor improvements, the update enhances 4K display support for the new Mac Pro and the 15-inch MacBook with Retina display. Also included in the update is a significant improvement to iTunes's podcast interface.
It's hard to imagine now, but iTunes started out as a simple audio player. It didn't try to sell you anything, nor did it support movies, TV shows, books, or apps. Depending on whom you ask, iTunes has grown either more feature-rich or bloated over the years. But in this multimedia world, what if all you want to do is play music from your computer? Then Vox 2.0 might be for you.
Music is a big part of Apple's contemporary success, and now it looks as though the Cupertino company is looking to expand its offerings in the field beyond iTunes and its own accessories. In fact,the Financial Times reports (via MacRumors) that Apple may be less than a week away from acquiring Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and streaming music service started by Dr. Drew and Jimmy Iovine.
By all accounts, Apple's iPhone 5c appears to be far from the flop many pundits were expecting, but the flagship iPhone 5s continues to dominate Cupertino's smartphone sales, with a notable uptick in sales across Europe, Japan, and Australia, according to new research data from Kantar Worldpanel. But that's not the only challenge facing the iPhone maker, as the first entry in our weekend recap details...