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Beats boss Iovine hints at streaming service for Apple

Beats boss Iovine hints at streaming service for Apple

At Apple, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has no actual role. The music mogul reportedly works alongside Eddy Cue, who heads up Apple’s iTunes department. In the acquisition, Apple got a lot more than Beats hardware and streaming service; they got talent. In being named one of GQ’s men of the year, Iovine spilled some details on what led Apple to snap up Beats, and what he might be working on. Once again, we’re getting excited for the promise of iTunes streaming to us.

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Apple-owned Beats release Solo2 Wireless headphones

Apple-owned Beats release Solo2 Wireless headphones

The first headphones released by Beats by Dre since they've been acquired by Apple fully has come to fruition. This set of Solo2 wireless headphones is wireless for the first time. You'll also be able to connect this pair of headphones in with what they're calling a "RemoteTalk" cable if you've used up the 12 hours of battery time these phones contain when fully charged. They won't have a big Apple logo on their earpieces, but they'll certainly have Apple on the box - in the footnotes, at least.

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FCC docs show Bluetooth Beats headphones incoming

FCC docs show Bluetooth Beats headphones incoming

It seems as though Apple may be readying a new set of Beats headphones for us, or at least an update to the existing lineup. The Solo2 is one of the more popular pair of Beats headphones around, and serve as a lower cost option to the Studio headset. A new FCC filing suggests we’re about to get a Bluetooth version of those headphones, but that’s not where the news ends. It seems Apple isn’t making the changes we previously assumed they might.

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Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

So you saw Beats Music earlier this year and were impressed, but not enough to pay the monthly fee imposed until now? It may be that Apple has seen what Beats Music (now owned by Apple) is all about and wants to cut the price per month. The new pricing - in a pitch heard thirdhand from Apple - is being suggested at $5 USD. That price might never be met. What’s far more likely is that Apple will cut the price, but that music labels they’re working with will still want at least $7 or $8 USD from end users like you.

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Apple Store no longer carries Bose products

Apple Store no longer carries Bose products

A lot has been speculated on regarding Apple’s relationship with third-party entities lately, as both Bose and Fitbit have reportedly come under fire as having offended Apple’s sensibilities. In Fitbit’s case, it seems to be their resistance to support HealthKit that allegedly has them on the edge of being removed from the Apple Store. Bose and the NFL have a partnership that saw athletes being fined for wearing Beats headphones. Suddenly, a search for Bose headphones in the Apple Store brings up no products.

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NFL quarterback Kaepernick fined $10k after wearing Beats headphones on camera

NFL quarterback Kaepernick fined $10k after wearing Beats headphones on camera

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has become the first NFL player to be punished for wearing Beats headphones following last week's policy change by the league banning all non-Bose headphones. Due to an exclusive sponsorship deal with Bose, the NFL prohibits players and coaches from appearing in any competitors' headphones during interviews, both during games and off-season training, as well as for 90 minutes after a game ends.

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Bose, Apple end patent squabble over Beats

Bose, Apple end patent squabble over Beats

Bose has settled a patent dispute against Apple-owned Beats. The suit alleged that Beats was using Bose noise-canceling technology in their headsets, but had no permission to do so, and was not licensing the tech from Bose. Bose was also seeking an import ban on all Beats products. Apple and Bose made a joint filing in a Delaware court acknowledging the settlement, and asked that the US International Trade commission end their investigation. Case closed, except for that pesky rumor about Apple Stores.

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Apple may pull Bose products from stores soon

Apple may pull Bose products from stores soon

If you’ve not been keeping up with the world of sports, there’s some shady business going on in the NFL. The league has a new sponsor in Bose, which isn’t at all bad. The problem is the league is fining players for using non-Bose headphones, should they be photographed with them on. Adding a layer of complexity to the issue is that players tend to prefer Beats headphones, which is an Apple product. Now it seems Apple may be striking back, removing Bose products from stores.

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No more Beats: NFL players forbidden to wear the headphones on camera after Bose deal

No more Beats: NFL players forbidden to wear the headphones on camera after Bose deal

The appearance of the Beats By Dre line of headphones on professional athletes is easily one of the top reasons the brand has become so recognizable in the last few years, and becoming the leader the of the so-called "premium headphone" market. While a number of professional athletes have direct sponsorship contracts with the Apple-owned Beats, don't expect to see them of the heads of NFL players any longer, as a new marketing deal with Bose prevents the rival headphones from appearing on camera.

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