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Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

In the wake of Apple’s purchase of Beats by Dre, Google has been tipped to be in talks to acquire the music streaming service Songza. While Google already has a streaming music service in its Google Play Music library and delivery system, the company may be looking for a way to compete with Apple’s oncoming integration of Beats Music curation into their music delivery system(s). Songza may be the answer Google needs.

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Apple Lightning headphones on the horizon

Apple Lightning headphones on the horizon

Certainly a coincidence with the recent acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, Apple has this week revealed a new MFi specification for Lightning Headphones. The Made for iPhone program allows businesses to release their electronics with a fancy stamp that also potentially allows them to have said products in Apple Stores. In this case, Lightning Cable MFi specifications connect with headphones for high-quality audio.

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Dr Dre speaks with Apple onstage at WWDC 2014

Dr Dre speaks with Apple onstage at WWDC 2014

Today in a demonstration of how OS X Yosemite was able to use an iPhone as a relay to make phone calls, Apple made a call to Dr. Dre. His phone number - almost certainly a single-use number - called up Dre on stage. "Hey how you doing, this is Dre," said Dre, "I'm glad you called. I heard Tim gets in early — what time should I show up for work."

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Apple grants Beats reprieve to Android, Windows Phone and HP

Apple grants Beats reprieve to Android, Windows Phone and HP

Beats Music will continue to be available for Android and Windows Phone devices even after Apple completes its Beats purchase, it's been confirmed, while HP will get a grace period to continue baking the audio tech into its products. While there had been speculation that Apple's Beats buy was predominantly motivated by wanting to grab Beats Music, and that it would make the service an exclusive for iPhone and iPad users only, Apple's Eddy Cue denied that would be the case.

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Apple taking over design of Beats hardware in acquisition

Apple taking over design of Beats hardware in acquisition

Though Apple will operate Beats independently of the company proper, things will definitely be changing. Beats’ iconic designs have been thanks to design firm Ammunition, who designed everything from the Pro to the Pill. Now that Apple has snatched up Beats, they’ll be handling the hardware as well, leaving Ammunition out in the cold.

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Apple Beats: The Next Episode

Apple Beats: The Next Episode

The acquisition of Beats by Apple was not about shutting down a rival company, nor was it about grabbing patents. Apple didn’t intent on purchasing Beats because they wanted good designers or because they didn’t already have good enough headphones themselves. Instead, this purchase was the first in Apple’s public transformation into a company that isn’t forced to retain its excellence by strict regulation of hardware and software. Now begins Apple’s diversification.

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Apple’s acquisition of Beats confirmed for $3 billion

Apple’s acquisition of Beats confirmed for $3 billion

In an attempt to get a “headstart”, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed the company is purchasing Beats. He also says Apple will spend $3 billion for Beats, the largest acquisition ever for Apple. This ends weeks of speculation, giving us the answers we’ve been so curious to know.

Apple rumored to have reduced offer for Beats

Apple rumored to have reduced offer for Beats

All the fanfare over Apple buying Beats, and it turns out Apple wasn’t even done researching the company when we first heard of it. A new report from the New York Post suggests Apple was still doing their due diligence when news of the proposed acquisition leaked. The report also suggests Apple has reduced their offer for Beats on the back of poor streaming subscriber numbers.

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Apple/Beats deal said slowed by money, power, and respect

Apple/Beats deal said slowed by money, power, and respect

The Apple deal to acquire Beats, which was supposed to have happened weeks ago, has dragged out far too long. If a deal were to be made, we expect it would have been done by now, but a new report suggests there are some visceral hang-ups keeping it at bay. Most notably, the three tenets of any business dealing: money, power, and respect.

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