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Apple tosses in free Beats headphones with Mac and iPad purchases

Apple tosses in free Beats headphones with Mac and iPad purchases

If you're a student or an educator and you've been thinking of picking up a new Mac or iPad, now might be the time to take the plunge. Apple has launched a new promotion which will see it handing out free Beats headphones with each eligible Mac or iPad purchase made by educators and students. Given the price of some of these Beats headphones, you could potentially save a lot of cash by taking advantage of this deal.

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BeatsX Earphones are now available at last

BeatsX Earphones are now available at last

It's been a bit of bumpy road getting to this point, but Beats by Dre's new BeatsX Earphones are finally available for purchase. Beats and Apple originally intended to have these on store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, but then their release was pushed back into 2017. Their release mirrors that of the AirPods in some ways, as those were hit with a delay as well.

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX are finally shipping this month

The new Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from last year, will finally be hitting store shelves this month it's been confirmed today. Announced back in September 2016, the wireless headphones were meant to land in the fall, but were postponed for unexplained reasons. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed exactly when we'll be able to buy them, and the good news is that there's not long to wait.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Dr Dre TV show detailed as Apple original called Vital Signs

Dr Dre TV show detailed as Apple original called Vital Signs

Musician Dr Dre has been tipped to be creating a semi-autobiographical TV show with Apple by the name of Vital Signs. At this time it is not clear where the first season of this show will debut, but if you're betting, you'd do well to bet on an Apple product like Apple TV and/or iTunes. Dre helped made Beats by Dre explode as a headphone brand then a music service, following up by an acquisition by Apple. Now the video age begins.

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It’s finally happening: Beats Music shuts down 30th November

It’s finally happening: Beats Music shuts down 30th November

There was, of course, a huge writing on the wall that clearly said "Apple Music". But remaining holdouts of the Beats brand who had hoped that Apple would continue running the service for a while longer will likely feel suddenly homeless. That is, unless they migrate to Apple's single home for music subscription. Starting November 30, Beats Music will cease to exist and paid subscriptions will be automatically closed. Existing users are encouraged to move over their picks and preferences to Apple Music while there's still time. 

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Apple Music is available on Android right now

Apple Music is available on Android right now

It's the day that Apple Music fans and Android users have been waiting for: Apple's new streaming music service is now available to download from the Google Play store. This is Apple's first major service to arrive on Android as an app, but the third overall, following the release of Move to iOS earlier this year, and the recent launch of the companion app for the Beats Pill+ speaker.

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Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple today released a new app on both iOS and Android for its new Beats Pill+ wireless speaker, which was announced earlier this month. As the first app from Apple to see a simultaneous cross-platform debut, the software is used to control and sync devices to the $230 speaker. With the app installed on their phone, users can not only control volume remotely, but also use two Beats Pill+ speakers at once in an enhanced stereo arrangement.

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Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Other than a few revamped headphone models, Beats hasn't really released a new product since its acquisition by Apple. That changes today, as Beats has just announced the Pill+, a wireless Bluetooth speaker that clearly has an Apple-influenced design, not to mention a Lightning port for charging. Featuring a slightly evolved pill shape, although with flatter top and bottom, the Pill+ replaces and is slightly bigger than the previous Pill speaker, but not as big as the discontinued Pill XL.

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Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple has just announced that it's rebranding its annual September iTunes Festival as the Apple Music Festival. The event will be held in London from September 19th to September 28th, making the festival significantly shorter than the typical 30 days of concerts its been in the past. However, new this year is the fact that the event will be streamed on Apple Music, in addition to coverage on Beats 1 Radio and performing artists' pages on Apple Music Connect.

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Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Apple Music has just activated a new feature for the Beats 1 radio portion of its service, letting users replay DJ-hosted shows that they might have missed when they were broadcast live. Called Beats 1: Replay, the recordings are found through Apple Music's Connect, the social network offering from the service. The recordings are unedited, and include the interviews and commentary along with the songs the hosts play, in a format much like a podcast.

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New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

While the big news in the music world on Monday was that prolific rapper Dr. Dre would be releasing his first album in 16 years, the follow-up information should come as no surprise: it will be exclusively available through Apple Music and the iTunes store. Titled Compton: A Soundtrack, the album will be released this Friday, August 7th. Dr. Dre made the announcement over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy.

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