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Apple Tells up to 200 Beats Employees to Beat It (UPDATE: Okay, you've got three months)

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UPDATE: It might be because of the bad press, or a change of mind, or misreading tea leaves, but Apple wants folks to know that just about everyone at Beats is being offered a spot at Apple.  BUT, there are no guarantees after 3 months.  So the original report, that some are being asked to stick around only until January 2015 still holds true, but Apple wants you to see it differently.  So 500 Beats employees will become Apple employees... but many for just three months.

You would think a company as large as Apple could acquire a business of about 500 people for $3 billion and manage to find jobs for all of them, but alas, it isn't so. 9to5mac is reporting that as many as 200 of the employees from Beats have been let go or are being asked to stick around only until January 2015.



Evaluating iTunes' Impact on the Music Industry

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When it was first introduced, iTunes seemed to be the most logical answer to the heated controversy caused by widespread online illegal music downloads. According to NPD estimates, iTunes is currently responsible for 63 percent of all digital music sales, and is undeniably the United States' top music retailer.



Better Headphones than Beats for Less

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When Apple paid $3 billion for Beats by Dr Dre, a lot of analysts think Apple overpaid. But that doesn't mean you have to. Sure, Beats headphones will set you back $200 and if you want wireless Bluetooth headphones with the Beats logo, expect to pay $300 to $350. But there are alternatives.



Apple News: iTunes Festival, London Edition

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Not all the Apple news is about sapphire screens and the pending iPhone 6. Apple is promoting their latest iTunes Festival, and this time it's based on London. You can win tickets to attend, or for the rest of us, stream the content using an iOS device, including Apple TV.



iKlip Xpand and iRig Voice Review Roundup

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IK Multimedia is a company whose products I have been reviewing for several years, and they continue to impress me with their prodigious release of new hardware and software. Their latest batch consists of substantial revisions to their popular iKlip and iMic product lines. This review roundup takes a look at these to see if they are worthy of your purchase consideration.



SMS and 50 Cent get Sporty, with Help from Carmelo Anthony

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With Beats becoming part of Apple, there's room for an independent high-end headphone vendor and SMS wants to earn that spot.  I've reviewed their Star Wars licensed line by 50 Cent and been impressed. Now they are pivoting (pun intended) in another direction, namely athletic earbuds and on-ear headphones, with help from NBA star Carmelo Anthony.



Apple News: Beats Music gets some Amazonian Competition

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The dust hasn't even settled on Apple's mega-acquisition of Beats by Dre and Beats Music. The subscription service has been regarded as a better interface than iTunes Radio, Apple's internally developed answer to Pandora and Spotify. Now, Amazon wants to get into the act.  Not satisfied selling music, books and movies, they now offer a streaming service called Prime Music. The service has over one million songs, including popular Grammy winners, so this is not a rehash of your father's old playlist.



Apple News: Apple Keeps the Party Going

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With the addition of Beats and Dr. Dre, Apple continues to push the idea that they know how to party. Music and musicians have always been a part of Apple, going back to Steve Jobs' love of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. It was a major dream come true for him to have them finally on iTunes, and featured in a number of Apple commercials. Jobs wasn't the only "Apple Steve" who was into music. Steve Wozniak started the unprofitable (by design) but impressive US Festival in 1982 and 1983, like Woodstock with (slightly) fewer drugs.



StompBox Band - Dual Effect Rack for iPad Released Today

StompBox Band - Dual Effect Rack for iPad Released Today

StompBox Band, turn your iPad into Two Guitar Effect Racks. Great for bands or soloists who want a dual effect rack. Bought to you by 4Pocketsaudio.com the developers who bought you StompBox and Meteor Multi-Track DAW for the iPad

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stompbox-band/id845046209?mt=8&ign-mpt=u...

StompBox Band provides the flexibility to have two effect racks running at the same time combined with the ability to utilize audio interfaces with multiple inputs and outputs.


What We Can Expect Now That the Beats Acquisition is Official

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The worst-kept secret in Apple's recent history (post iPhone 4 leak) has been the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Beats by Dre. It finally was announced, yesterday, just days before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. This gave the newest Apple employees, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, a chance to participate in the Re/code conference. Iovine spoke with his new boss, Apple's Eddy Cue, on a range of topics.



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