The writing has been on the wall for Beats Music ever since Apple bought the company and launched its own streaming service, Apple Music. The end is now coming: on November 25th, the not-quite-two-year-old service will end.
Here’s a ludicrous rumor we’re going to explore because the thought of Kanye West and Apple and Dr. Dre doing something together makes me want to throw a cartoonishly large old-time cash register off a building just to watch millions float away in the wind.
Apple’s long-rumored relaunch of the Beats music-streaming service is slated for June, and in preparation, the company is softening the beaches by playing hardball with record labels. And, not for the first time, federal trade commissioners aren’t particularly happy.
The Financial Times reports that Apple will bundle the Beats Music subscription service into a forthcoming version of iOS. Though it's not clear what form this bundling will take, it gels with some reports we've heard before, as well as with common sense.
TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to shut down Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired earlier this year. The blog's Josh Constine says that he's confirmed the news with five sources at both Apple and Beats. And to be honest, it makes sense.
After a year of hype, Beats Music is finally here, and if it has a definitive pitch, the company's frenetic, towheaded CEO Ian Rogers served it to me over blaring punk music in a Lower East Side bar last week. "I've got [legendary producer] Jimmy Iovine calling me on the weekend and saying, 'What the hell is this…