Throughout its short history, the Beats brand has always been polarizing: its headphones are as often derided for their exaggerated bass and gaudy looks as they are appreciated by celebrity endorsers. LeBron James, Cesc Fàbregas, and Colin Kaepernick are just some of the myriad sports stars to have associated their names with Beats products, and artists like Pharrell, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj have also added to its notoriety. Here's our look at some of the most significant moments in the company's history so far. … [Read more...] about The epic visual history of Beats by Dre
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While Apple has dithered with music services, Spotify has expanded aggressively around the world. The Swedish company, which has raised more than $500 million, expanded from 17 to 32 markets last year. It remains unprofitable, and its long-term prospects remain unclear. But its notion of on-demand access to music for a low monthly fee has already converted tens of millions of paying subscribers. Apple may be looking for a fast way to offer its customers a similar service — and with more than 800 million credit cards already on file, it could rapidly eclipse all competitors. … [Read more...] about What Apple is really buying with Beats
Yet Beats is all about the brand, as headphone enthusiasts and streaming audio fans will gladly tell you. With its copious engineering resources, Apple could build better headphones itself. And while Apple might indeed want to pursue a streaming music service to compete with Spotify, there’s no indication yet that Beats Music might be able to help do so. As my colleague points out, the service appears to have acquired fewer than 200,000 followers so far, compared to Spotify’s millions, and Apple wouldn’t be able to transfer Beats’ music deals to a streaming service of its own. … [Read more...] about What if Apple bought Beats not for headphones, but wearables?
Like TikTok, the app launches you straight into watching a video the first time you open it. If you want to earn rewards, though, you have to sign up. And to sign up, you have to hand over some personal info to Zynn. There’s no option to create an account directly with Zynn — it has to be tied to some other service: Google, Facebook, Twitter, or your phone number. I tried to link my Google account, but Zynn wouldn’t let me proceed when I declined to share my contact information. I ended up signing up with a burner Google Voice number. This didn’t result in the app asking for access to my contacts, but Zynn now knows my (fake) phone number. The app also requested location access during the sign-up process, but it still allows you to proceed if you decline. To cash out your rewards, you have to link a PayPal account as well. … [Read more...] about A new TikTok clone hit the top of the App Store by paying users to watch videos