Beats Electronics looks set to become part of Apple's vast electronics empire. A flurry of overnight reports were today corroborated by Dr. Dre in an impromptu video where he describes himself as "the first billionaire in hip hop." While the music mogul that co-founded Beats back in 2008 doesn't openly confirm his company has been acquired, his words suggest the rumored $3.2 billion deal is now all but completed. … [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
Under the shrewd eye of music mogul Jimmy Iovine, Beats has demonstrated a remarkable knack for being in the right place at the right time with celebrity deals while the entire world was watching. In 2008, Iovine turned a personal connection with LeBron James and his manager Mav Carter into international publicity when James distributed them to every member of the men’s basketball team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Just this January, Beats managed to inject its brand into a real-life controversy surrounding football star Richard Sherman, garnering priceless attention. One increasingly popular theory is that Apple is entirely after Iovine’s dealmaking prowess: both he and Dr. Dre will reportedly become Apple executives after all is said and done. … [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