Done Deal: Apple Buys Beats For $3B, Fires 200 People

Done Deal: Apple Buys Beats For $3B, Fires 200 People

And then two become one. Apple completed its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics Friday. But about 200 Beats employees are missing out on the celebration, you know, since their jobs are no longer viable. [More]

Bose Sues Beats Alleging Infringement Of Noise-Canceling Headphones

Bose Sues Beats Alleging Infringement Of Noise-Canceling Headphones

The last thing you want when flying early in the morning is to have what little sleep you can get on the plane interrupted by your fellow fliers’ noise. That experience is exactly what makes noise-canceling headphones so popular, and what’s subsequently prompting a bit of a war between Bose and Beats. [More]

‘Sound By Steve’ Is Basically The Same As ‘Beats By Dre,’ Right?

‘Sound By Steve’ Is Basically The Same As ‘Beats By Dre,’ Right?

Beats by Dre headphones look pretty cool, probably double as earmuffs, and even our audiophile friends over at Consumer Reports think they sound okay. Whether they’re worth the high price tag is up for debate, but most of our readers would probably say “nahh.” Fortunately, you can get that sleek Beats look on a budget. [More]

Beats Headphones Are Worth The Price, Depending On What You Want To Pay For

Beats Headphones Are Worth The Price, Depending On What You Want To Pay For

Do you want a set of nice headphones? Do you want a set of headphones endorsed by Dr. Dre? If the answer to both of those questions is “yes,” then perhaps Beats headphones are for you. The question, as it is with many luxury brands, is whether you want to spend $300 for a pair of headphones, and why. [More]

Dr. Dre Gets Beats Headphones On Olympians' Ears, Annoys Actual Sponsor Panasonic

Dr. Dre Gets Beats Headphones On Olympians' Ears, Annoys Actual Sponsor Panasonic

Pairs of Beats by Dre headphones have showed up on many of the coolest ears on the planet, because it’s good for the brand to put them there. Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have even had their own branded earbuds. (You might not think Bieber is cool, but his name does sell stuff to tween girls.) Getting the cans on to the heads of pro athletes is also key, which is why a wonderfully sneaky guerilla campaign began with the company slipping headphones to some highly visible Olympic athletes off-campus…despite Panasonic spending nine figures to be an official electronics sponsor of the Games. The International Olympic Committee is not thrilled with the good doctor. [More]