Apple expected to give pink slips to 200 at Beats
posted by Alan F. / Jul 31, 2014, 9:30 AM
As part of the transaction, Apple acquired Beats Music, a service that streams tunes, and also picked up Beats' line of high-end headphones. Neither Apple nor Beats would comment on the story. The layoffs would represent 40% of Beats global workforce.
Some Beats employees in the creative and development area will be offered jobs with Apple in Cupertino. The latter plans on keeping Beats' offices in Santa Monica, while Beats Music will continue to be based in Southern California. The deal is expected to close on August 1st.
source: 9tio5Mac via Bloomberg
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Just one more thing, we'll sue you if you speak bad of us for this.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 9:36 AM 3
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I didn't know they have a patent for that :)
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 9:56 AM 0
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Normal part of any acquisition yet Microsoft is evil
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 9:42 AM 2
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You are comparing Nokia to Beats Audio...
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 9:46 AM 2
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An acquisition is an acquisition, whether its Nokia or Beats Audio. Even Google fired a few employees when they bought over Motorola. There shouldn't be any big hoohah created by people when some employees are given the pink slip after a big acquisition, well, that unless you're one of those who did get fired. Its a normal part of any business.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 10:01 AM 2
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Well 18,000 layoff is absolutely massive, the biggest Microsoft has ever had. A large portion of that are Nokia employees. Microsoft also allegedly guaranteed to not lay anyone off from Nokia for a specified time frame. I say "allegedly" because I've only read that but unable to confirm it. I guess when it comes down to it, it's just easy to hate on Microsoft because it was the popular thing to do in the 90's, "M$ =Evil". Back then they were found guilty of an illegal monopoly and were ordered to split into two separate businesses, but they just gave the judicial branch of the government the middle finger and kept doing what they were doing and no one did anything about it. I love Google, but I wouldn't be shocked if they end up having to split up into various companies in the next 5 to 10 years.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 10:27 AM 1
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Maybe, maybe not, the public only see so much of what's going on in a company such as Google. I would like to think they're simply on top due to superior product design and not for forcing others out of various markets.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 10:44 AM 0
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They fired the 200 engineers, either because they sucked or really, who needs them when beats has suck crappy sound and still sells a crap load?
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 11:13 AM 0
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This is a real ignorant statement. Yes I'm sure performance plays a role in who stays and who doesn't but the real reason is strictly business and all tied to the natural process of an acquisition. It just doesn't make sense to duplicate effort s. Companies buy companies for expanding the business and obtaining the product portfolio, not employees. Key employees will be kept; however you don't need to fill a role which is already filled in that current organization.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 11:55 AM 0
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Well at least Bam-Bam can extend their iUnemployment benefits. Cheer up former Beats workers aka 'now you'll live a long life and prosper without the risk of suiCiDe': Apple has done you a HUGE favor!
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:06 PM 0
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