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Humor: What the Apple acquisition of Beats really means

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Humor: What the Apple acquisition of Beats really means
Apple’s acquisition of Beats is generating a lot of buzz for every reason you can think of. While Beats’ paid subscriber count is certainly not what made this an attractive buy, its headphone unit makes money, and the fees Beats pays for streaming music rights are rock-bottom, making Beats, along with its music industry centric team, an attractive buy, even at $3 billion and change.

Like we reported last week, Apple plans to leverage Beats headphone design toward improving build and sound quality across the board. That is sure to benefit future ear-pod designs, whatever they may be.

Of course, the image of Beats will change with the Apple acquisition too, there is sure to be some type of culture clash. Over time, we think the team at Beats will find assimilation inevitable. Soon, what we know of Beats today will be on a memory, left in the shadow of what is to come. When it comes to Apple branded products after all, there is a certain expectation…

Humor: What the Apple acquisition of Beats really means

source: CommitStrip.com

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posted on 18 May 2014, 12:21 28

1. UglyFrank (Posts: 1921; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

So true

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:47 3

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Forget that humor, look at tim cook,

Tim Cook is a painter, I should call him to paint my property.

posted on 18 May 2014, 12:26 36

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

This is less of a humour and more of a truth.

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:16

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Hear hear!!!

posted on 18 May 2014, 12:30 2

3. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

so so true

posted on 18 May 2014, 12:36 7

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 24329; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

That's the best way, to make this new acquisition tank. I personally have no use for em, my LG Bluetooth works fine. I use em primarily for the gym. Good luck with beats Apple, but no thanks.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:24

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

right on....

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:40 1

23. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Nothing wrong with drumming to a different beat

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:11

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 24329; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Nope, you're right Mxy. I simply have no use for em, I'm not the headphone type. I hope they're successful though. +1

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:43 1

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I also using an LG stereo Bluetooth, HBS700 and HBS730. Personally I prefer HBS730 sound better, clearer, more details and 3D depth can be perceive.

My friend that like bass thinks that HBS700 is better for him.

posted on 18 May 2014, 12:47

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posted on 18 May 2014, 13:06 7

6. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

No, no. In the first picture the price tag should be $29, because that is how much they are actually worth.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:12 2

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

You mean $0,29

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:13 1

9. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

mmm...recommend me a headset that cost $29 but sounds like $299 beat headphone,where can i buy it?

best if you can forward a review site say exactly that

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:19 2

19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

You can buy pretty much anything and there is a very good chance it will cost less than Beats and work better than Beats.

Time Magazine ranks the headphones as the second to worst out of 18 brands that they reviewed in a recent article:


"Beats began to sell its sleek, bass-heavy headphones in 2008 as an alternative to the lightweight earbuds that Apple included free with its iPod players. And even at prices of up to $450 apiece, they quickly became fashion statements. The company’s headphones have fat profit margins. Headphone designers estimate the cost of making a fancy headset is as low as $14."


posted on 18 May 2014, 16:50

32. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

it rank low in $299 range headphone doesn't make it as bad as $29 craps,maybe on par with $100 bucks stuff

$14 bucks cost price? i let you have $20 ($6 bucks for your hard earn margin), try make me a headphone that has quality of that $450 dr.dre crap with the money would'cha? i'll buy a few more from you

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:26 1

22. vincelongman (Posts: 5042; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

The Beats headphones just regular headphones with their frequency response adjusted for more bass

Just go into your setting and boast your bass

Some good headphones according to audiophiles from head-fi:

posted on 18 May 2014, 15:07

26. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

Paying $299 for Beats is already over priced. I travel for work and decided to try them over my personal choice of Bose. I already IMEI2 but wanted noise canceling, Beats noise canceling and sound is well below Bose. I now have both QC15 and QC20 for my iPhone 5 and Note 3.

I will assume Apple bought them for streaming rights and using upgraded ear buds in iPhones and iPods.

posted on 18 May 2014, 16:08

29. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Koss Porta Pro's, your welcome.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:12 4

7. Sauce (unregistered)

Funny how when humor makes fun of Android, almost EVERYONE gets butt hurt and cries to momma and the PA authors..But when it's an Apple article, almost every is pro-article.

LOL and you android/WP herds call it iPhone Arena. LOLOLOL

Just making an observation :)

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:16 3

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 24329; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Correct observation, and we both know the usual suspects. No names, or PA will issue warnings. +1

posted on 18 May 2014, 16:27 3

30. ojdidit84 (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

From an objective perspective, we all know that some of the writers here at PA don't exactly do as much research as they should when it comes to ANY of the platforms on some of these articles that are written. This article definitely rings true to the nature of both companies here (although probably not to the extreme price jump shown after Apple acquisition).

Truth -
Beats are overpriced for the quality of headphones that they are compared to what they claim to be.

Apple marks the price of their products and add-ons well above what their competitors do.

i.e. Going from a 512GB SSD to 1TB SSD on a MBP is $500. Comparably, the same storage capacity jump on a Windows machine is only a ~$200 difference for an SSD.

That's always been the way the Apple has (over)priced their products and people have always made fun of their pricing scheme and the people who've paid the ridiculous overcharge for something that should only come at a fraction of the price.

Now of course on any article about the "insert platform here," there will always be the uber-fanboys that cry foul because something was misrepresented in an article or blown out of proportion or just plain wrong. Just as you guys came in crying fowl on something that's been known as a pretty common practice for Beats and Apple - overpricing.

Dark, you were pretty objective at one point. Now you're teetering back on the edge of fanboyism. I can has the Darkkjedii back that was posting last year?

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:18 1

33. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

misconceptual of overprice is going from stupid to absurbly moronic.

technically in capitalist country,market force won't let anything "overprice",because people has the choice to buy another "underprice" stuff.

Louis Vuitton bag cost 500 times more than china rip-off, they serve exactly the same function,did anybody calling LV overpriced?butthurt poor chaps who can't afford them as gift to their gf probably will complaint the loudest,but for those who can actually afford them,they probably doing the earning rather than singing here

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:33 3

34. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Luxury items will always skew capitalist principles because the items fall into the want category and not the need category. People will pay for the Vuitton bag prices because it's a want more than a need. People with disposable cash flows will often purchase want items more likely than need items. It also explains why the iPhone only dominates in the US and Japan. In countries where disposable cash flows are not as common, the iPhone sales are poor. Apple knows this and prices their products in the luxury side of things. Their consumer base believes they are buying the best money can purchase so they don't care, and some use their purchases as status symbols like the Vuitton bag.

This is not old news.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:55

38. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

i think u meant "this is not new news"

how people derive their value is highly subjective,you make it sounds like apple consumer base are all wrong in their value perception.galaxy phone and iphone has the same huge profit margin (but galaxy phone generally worth nothing in very short period of time),if you really into value u should buy nokia $20 bucks feature phones.

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:42

40. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Both the iPhone and the Galaxy phones are overpriced. As for the resale value, that is a risky reason to purchase a cell phone. Consumer choice could change tomorrow and the resale value some people count on could vaporize instantly.

There's also more value than just $20 feature phones. You sound offended by that. Get over it.

posted on 18 May 2014, 20:53

41. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

oh...onto the "overprice" issue again
read post 33,and just buy anything u feel is "underprice",good luck with it

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:25

42. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

And you think they aren't?

posted on 18 May 2014, 21:59

43. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

suggest me an "underpriced" alternative to the "overpriced" S5 or iphone 5s

and...i wonder why people say they are overpriced?because some fella do a tear down of the phone component and say it cost the manufacturer just pennies to built? can u buy all the components and built an iphone 5s out of few pennies yourself?

posted on 19 May 2014, 17:54

50. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Cyanogen's new phone, Moto X, Nexus 5, many of the Nokia phones. It's really not that difficult, you just have to put your bias aside and look with open eyes.

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