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Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics gets the all clear from the EU

The EU has reached a decision on Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics, passing the deal through with the all clear. The $3 billion deal to purchase the Beats brand has been in the works for some time and will enable Apple to absorb not only the new (and fairly popular) music streaming service, but also an iconic family of premium headphones.

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Bose reportedly suing Beats over noise-canceling headphone technology

Looks like there might be a little bit of legal trouble for Beats and ultimately, Apple in the next little while. A new report coming out of CNBC and backed up by PriorSmart shows Bose has filed legal suit against Beats and is looking to assert five different patents against the organization. The patents in question revolve around noise-canceling technology used in Beats.

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President of Beats by Dre defends the quality of its premium headphones

The president of Beats by Dre, Luke Wood has defended the quality of branded headphones. Opinions have been voiced that the headphones are too heavy on bass, something Wood disagrees with. The Beats brand, while a popular source of headphones for consumers, has had its quality previously questioned with opinions shared that the headphones are not priced accordingly. This didn't halt Apple entering into a deal to purchase Beats Electronics for $3 billion.

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EU regulators to make decision on Apple's Beats acquisition by July 30

Regulators for the European Union are taking a look at Apple's deal to buy Beats Electronics, and will decide if the deal can go through by the end of July. The European Commission can accept the deal completely, accept it with concessions from Apple, reject it, or open a deeper investigation. If the deal is approved, Apple will acquire Beats for $3 billion.

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New World Cup Beats ad features Mac and iPhone

Though the dust has barely settled from Apple's acquisition of Beats, the latest ad posted promoting Dre's Solo2 headphones (which you can win here!) features iPhone and Mac hardware throughout. "The Game Before The Game" is a 5-minute video stars a bunch of famous footballers preparing for their big match, and of course they're using Beats headphones to get in the zone. Throughout there are shots of fans getting hyped up in their own ways. Though it's not specifically mentioned, the whole thing is alluding to the World Cup, which starts next week.

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Win a pair of Beats (by Apple) from iMore!!!

Leave up to THREE comments on this article for three chances to win your choice of Beats by Dre headphones!

With the news that Apple has acquired popular headphone maker Beats for a whopping $3 Billion, Beats by Dre is officially now a topic of substance on iMore! We even built a dedicated Everything You Need To Know About Beats page for it at imore.com/beats, so you can find everything related to Beats in one place. What's more, in honor of Apple's latest acquisition, we're giving one lucky iMore reader the chance to get their hands — or ears rather — on a set of Beats headphones. If you win, you get to pick the style and color!

To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is login to iMore and leave a comment for your chance to win.

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Watch Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine talks Beats, product pipelines, and more at Code Conference

Re/code has posted the video of Apple's senior vice president of services Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine's interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at Code Conference on Wednesday night. Cue and Iovine discussed Apple's recent acquisition of Beats, how Beats will fit in at Apple, and how excited Cue is for upcoming Apple products.

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iMore show 404: Beats by Apple, WWDC wish list

The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode Arnold Kim of MacRumors joins Rene and Peter to talk about Apple buying Beats, the rumored Made for iPhone (MFi) program for iOS in the home, and our WWDC wish-list! Go to backblaze.com/imore for a free 15-day trial!

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Apple paid over $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics, slightly less than $500 million for Beats Music

Details of the Apple acquisition of Beats are shedding a bit more light on where the value is coming from, indicating that the streaming music portion of the company is worth just shy of $500 million. That places the value of the Beats Electronics business at $2.5 billion, which in itself had nearly $1.5 billion in revenue in 2013.

Saying that the Beats streaming service is worth even $500 million is a bit ambitious, though, as it was revealed during the acquisition that it has only 250,000 subscribers, making each customer worth a whopping $2000. By contrast, Spotify has 10 million subscribers paying roughly the same $10 per month subscription fee and is valued at $4 billion — $400 per subscriber.

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Beats announces new and improved Solo2 headphones

Despite what you think about Beats Electronics, the company knows how to sell headphones. In 2013, nearly four Solos (a headphone model from Beats Electronics) sold every minute around the world. That's crazy for device, let alone headphones that cost about $170. Yesterday Apple announced their intent to acquire Beats Electronics and Beats Music for a whopping $3 billion. Today, Beats is announcing the Solo2 - the sequel to one of their most popular headphone models.

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