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I don't know about that.  I did a long boring job in a store location that sold them--the people working there let me try out various models, which compared with my usual Sonys just by going back and forth between the two.  Unimpressed.

 

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Those headphones are horrible -- bassy, unnatural, hyped... the opposite of what music should sound like. I'm disappointed that Apple would buy such a crappy company.

 

I don't deny that Beats is very successful and makes a lot of money. But if all Apple today is interested in doing is making money, then they should buy McDonald's and change it to "iBurger."

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Apple did not buy Beats just because of the headphones. It's the streaming music service they're after.

 

I know. But the products still suck. 

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/beats-headphones-quality-2014-5

 

http://time.com/74886/best-headphones/

 

http://lifehacker.com/are-beats-by-dre-headphones-any-good-1509805994

 

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2457849,00.asp

 

http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/29/apple-will-take-over-design-of-beats-headphones-but-what-about-the-mediocre-sound/

 

"It will be truly sad if the Beats acquisition signals the beginning of an Apple that markets products that look cool but don’t perform especially well and that have prices based mainly on the accumulated value of that Apple logo on the front."

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Apple did not buy Beats just because of the headphones. It's the streaming music service they're after.

Ya, that was my thought too. But then:

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http://online.wsj.com/articles/apple-paying-just-under-500-million-for-beats-music-streaming-service-1401403287

Apple Paying Less Than $500 Million for Beats Music Streaming Service

Company Paying More Than $2.5 Billion for Beats Electronics in $3 Billion Deal

Apple Inc. is paying slightly less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, and more than $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics in its $3 billion deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

The breakdown between the two portions of Beats Electronics LLC offers insight into Apple's thinking for the most expensive acquisition in its history.

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If you get blocked by the WSJ paywall, check this link for a gloss on the above article:

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/29/apple-beats-3b-payment-breakdown/

Is that WSJ story accurate? Could be... All I know is I don't want to own or use current Beats headphones for work or pleasure.

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They're paying $2billion for Jimmy Iovine.

 

Exactly. And Dr. Dre has the rep and cred. 

 

Since Apple has $170B in the bank, they could literally buy a major film studio, a network, a record label, and a cell company and still have money left over. I'm actually surprised they don't do that. 

 

Imagine if they bought two smaller cell companies like T-Mobile and Sprint, combined them together, then gave away the service with the purchase of an iPhone. I suspect that would shake up the market a bit.

 

Any of these things make far more sense to me than buying a bad-sounding headphone company. I'll say this, though: Iovine is a huge Apple fan and loves and uses the products. 

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trivia i enjoy: jimmy iovine worked on the gold record sent into space on voyager with carl sagan & ann druyan, which may very well be the longest preserved artifact of humankind.

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I've listened to the Beats headphones and nothing magic about them------but, what do I know I used to use Beyer DT48"s [back in the day] and my brains got squished out.

 

                                                                                                J.D.

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Exactly. And Dr. Dre has the rep and cred. 

 

Since Apple has $170B in the bank, they could literally buy a major film studio, a network, a record label, and a cell company and still have money left over. I'm actually surprised they don't do that. 

 

Imagine if they bought two smaller cell companies like T-Mobile and Sprint, combined them together, then gave away the service with the purchase of an iPhone. I suspect that would shake up the market a bit.

 

Any of these things make far more sense to me than buying a bad-sounding headphone company. I'll say this, though: Iovine is a huge Apple fan and loves and uses the products. 

Apple should take a page from Google.  Instead of believing that consumer items like headphones, laptops iPads and iphones will save the world somehow they should actually invest in the sort of blue-sky water, power and transportation technologies that might actually make a difference.   Who cares who owns a company that makes mediocre overpriced headphones? 

 

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Apple should take a page from Google.  Instead of believing that consumer items like headphones, laptops iPads and iphones will save the world somehow they should actually invest in the sort of blue-sky water, power and transportation technologies that might actually make a difference.   Who cares who owns a company that makes mediocre overpriced headphones? 

 

Amen to that. $170B could absolutely change the world in profound ways. Hell, donate $1B to TheWaterProject.org, a charity devoted to the simple idea of getting everybody in the world clean water, which would eliminate about 1/3 of the diseases in 3rd-world countries. 

 

Bad headphones don't help anybody. Even worse, it promotes bad sound. I'm bummed-out about the whole thing.

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OTOH the headphones which Apple is selling with their iPhone now are even worse. And I would generally consider in-ear phones worse for your ears health-wise (there are some exceptions of course), so this could also be a step in the right direction

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