Apple to buy Beats?
We have seen reports suggesting that Apple is in talks to take over controlling shares of Beats Electronics for about $3.2 billion. The maker of the popular Beats headphones has, since 2011 and until recently, been under a 50.1 percent ownership by device manufacturer HTC. HTC enjoyed the relationship, pumping the beats (pun intended) on a handful of Beats powered Android smartphones. That trend came to an end before their latest flagship release, the HTC One (M8), which can now be found as a Harmon Kardon Edition.
This would not be the first music related company that Apple has purchased - remember Lala? - leading to fears that Beats as well may be dissolved into Apple's own music products and services.
Stay tuned for more on this. TechCrunch tells us that the deal should be finalized and announced next week, if it is, indeed, the real deal.
Google Play Music Sale
This is a limited time offer and appears to be going out to new users of Google's services. Certainly, my account that is all loaded up with tunes and linked to several devices did not get the invite, but I have confirmed that an Android user near me that is not actively using Play Music did get it. Did you get the invite?
Pandora Promo stations
Pandora has been around for a decade now, providing streaming music to the masses (US only, mostly.) In an intriguing move to gain some sponsorship dollars without having to increase advertisements and/or costs to end users, Pandora is launching Promotional Stations. Early beta promo stations included brands such as Kleenex, Sketchers, StubHub, Taco Bell and Toyota Motor Sales. The brands are given a station each, for which they individually choose the music and advertisements that play.
As of May 7th, Pandora will be pushing these promo stations out to just 10 percent of their 76 million active monthly users, with gradual rollout in the coming weeks. Head into your "Stations You Might Like" list to see if you have access to the promo stations. Pro-tip: The Kleenex station is supposedly going to play mostly country songs, look for it, or avoid it, your call.
There you have it, some big news and a couple somewhat niche apps that will have an effect on your eardrums. Get in there while things are free and deals are to be had.
Any users of these services take advantage of any of these apps or deals yet? What do you think the next stage in an Apple owned Beats looks like?