This week’s episode focusses on what happens when albums leak, juggling more than one job to make your dreams become reality, and the undiscussed plus sides of the Beats by Apple deal.
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Apple has officially acquired Beats for $3 billion, a price tag $200 million smaller than the original rumors suggested. The deal includes both the hardware and software sides of the company. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will also be joining the company. Read a press release below after the jump.
TechCrunch is reporting, via sources, that the Apple/Beats deal will still be happening, even though it hasn’t been announced yet. Many are assuming the deal won’t be announced until at least WWDC in two weeks. Read a report from TC below after the jump.
Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
A good question was raised. We go to Warped Tour for all the bands we know about and love, and then maybe some we’re hoping to check out. A good example this year would be that a fan is really excited to watch Four Year Strong, and has heard about State Champs and will watch them live for the first time.
But what about all of the other bands on the lineup that most festival goers have never heard of? Not that metalcore band you don’t like, or that pop rock band you grew out of three years ago, but what about the rest?
Most “evidence” of late has shown that Tom perhaps isn’t wanting to be in blink-182, or that his attention is too much on Angels & Airwaves and not enough on blink. Atom Willard, former drummer of AVA, recently stated however that the band took a big shift following DeLonge’s rejoining of the band.
Dr. Dre seemed to confirm the news by screaming into a drunk video that he is the first ever rapper to become a billionaire.
5 Seconds Of Summer, despite what their band members say, is a boy band. Look at their Twitter background photo. They are a boy band. They spent most of last year touring with One Direction and releasing pop songs like the very, very stupid song “She Looks So Perfect,” which seems to be the single behind much of their rapidly growing pubescent fanbase. The track has guitars, like Crane says, and wow! it has guitars!, but it also has the line “You look so perfect standing there / In my American Apparel underwear,” in the fucking chorus. Does that count as product placement? - Thomas Nassiff
To be honest though, I’m much more proud of being nominated for the work my friends and I have done, which is why I’m really excited that we’re being recognized for our single as well. We worked very hard on “The Best Thing (That Never Happened) and I lost my breath when I found out our fans in the UK felt it was worth winning an award. THAT means everything to me, thank you so much for believing in us and for the nominations, you should feel as proud as we do because you’re ALL a part of what WATIC and I accomplish. - Tay Jardine
Will they sign or will they stay independent?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine would become executives at Apple if a deal with Beats is made. Check out the report below after the jump.
Re/code ran an article following the Apple/Beats speculation called Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later that looks at the two different aspects of why Apple might be acquiring the company. The upfront reason may be the hardware, but the longterm reason would very likely be for services. Check out a portion of the article below after the jump.
Apple Reportedly Near Deal To Acquire Beats
The Financial Times are reporting that Apple is nearing a $3.2 billion deal to acquire Beats Music. The service launched just earlier this year, but has faced tough challenges in subscriptions so far, which was spoken about earlier this week on Off The Record. You can read a report from 9to5Mac below after the jump.
Off The Record: A Ripoff Of A Taking Back Sunday Song
Apple has a new ad called Gigantic that features the crowdsourcing of The Pixies’ “Gigantic.” The ad is make to show the diversity within use of the iPhone 5S. Watch the video below after the jump.
9to5Mac are reporting that Adam Young of Owl City created some, or all, of the new sounds and ringtones found on Apple’s iOS 7. Young added the work to his discography page, but it has since been removed most likely due to Apple demanding a lack of credit be taken. Check out the report below after the jump.
Pandora and Slacker have both released statements in response to Apple’s unveiling of iTunes Radio. You can read both statements below after the jump.