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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:05 AM   #1
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Apple Close to Acquiring Radio Streaming Service Swell for $30 Million




Apple is close to acquiring talk radio curation service Swell for about $30 million, reports Re/code. Swell's iOS app launched last year and allows users to listen to streaming audio from iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN and others through a design that emphasizes simplicity.

As a part of the acquisition, Swell will shut down its iOS app this week as its CEO Ram Ramkumar and other members of its development team will join Apple. Apple will likely look to use Swell's technology to improve its own Podcasts app, which holds a 1.5 star rating and has been widely criticized for performance issues. Users of Podcasts also experienced an outage last month, as the app constantly crashed upon opening.

Swell's iOS app
Apple's purchase of Swell follows the acquisition of "Pandora for Books" startup BookLamp in April for a reported sum between $10 million and $15 million, as the company also acquired Beats Electronics this past May for $3 billion. It was revealed in the company's Q3 2014 results earnings call that it had acquired 29 companies since beginning of 2013, with 5 coming from beginning of March quarter, not including Beats.

Update 7/29 12 PM PT: Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Swell in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.

Article Link: Apple Close to Acquiring Radio Streaming Service Swell for $30 Million
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:06 AM   #2
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:07 AM   #3
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:07 AM   #4
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I find it strange that Apple can't design a decently operating podcasts app
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:09 AM   #5
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:17 AM   #6
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:25 AM   #7
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Тhis is good step. Apple can't do everything well, so acquiring good product always helps.

Hint: Garageband, iTunes, OS X
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 02:36 AM   #8
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Тhis is good step. Apple can't do everything well, so acquiring good product always helps.

Hint: Garageband, iTunes, OS X

OSX is decent enough, and iTunes works just fine. Its some of the other apps that are
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 03:05 AM   #10
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I find it strange that Apple can't design a decently operating podcasts app
I've heard (3rd hand) that their Apps team consist of very few people and is responsible for way too much. If that's the case they really should dedicate small teams to each individual app. They're certainly capable. Overcast will be hard to beat though.
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OSX is decent enough, and iTunes works just fine. Its some of the other apps that are
I think he meant that these were good acquisitions

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I find it strange that Apple can't design a decently operating podcasts app
Steve was vision so it's not very strange.

There are plenty of apps but Steve's would be unique and Steve would say,

"This is my music app. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My music app is my best friend. It is my life."
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I find it strange that Apple can't design a decently operating podcasts app
I use the podcast app very frequently across iPad/Phone/MBP and never have had a problem. What problem/s are you having?
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 03:44 AM   #14
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Haven't heard of an acquisition under a 100 mil. for a long time.
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Young owl slightly surprised a moment, his physique is very special? Does the mouth three elders soul incomplete, deficiencies, are false? In pandora ring fact, there has been no problem? Those old guys of the family, really did not ill-wishers. "That's what it taught me martial arts ah?" Rolled her eyes Young owl, the idea hit the pandora most important thing above. "If you want to become a qualified monks, they must need the support of the air, so, first practicing internal organs Heart!." "Strength exercises? Teacher, I have no internal organs Heart!"

Thought the pandora dog charm family replies, Young owl hearts can not help but sigh. "I have here, as my disciples, it still refuse to use those exercises?!" Heard, Zhou Shi Hao face flick, dumbfounding cursed.

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OSX is decent enough, and iTunes works just fine. Its some of the other apps that are
Garageband, iTunes and OS X all are acquisitions, and examples of good ones.
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Agreed - it makes them look desperate. Acquiring Beats was the biggest mistake Apple ever made, because even if it makes them money, it damaged their reputation among those customers who set trends.
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With so many, i reckon Apple doesn't have a clue what it's doing..

They're just randomly poking in the hope they will poke the right guy.

Maybe they should have done their homework better.

I don't mind going into things when I'm confident I'll get there, but having no idea...??

That's pretty stupid.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 06:18 AM   #19
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 06:30 AM   #20
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I find it strange that Apple can't design a decently operating podcasts app
Umm, they have one.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podc...ign-mpt=uo%3D4
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I for one was hoping that Apple would announce a stand alone app for their radio part of the music app and announce a streaming service at WWDC. Hopefully this is them getting things in order to do that. We'll see won't we.
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I use the podcast app very frequently across iPad/Phone/MBP and never have had a problem. What problem/s are you having?
I rec'd that comment, but an issue I have is that there are syncing issues. For instance, I mainly listen to podcasts via iPhone or iPad, but if I decide to listen to a podcast on the MacBook, I get the message that says something like:

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I think it should work better than that. For me syncing is the biggest issue
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$30 mil

With so many, i reckon Apple doesn't have a clue what it's doing..

They're just randomly poking in the hope they will poke the right guy.

Maybe they should have done their homework better.

I don't mind going into things when I'm confident I'll get there, but having no idea...??

That's pretty stupid.
Apple makes $4 million in profits per hour. So even if it was a total screw up (which I don't think it is), it would take them 7.5 hours to make it all back.
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