Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to Also Head Up iTunes Radio

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats was finalized today, and as the two companies merge into one, the positions some former Beats employees will take on at Apple are becoming clearer.

    According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Ian Rogers, who serves as the CEO of Beats Music, will take Apple's own iTunes Radio streaming music service under his wing, heading up both streaming music services. Rogers will likely report to Eddy Cue, the SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple, who oversees all of Apple's content stores.
    As previously reported, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (aka Dr. Dre) are also expected to take on senior roles at the company, and while it remains unclear exactly what the duo will do at Apple, Iovine may also become involved with iTunes, securing deals and marketing opportunities.

    Earlier today, Apple posted a message on its website welcoming the Beats team to the family, as Beats shut down its own online store. While many former Beats employees are transitioning to Cupertino or continuing to work in a Los Angeles office, approximately 200 employees in human resources, finance, and other areas where there was overlap with Apple have only been given temporary positions as the company tries to find new roles for them.

    Article Link: Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to Also Head Up iTunes Radio
  2. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Well... guess I'd better go download pandora... BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE GUYS WITH SUNBURNED EARS!
  3. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    And WHY does this look like a mug shot taken after a crazy night gone bad???
  4. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    That's good and all. Just dissolve the Beats brand... Destroy all their products & abuse their resources.
  5. pure-rockstar macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2014
  6. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    He looks like a soon-to-be-villain from a Batman cartoon.
  7. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Spotify ipad app is garbage and outdated, the iPhone app took a LONG time to get updated

    Beats being full integrated into iOS can only mean good things not just for Beats Music but also for Spotify to step its game up because it basically has no competition when it comes to the numbers so they enjoy being lazy
  8. trickness macrumors member

    May 13, 2012
    Talk about failing upwards. Topspin was one of the most overhyped, overpriced pieces of crap in the digital music space, and Beats Music has barely moved the needle either. But Ian's always been good at doing presentations and spinning ******** in a good natured way
  9. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
  10. Soni Sanjay macrumors 6502

    Soni Sanjay

    Dec 25, 2013
    Let's see what they can do. Competition is always good.
  11. Pair macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Hopefully this means iTunes Radio is closer being offered in the UK.
  12. keifer.street macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2013
    Spotify for iOS has been regularly and frequently updated on the iPhone and is one of the best music apps in terms of beauty, simplicity, and functionality. I agree that the iPad app could use some improvements but Spotify is the company to beat right now on terms of streaming. Their iPhone iOS app is one of the most highly rated apps on the Apps store - and for good reason.
  13. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    Spicing up iTunes is easy. There's a lot they can do there, starting with breaking up the monolithic desktop app into smaller ones to mirror iOS. They just need to replace Eddy Cue with someone who is a true music lover and product guy who can innovate; my understanding is that Eddy Cue is more of a maintenance guy. Maybe Iovine will be the answer.
  14. chrisbru macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2008
    Austin, TX
    While I mostly agree, I do have some issues with it freezing... Though that happens with a lot of apps on my 5S, even though it didn't on my 5.
  15. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2009
  16. pietrociao macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2013
    I agree! That means he's always on vacation and doesn't even wear Beats headphones (which are great for ear sunburn prevention)
  17. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    ...or something totally weird - like introducing iTunes Radio to the rest of the world? :D
  18. satchmo macrumors 68000

    Aug 6, 2008
    He looks like my neighbour's 16 year old son. ;)
    Man, that's a young looking CEO.
  19. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    He's young, he knows what's popular, he was in the leadership of a very successful/profitable music brand, and it can only mean good things to have him around.
  20. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    So it begins.

    Can't wait until we get full OS integration. Perhaps a Beats tab in the Music app. I don't want to have to manage 2 apps for my various music needs (downloads, streaming, radio) from the same company.
  21. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Don't download Pandora. Too doomed.
    Just buy the latest Daft Punk album on iTunes.
    No sunburned ears (that we can see anyway.)
  22. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    iTunes could be an optional installation on Macs just like Garage Band or Xcode. I really don't like receiving iTunes updates once a week while I open iTunes once a year by mistake.


    He probably was born when Winamp 2.0 was about to be launched.
  23. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Good. Now Apple needs to get someone to take over Eddy's Apple TV duties so we can finally get an updated ATV. Let Eddy run the back end stuff like iCloud. That seems to be more of his competency.
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    ProVideo macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Dre's running with a different crowd these days.

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