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Would iPhone sales increase if they came with Beats earbuds instead of Apple EarPods?

Would iPhone sales increase if they came with Beats earbuds instead of Apple EarPods?

  • Yes, it would boost iPhone / iPod sales

    Votes: 17 25.8%
  • Yes, it would boost iPhone / iPod sales very highly

    Votes: 1 1.5%
  • No, it wouldn't affect iPhone / iPod sales

    Votes: 40 60.6%
  • No, it would decrease iPhone / iPod sales

    Votes: 4 6.1%
  • I am not sure

    Votes: 4 6.1%

  • Total voters
    66

richwoodrocket

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Apr 7, 2014
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I HIGHLY doubt Apple would replace the EarPods with beats headphones. It would look like an oddball in the packaging unless they make them white, or Apple comes out with new earbuds that have beats technology inside or something like that.
 
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Cyborg21

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Original poster
Sep 2, 2013
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I HIGHLY doubt Apple would replace the EarPods with beats headphones. It would look like an oddball in the packaging unless they make them white, or Apple comes out with new earbuds that have beats technology inside or something like that.

Maybe fusing EarPods and Beats EarBuds would be a good idea :confused:
 
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Appl3FTW

macrumors 603
Nov 15, 2012
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Funny thing is that my coworker always infer that people who buy beats for the build quality and the look are the same "snob" people buying apple... And now they've merged. My guess is that apple will start selling headphones ala beats and, revamp the iTunes Store and more streaming option with the record industry this is where Dre and pa one will excel, and make iTunes compete with spotify and pandora. Overall good purchase IMO.
 
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jr866gooner

macrumors 68000
Aug 24, 2013
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As if the iPod earphones aren't expensive enough!! Now they will be priced similar to gold bars!!
 
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cube

Suspended
May 10, 2004
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ALL earbuds and open headphones should be forbidden in public transport.

(not in-ear or closed headphones)
 
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Arran

macrumors 601
Mar 7, 2008
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3,396
Atlanta, USA
I don't think this is about acquiring a headphone brand. More like a music brand.

And grabbing it quickly - before Google does.
 
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CTHarrryH

macrumors 68020
Jul 4, 2012
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Maybe iPod a bit but I doubt it would noticeably change iPhone sales - I think people buy iPhones for all features and not just for earbuds that they could buy anyway with the phone they wanted.
 
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barkomatic

macrumors 601
Aug 8, 2008
4,161
1,964
Manhattan
Yes, I think it would boost sales since clearly there are people paying big money for these headphones separately. If you get them for free with your iPhone purchase then I think that would encourage more people to pick up the iPhone.

I'd be surprised if Apple did that right away though. The separate headphone business is very successful. Maybe they will include a low end pair of beats headphones with the 6s.
 
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paleriderc2d

macrumors member
Mar 3, 2011
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There is a reason why Beats headphones were initially offered in red - Dr. Dre is/was a bloods member. Not sure if any money is filtering back to the home crew but it would not surprise me.

This is a truly tasteless acquisition by Apple.
 
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GoCubsGo

macrumors Nehalem
Feb 19, 2005
35,741
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To address the OP, no. I do not think the ear pods or ear buds have anything to do with iPhone sales. I don't think there will be a positive or negative effect.

There is a reason why Beats headphones were initially offered in red - Dr. Dre is/was a bloods member. Not sure if any money is filtering back to the home crew but it would not surprise me.

This is a truly tasteless acquisition by Apple.
Before you go spewing this information you should qualify your little claim with some references, even just one. I am not defending the guy but it is truly tasteless to make such a remark without qualifying it. Since we're on the subject of tasteless and all.
 
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Truefan31

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Aug 25, 2012
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There is a reason why Beats headphones were initially offered in red - Dr. Dre is/was a bloods member. Not sure if any money is filtering back to the home crew but it would not surprise me.

This is a truly tasteless acquisition by Apple.


You sound like a snob man. And a hater
 
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KUguardgrl13

macrumors 68020
May 16, 2013
2,492
123
Kansas, USA
I'd sell them for cash and buy myself a pair of EarPods. Or keep the ones I have now. Keep beats headphones separate from current Apple hardware!
 
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Truefan31

macrumors 68040
Aug 25, 2012
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Maybe beats Audio in the next iOS devices. Beats inspired earbuds as well. That and starting 32 gb would mean 100 extra starting price
 
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ApfelKuchen

macrumors 68040
Aug 28, 2012
3,874
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Between the coasts
There's a $70 spread between EarPods at retail and the least-expensive Beats in-ear headphones.

I don't see it as a way of increasing sales. If anything, if would dramatically devalue the Beats brand. The entire after-market headset industry is built on the notion that the included headset is crap. Going forward, will the stores simply give up on those very profitable sales? No, they're likely to diss the Beats that are included with the phone. As soon as they start implying that Beats is sub-standard, the after-market sales will skew heavily towards other brands.

Further, it's an expensive item to "give away," when only a fraction of purchasers will care. There will be those who buy Apple, no matter what. There will be those who will buy anything but Apple, no matter what. In between those, "better headsets" is just one of many features being used to distinguish between brands. How often is it likely that the headsets will be the factor that tips the balance? If it's more than 10%, I'd be astounded. That means, Apple expends $700 of value for the sake of one additional sale. That just doesn't add up. New software features are very cheap. Upgraded hardware isn't.
 
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Truefan31

macrumors 68040
Aug 25, 2012
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736
There's a $70 spread between EarPods at retail and the least-expensive Beats in-ear headphones.



I don't see it as a way of increasing sales. If anything, if would dramatically devalue the Beats brand. The entire after-market headset industry is built on the notion that the included headset is crap. Going forward, will the stores simply give up on those very profitable sales? No, they're likely to diss the Beats that are included with the phone. As soon as they start implying that Beats is sub-standard, the after-market sales will skew heavily towards other brands.



Further, it's an expensive item to "give away," when only a fraction of purchasers will care. There will be those who buy Apple, no matter what. There will be those who will buy anything but Apple, no matter what. In between those, "better headsets" is just one of many features being used to distinguish between brands. How often is it likely that the headsets will be the factor that tips the balance? If it's more than 10%, I'd be astounded. That means, Apple expends $700 of value for the sake of one additional sale. That just doesn't add up. New software features are very cheap. Upgraded hardware isn't.


It's only expensive to give away at retail value though. if Apple owns beats, includes beats inspired earbuds, and puts beats audio in phones, iPhone starting price could increase to 749 now. Hopefully with 32 gb starting memory too.
 
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PacificBeach

macrumors regular
Aug 20, 2011
241
0
There is a reason why Beats headphones were initially offered in red - Dr. Dre is/was a bloods member. Not sure if any money is filtering back to the home crew but it would not surprise me.

This is a truly tasteless acquisition by Apple.

Silly ignorant post! Dre was not a gang member. He grew up in a Crip(Blue) area of Compton California but was not a gang member
 
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ApfelKuchen

macrumors 68040
Aug 28, 2012
3,874
2,433
Between the coasts
It's only expensive to give away at retail value though. if Apple owns beats, includes beats inspired earbuds, and puts beats audio in phones, iPhone starting price could increase to 749 now. Hopefully with 32 gb starting memory too.

It's proportionally the same - I was quoting retail price of the phone, retail price of the headset. I could have dropped it down to wholesale cost of each, and assuming the profit margin is roughly the same on both items, it would still come down to 10:1 - give away ten to close one sale. That's just not good business.
 
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