Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August: Billboard

Jimmy Iovine (right) joined Apple in 2014 after the company bought Beats Electronics, the audio technology firm co-founded by both Iovine and rapper Dr Dre.
Jimmy Iovine (right) joined Apple in 2014 after the company bought Beats Electronics, the audio technology firm co-founded by both Iovine and rapper Dr Dre. PHOTO: KEVIN MAZUR

BENGALURU (REUTERS) - Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is said to leave Apple Inc's music streaming service in August, the Billboard magazine reported on Thursday (Jan 4), citing sources.

Iovine is best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records, a rap music pioneer that branched out to include artists like Lady Gaga and U2.

Iovine's departure is likely timed to his Apple shares fully vesting, according to the report.

The former Interscope CEO joined Apple in 2014 after the iPhone maker bought Beats Electronics, the audio technology firm co-founded by influential hip-hop producer Dr Dre and Iovine, for US$3 billion (S$3.98 billion).

Apple declined to comment.

The company told Billboard in September it had 30 million Apple Music subscribers.