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Apple buys music star Beats for $3.8b

Published on May 29, 2014 10:53 AM
 
Apple announced plans on Wednesday to buy Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a deal worth US$3 billion (S$3.8 billion) that gives the US tech giant more clout in the hotly contested music sector. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Apple, seeking to bolster its position in the hotly contested online music sector, said Wednesday it was buying Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a much-hyped deal worth US$3 billion (S$3.8 billion).

The move is expected to help the US tech giant, a pioneer in digital music with its wildly popular iTunes platform, ramp up its efforts to counter the successful models of streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and others.

The deal for the maker of high-end audio equipment and the subscription streaming music service is Apple's largest acquisition ever.

It calls for Beats co-founders Dr. Dre, a Grammy-winning hip-hop pioneer, and Jimmy Iovine, a veteran music executive, to join the California company.

 
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