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   The reason Beats' headphones; division can't mean much here is that, if they specifically sell that out to someone, all they have of value (and it's a lot) is the brand recognition and fan base.  No technology, no patents of any significance, no asset that gives the company a leg into the next big thing, which could happen if they buy something.  If there's anything else they turn out to have in there of value in marketing, distribution etc, Apple doesn't need it.  ...
   That's the Reality Distortion Field mastery and the in-need-of-personality-transplant attribute that goes with it that Jobs built Apple with, that they've been missing since.   
 It's a departure but it's for a different field than the hardware or software that they've done so well with, and that's content and to be where people go for that content, which is where they don't lead.  So it makes sense to be a different set of rules and strategies than they've previously shown.  I think Apple is looking at Beats in the same way they might be looking at Hulu or Netflix, for their portal, their established go-to place, except that Beats has the...
This has nothing to do with headphones.
 Iovine is this decade's master of the Reality Distortion field.  
Ha ha ha! Right you are. I get a quite a few quotes from that era misremembered. Wonder why? : )
Holy Redundancy Dept of Redundancy Batman. Now we have eight threads where everyone, including me, will be saying the same things.
  But here's the thing:  What we love about Apple and how wildly successful their successes are is clear.  But their music service(s) are not the Gorilla In The Room that we assumed a decade ago they'd be now.  In fact, quite the opposite.  From having two daughters (and jillions more at work) I'm around lots of young people and their music and iTunes is, regardless of what any numbers say, is not regarded as being cool and current.  Forget about how it compares...
Aside from this being zero about headphones, it's also probably barely about streaming or technology. Iovine is a magician on a level that Apple has no one to compare, though they used to. He's not only constantly ahead of the curve but he's been practically printing his own money for decades. Does Apple really need his product? No. Do they need him? Not as much as they want to prevent him from turning another company with deep pockets into the hot music go-to site. ...
No, Monster hasn't been involved in ages. They were squeezed out in a very ironic move a long time ago.One of Iovine's many amazing talents is that he sold Interscope for huge sums and then bought it back for a fraction years later several times. He's kind of a genius at making something with a value of x be accepted as worth either 10 times x or 1/10 x.PS: Chalk up those "reported" meetings in LA with corporate music industry during the Grammys as having happened.
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