Rumor: Beats' Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre could take the stage at Apple's WWDC

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in General Discussion edited May 2014
When Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, it could use the keynote as an opportunity to formally introduce its two newest executives: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre of Beats Electronics.


Source: Beats Music


Details of the rumored plans come from people familiar with the Beats acquisition talks who spoke with Bloomberg. Those unnamed sources indicated that both Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and Iovine are expected to take executive roles at Apple, and with WWDC less than a month away, the keynote could be an ideal for the company to showcase its two newest recruits.

Word of Iovine and Dre's anticipated roles at the company first surfaced last week. With Monday's latest report lending more support to that rumor, it was said that Iovine may oversee Apple's music strategy and handle relationships with labels and publishers.

What kind of executive role Dre might occupy at Apple was not revealed. But the rapper-turned-entrepreneur has actually been a part of an Apple presentation before: 10 years ago, when he appeared in an iChat with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.



During that 2004 keynote, Jobs phoned Dre, who at the time was in the studio working on a new record. The rapper congratulated the CEO on the initial success of iTunes and the iPod.

Last week, Dre seemingly confirmed the $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats in a video posted online by singer and actor Tyrese Gibson, who appeared to be celebrating the news. Talks between Apple and Beats are said to be in the final stages.
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  • Reply 1 of 243
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,382member
    OK, bets ... it's the most watched WWDC ever!
  • Reply 2 of 243
    phone-ui-guyphone-ui-guy Posts: 1,019member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    OK, bets ... it's the most watched WWDC ever!

     

    I think every WWDC becomes the most watched ever.

  • Reply 3 of 243
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,175member

    I know I'll be watching! Its coming fast too!

  • Reply 4 of 243
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,226member

    Groan.... AI, I know you want/love/need clicks, but c'mon... another Beats story?!

  • Reply 5 of 243
    irelandireland Posts: 17,751member
    Rumour: Dr. Dre to replace Tim Cook as Apple CEO.
  • Reply 6 of 243
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post



    Rumour: Dr. Dre to replace Tim Cook as Apple CEO.

    and Eminem to replace Jony Ive as head of design.

  • Reply 7 of 243
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member

    ...or they may not!

  • Reply 8 of 243
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

     

    Groan.... AI, I know you want/love/need clicks, but c'mon... another Beats story?!


    Expect many more, because according to a Billboard article about this year's WWDC, they said that the deal is expected to take two months to close, and Apple may choose not to announce anything until everything is final.<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 9 of 243
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

     

    Groan.... AI, I know you want/love/need clicks, but c'mon... another Beats story?!


     

    They're going to Beats it to death.

  • Reply 10 of 243
    chandra69chandra69 Posts: 638member

    I am losing interest on WWDC.  What is happenning to the world?

  • Reply 11 of 243
    irelandireland Posts: 17,751member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     

    ...or they may not!


     

    And what's the bets they bring cans of Heineken on stage.

  • Reply 12 of 243
    irelandireland Posts: 17,751member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chandra69 View Post

     

    I am losing interest on WWDC.  What is happenning to the world?


     

    We'll see. WWDCs big focus is 10.10.

  • Reply 13 of 243
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,670member
    ireland wrote: »
    We'll see. WWDCs big focus is 10.10.

    That would also be a dumb move. Whatever they are doing for iOS 8 should be the main event.
  • Reply 14 of 243
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Let's hope this is just the rumor mill gone wild.
  • Reply 15 of 243
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    asdasd wrote: »
    That would also be a dumb move. Whatever they are doing for iOS 8 should be the main event.
    iOS got all the attention last year. OS X is reportedly getting a complete redesign this year, hence why it will get more attention.
  • Reply 16 of 243
    When Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, it could use the keynote as an opportunity to formally introduce its two newest executives: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre of Beats Electronics.

    Details of the rumored plans come from people familiar with the Beats acquisition talks who <a href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6084792/apple-wwdc-jimmy-iovine-dr-dre-executive-appointments-jobs">spoke with</a> <em>Bloomberg</em>. Those unnamed sources indicated that both Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and Iovine are expected to take executive roles at Apple, and with WWDC less than a month away, the keynote could be an ideal for the company to showcase its two newest recruits.

    If this happens as rumored, the stage and audience could be as filled with optimistic energy and excitement since Jobs was up there. None of the current crop Cs compare to Jobs for stage presence.
  • Reply 17 of 243
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member
    Imagine this, a bunch of non-musicians making money creating what they call music. Boy, this society is messed up. I'll watch DDWC, but I'll be cringing if they bring those two schmucks on stage and they actually start speaking.
  • Reply 18 of 243
    tomhayestomhayes Posts: 128member

    WWDC is a developer conference - I don't see what having them onstage, even at the consumer facing keynote,  would accomplish.

  • Reply 19 of 243
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,472member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chandra69 View Post

     

    I am losing interest on WWDC.  What is happenning to the world?


     

    This is all a smoke screen to cover for no new hardware product announcements. Introduce OS X 10.10, iOS 8, then the Dr. Dre dog and pony show. The end.

  • Reply 20 of 243
    I always thought beats was an overly hyped over priced fad - and wearing their headphones meant here's a sucker. But if apple wants their staff, I guess that makes sense, but why dilute your brand with a no name brand that's associated with zero value, all status? Many people think that of apple now, this would just confirm it for a lot of on the fencers.
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