This article is about the Apple music streaming service.
For musical beats, see Beat (disambiguation).
|Type of site||Internet radio, on-demand music|
|Area served||United States|
|URL||(archived on Wayback)|
|Launched||January 21, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-01-21)|
|Current status||Discontinued on November 30, 2015; replaced by Apple Music|
Beats Music was a subscription-based online music streaming service owned by the Beats Electronics division of Apple Inc. The service combined algorithm-based personalization with expert music suggestions from a variety of sources.
Development began in 2012 under the name "Daisy".
The service built upon Beats' consumer electronics line and its 2012 acquisition of the similar service MOG.
The service was launched in the United States on January 21, 2014.
Beats Music was acquired by Apple Inc. as part of its purchase of Beats Electronics in May 2014.
Beats Music stopped accepting new subscriptions when Apple Music launched on June 30, 2015.
Subscribers were moved to the new service.
Beats Music was completely discontinued on November 30, 2015.
On July 2, 2012, Beats announced it had acquired the online music service MOG, reportedly paying between $10 million and $16 million.
Beats officials said this the acquisition was part of the company's goal to develop a "truly end-to-end music experience."
The acquisition did not include the company's blog and advertising network, the MOG Music Network, which was sold in a separate transaction to the broadcasting company Townsquare Media in August 2012.
MOG initially indicated that it would continue to operate independently with no immediate change in service.
As opposed to its competitors such as Spotify, in Daisy the plan was to use "personalization" based on user listening habits in combination with expert music curators to suggest tracks.
The company initially announced a launch by late 2013.
The company had hired music industry members, radio personalities, and songwriters to serve as a music curation team for the service, led by former Clear Channel Communications executive and KIIS-FM music director Julie Pilat.
In August 2013, a landing page was discovered for Daisy under its final name, "Beats Music".
The service was officially unveiled in January 2014, for a launch in the United States on January 21.
While no financial details were disclosed, Beats did indicate that it would pay the labels at the same rates as the major labels.
On March 4, 2014, Beats Music acquired Topspin Media, a company which deals in the monetization of music and building relationships between musicians and their fans.
Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers had left Topspin to join the service.
Apple acquisition and shutdown
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had valued Beats Music at "slightly less than $500 million."
Following the purchase, Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers would oversee both Beats Music and Apple's ad-supported iTunes Radio service.
It was later reported by Business Insider that Apple was planning to merge the two services.
Apple had hired noted British radio DJ Zane Lowe to serve as a music curator.
It was also reported that, in negotiations with record labels for the new service, that Apple had been attempting to encourage record labels to pull their content from the free, ad-supported tiers of competing services such as Spotify in order to drive adoption of the new service, and offered an incentive to Universal Music Group to pull its content from YouTube.
Concurrently with the public launch of Apple Music, Beats Music was immediately discontinued; users could migrate their Beats Music subscriptions, including their account, saved playlists, and songs, to Apple Music.
Beats Music offered a library of over 20 million songs that could be streamed on-demand by users.
Users could download songs for offline playback, which remained accessible for the period of their subscription.
The service used a personalization system combining recommendations based on listening habits and algorithms with human curation and playlists from music professionals and publications such as Rolling Stone, Rap Radar, and Pitchfork.
Song searches prioritized the original, master recordings of songs over other versions (such as covers).
A feature known as "The Sentence" allowed users to generate playlists by filling four blanks in a sentence with words describing various activities, moods, and genres.
The basic subscription plan allowed access to the service on three devices for US$9.99 per month, or US$99.99 per year.
Sonos announced that Beats Music would also support its wireless speaker systems on launch.
A family plan with support for up to 5 people and 10 devices was also available for $14.99 per month, exclusive to family plan subscribers on AT&T Mobility.
AT&T subscribers were also able to access a longer free trial period.
- Jimmy Iovine – Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
- Dr. Dre – Co-founder
- Luke Wood – President
- Bozoma Saint John – Senior Vice President, Head of Global Marketing
- Trent Reznor – Chief Creative Officer
- Ian Rogers – Chief Executive Officer
- Matthew Costello – Chief Operating Officer
- David Rotenberg - Vice President of Finance
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beats Music.