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Review: Beats Solo 2 On-Ear Headphones

My experience with Beats headphones was, in the past, limited to trying them out in stores where a dozen headphones were available to plug into your portable device. They were overly bassy, far from neutral, and the sound was such I didn’t spend much time with them. Following Apple’s acquisition of the company, Beats released […]

Philips Releases First Headphones that Only Work with iOS Devices

When Apple added the ability for headphones to connect to an iOS device’s lightning connector, they opened the door to stupidity. Now, Philips is the first company to embrace that stupidity with their Fidelio M2L headphones. According to the company, they: “deliver Fidelio’s signature sound in high resolution directly to your iOS device, without distortion […]

Let the Beats Go On: European Commission OKs Apple’s $3B purchase of Beats

“The European Commission issued a press release to say that the Apple-Beats deal cleared under the EU Merger Regulation legislation. The goal of the EU’s merger policies is to examine such deals and "prevent harmful effects on competition."

“Apple has confirmed it will buy Beats for $3 billion, making it the company’s largest acquisition ever. Beats is best known for its premium headphones, but also recently launched a subscription music streaming service that was the key to Apple’s interest.

“The commission said on Monday that although both Beats and Apple sell headphones in Europe, their combined market share is low and the two companies are not close competitors. The EU noted that headphones from Apple and Beats "differ markedly in functionality and design."

It was also said that major headphone competitors, such as Bose, Sennheiser and Sony, would remain in the marketplace after the Apple-Beats deal closes.”

via European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats.

It’s now up to US regulators to issue their approval, and it would be surprising if this didn’t happen soon.

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