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BEATS MUSIC was a subscription-based online music streaming service owned by the Beats Electronics division of Apple Inc. First developed in 2012 under the name "Daisy", the service combined algorithm-based personalization with expert music suggestions from a variety of sources. The service built upon Beats' existing 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
Music
was acquired by Apple Inc. as part of its purchase of Beats Electronics in May 2014. Beats Music
Music
was discontinued concurrent with the launch of Apple Music on June 30, 2015. Subscriptions were migrated to the new service. Beats Music
Music
was completely discontinued on November 30, 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Apple acquisition and shutdown

* 2 Features * 3 Marketing * 4 Personnel * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

On July 2, 2012, Beats announced it had acquired the online music service MOG , in a purchase reported to have been between $10 million to $16 million. Beats stated 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
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.

A few months later in December 2012, the company hired Trent Reznor of the band Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
to serve as its Chief Creative Officer , and to help develop a new music service codenamed "Daisy". 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, 2014. In February 2014, Beats Music
Music
reached a licensing deal with the Merlin Network , a group representing a number of major independent record labels . 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
Music
acquired Topspin Media , a company which deals in the monetization of music and building relationships between musicians and their fans. Beats Music
Music
CEO Ian Rogers had left Topspin to join the service.

APPLE ACQUISITION AND SHUTDOWN

On May 28, 2014, Apple Inc. announced it was buying both Beats Electronics and Beats Music
Music
for US $3 billion in a cash and stock deal. The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had valued Beats Music
Music
at "slightly less than $500 million." Following the purchase, Beats Music
Music
CEO Ian Rogers would oversee both Beats Music
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 together. 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 . The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation into this alleged cartel in May 2015.

Apple Music was unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8, 2015, and launched on June 30, 2015. Concurrently with the public launch of Apple Music, Beats Music
Music
was immediately discontinued; users could migrate their Beats Music subscriptions, including their account, saved playlists, and songs, to Apple Music.

FEATURES

Beats Music
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
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. Along with a web-based interface, apps were available for Android , iOS , and Windows Phone . Sonos announced that Beats Music
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 -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ "Apple to Bury Beats Music
Music
on Nov. 30". Retrieved 2016-07-11. * ^ Mike Snider (2 July 2012). " Beats Electronics acquires MOG music service". USA Today. Retrieved 13 October 2012. * ^ A B Charlie Warzel (2 July 2012). " Beats Electronics Acquires Mog Rapper Dr. Dre\'s headphone makers scoop up digital streaming service". Adweek. Adweek. Retrieved 13 October 2012. * ^ Rhian Jones (24 August 2012). "Remaining half of Mog Music Network sells to Townsquare Media Group". MusicWeek. Intent Media. Retrieved 13 October 2012. * ^ A B C " Trent Reznor to launch streaming music service in partnership with Beats by Dre". The Verge. Retrieved 12 January 2014. * ^ A B "Beats Music
Music
Beefs Up Curation Team, Says Service Is \'Coming Soon\'". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 27 August 2013. * ^ "Trent Reznor\'s Beats-backed music service will launch in late 2013". The Verge. Retrieved 12 January 2014. * ^ A B C "Beats Music
Music
arrives January 21st, family plan exclusive to AT&T customers". The Verge. Retrieved 12 January 2014. * ^ "Beats Music
Music
Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 12 February 2014. * ^ "Beats Music
Music
Buys Topspin". Billboard. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

* ^ "Apple to Acquire Beats Music
Music
& Beats Electronics". Apple Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2014. * ^ "Apple Paying Less Than $500 Million for Beats Music
Music
Streaming Service". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 June 2014. * ^ "With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 March 2015. * ^ "What we\'re hearing about the new m