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Apple to buy Beats for $3 billion

Stephen Lawson | May 29, 2014
Apple confirmed its long-rumored acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, saying it will pay $3 billion for the companies.

Apple confirmed its long-rumored acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, saying it will pay $3 billion for the companies.

Beats Music operates a music streaming service and Beats Electronics makes headphones, speakers and audio software. Apple will pay $2.6 billion upfront and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

As part of the deal, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple.

Apple expects the deal to close in its fiscal fourth quarter.

 

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