What we’re expecting from Apple’s September 7 event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2016

Apple is hosting a special media event on September 7 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 10am PT. As always, we’ll be covering the latest in Apple’s big fall refresh thoroughly here at iDB. Of course, the iPhone 7 will be the event’s biggest story, but we’re also hoping to see other hardware refreshes, accessories and related products come into full view next Wednesday.

Here’s everything we think Apple could introduce come September 7, plus some of the things we’d like them to announce but they probably won’t (yet). Read More

 

New Beats products to be unveiled at iPhone event next week

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Beats emailed French media earlier this morning to inform them that “a selection of new Beats by Dre products will be unveiled” at the iPhone 7 event on September 7. However, it would seem that Beats’ public relations department sent the email prematurely as at least one French outlet, iGen.fr, was contacted by Beats PR and asked to take down the screenshot from the email, which they did. Read More

 

Take 39% off these Beats Pro Lil Wayne on-ear headphones

By iDB Deals on Jul 21, 2016

The Beats brand is the one audio company whose name you know on sight. The world-renowned Beats By Dr. Dre headphones look as good as they sound, offering premium high-definition sound with clear highs and deep lows, not to mention nearly indestructible steel framing to match a smoothly comfortable fit. Now you can pick up your own set of Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones at a fantastic 39% discount! Read More

 

Beats 1 hosts are permitted to play whatever they want, DJ Zane Lowe reveals

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

In an interview yesterday with Vice’s music channel Noisey, Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe said that Apple permits Beats 1 hosts to play whatever they want in their designated slot.

Apple’s official policy, Lowe said, doesn’t call for any restrictions pertaining to shows by Beats 1 hosts such as Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Major Lazer, and other hip-hop artists who have regular shows on the service.

A native of New Zealand’s Auckland, Lowe revealed how Apple executive and former Beats 1 founder Jimmy Iovine gave him an important career advice, talked life in Los Angeles, having his own show on Beats 1 and more. Read More

 

Beats 1 to debut new show by artist ‘deadmau5’

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Apple yesterday announced via the official Beats 1 Twitter handle that the service will debut a new show by Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the popular music producer and performer also known under his stage name ‘deadmau5’.

The upcoming show is named “Mau5trap Presents” and is scheduled to debut on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station this coming Friday, March 18, at 3pm PST / 6pm ET. Read More

 

Back to School promo goes live in New Zealand and Australia with free Beats Solo2 headphones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion is back with a new deal launching today in Australia and New Zealand. University students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student are being tempted with a free Beats Solo2 on-ear headphones, a $199.95 value, with an eligible Mac purchase.

When purchasing a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or iMac with Retina 5K display, customers shall receive an instant credit for the purchase of a pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red or Gloss Blue or wired Beats Solo2 headphones in Space Gray, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold. Read More

 

Apple is reportedly building wireless earphones that will fit inside your ear and come with charging case

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is reportedly building brand new, completely wireless earphones that will fit inside of a user’s ear, along with a charging case, as per 9to5Mac.

The in-house designed hardware is similar in concept to the Motorola Hint headset and Bragi’s new Dash and said to include a noise-cancelling microphone system. The accessory will be “a premium alternative” to a Lightning-enabled version of the EarPods headset that’s also in the works (EarPods are the wired in-ear headphones that came with your  iPhone).

Three days ago, Japanese blog Macotakara first reported on Apple’s plans to bundle the iPhone 7 with a wireless headset. The following day, Fast Company said Apple is working with a supplier on a new noise-canceling technology to be used both in the iPhone 7 and the new earphones to help remove background noise in music playback and in phone calls. Read More

 

Apple files trademark applications for Beats 2, 3, 4 and 5 radio stations

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

Apple’s streaming music deals include permissions for additional Beats stations and now it’s come to light that the Cupertino firm back in November filed trademark applications for Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4 and Beats 5 stations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

As first reported by the French blog Consomac, all four trademark applications are assigned to “Beats Electronics, LLC” and the word marks look just like the existing logo for the Beats 1 radio station. Read More

 

Apple’s recently released Beats Pill+ Wireless Speaker on sale at Best Buy for nearly $100 off

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2015

When it comes to deals, Best Buy is far and away the spot that you want to be this winter. I’m never one to get caught up in so-called deals, and generally find them to be a bit underwhelming, but there’s no denying that you can rack up some significant savings by shopping for Apple Products at Best Buy this year.

One of the latest examples of the insane savings that can be had at Best Buy is with Apple’s recently released Beats Pill+ speakers. These speakers retail for $229.95, but you can score one today for $92 off at only $137.99. That’s a huge savings, especially for an Apple product that was just released. Read More

 

iDB Deals site-wide discount: save an additional 15% on all items

By iDB Deals on Nov 27, 2015

Black Friday is here, but that doesn’t mean you need to bear the lines and hordes of shoppers elbowing each other out of a good deal. Instead, check out some of these top Black Friday tech gifts available on iDB Deals – today only, use code BLACKFRIDAY and save an additional 15 percent on any item, sitewide.

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How to pair Bluetooth headphones with the Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2015

One of the great things about the new Apple TV is that you can pair Bluetooth headphones for wireless audio. This is especially nice for those times when you wish to watch a game or play a movie, but don’t want to disturb others in your household.

With the new Apple TV, Apple has made it easy to quickly connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones, such as its own PowerBeats 2 earbuds… Read More

 

Apple launches new app on iOS and Android for controlling its Beats Pill+ speaker

By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2015

Apple on Thursday released a new application for Android and iOS called Beats Pill+. As the name suggests, the app allows device users to manage and control their Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker, which was announced earlier this month.

In the description, Apple says the Beats Pill+ app “puts you and your friends at the center of your music like never before.” You can use it to easily pair your device with your Pill+ speaker, rename it for fast identification and much more.

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Beats announces light Pill+ wireless speaker, available in November

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2015

Apple-owned Beats by Dr. Dre today announced its very first wireless speaker since joining the Cupertino firm in May 2014 deal valued at more than $3 billion.

The new Pill+ is Bluetooth-enabled, lighter than its predecessor and comes with a twelve-hour battery that can be used to charge your devices through the USB and USB-C ports found on the back.

The Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Pill speaker and uses the stereo active 2-way crossover system to create an optimized sound field. Read More

 

Great deal: get 50% off iBeats By Dre In-Ear Headphones

By iDB Deals on Sep 26, 2015

Leave it to Beats By Dre to come up with an in-ear headphone system that finally stays put whether you’re running, doing jumping jacks or any other physical activity. iBeats By Dre In-Ear Headphones are specially crafted to provide the highest quality sound with maximum comfort, as well as the iconic style that made Beats a household name. At a full 50% off, you won’t find a better bang for your buck – get them now for $49.

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Beats 1 director Ian Rogers unexpectedly resigns from Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Ian Rogers, former Beats Music CEO and Apple Music’s Senior Director, has unexpectedly left Apple less than two months following the launch of Apple’s music-streaming service, according to The Financial Times newspaper on Friday.

The executive is credited with crafting Beats 1 Radio, Apple’s free of charge 24/7 Internet radio available in more than a hundred countries, and shaping its playlists. He was also instrumental in hiring away Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe from his post at BBC Radio 1. Read More

 

Apple and Dr. Dre address the rapper’s contentious past

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2015

Apple and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre released statements on Friday regarding the rapper’s contentious past. With the recent opening of the film “Straight Outta Compton,” which tells the origin story of Dre’s hip-hop group N.W.A., several questions have arisen regarding abuse allegations from the 1990’s.

During the decade, Dr. Dre was accused of assaulting several women, including his girlfriend at the time and former television host Denise “Dee” Barnes. Since its debut, members of the media have been questioning why the events were missing from the Compton film, and today, Dre commented on the matter. Read More

 

Apple’s Beats Solo2 back to school promotion now available online

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 6, 2015

Back on July 23rd, Apple began its annual back to school promotion. The promotion went like this: buy a Mac, and get a pair of Beats Solo2 Headphones on the house.

Up until now, the only place to take advantage of this promotion was at US Apple retail stores and participating Apple Authorized Campus Stores. From now until the end of the promotion, however, customers can take advantage of the savings via Apple’s just redesigned online store. Read More

 

Apple Back to School Promotion: buy a Mac, get a free pair of Beats Solo2 Headphones

By Sébastien Page on Jul 23, 2015

Apple today launched its Back to School Promotion, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 Headphones for the purchase of a qualifying Mac. Starting July 23, and going through September 18, 2015, this promotion is available at US Apple retail stores and participating Apple Authorized Campus Stores. Read More

 

Find out if Apple Music, Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 and iTunes Match are available in your country

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Apple’s new music package, available across 115 countries around the world, packs in Apple Music Radio, Beats 1 Radio, iTunes Match and Apple Music on-demand streaming. But not all of these services are available in each and every country.

For example, people in Romania can only enjoy iTunes Match. Beats 1 Radio is currently off-limits in nearly two dozen countries. In addition, eight countries currently lack access to Apple Music, Apple Music Radio and Beats 1 Radio.

This article helps you find out in which countries you can join Apple Music, listen to Apple Music Radio (formerly iTunes Radio) and Beats 1 Radio or subscribe to iTunes Match. Read More

 

Beats 1, Apple’s new global Internet radio, starts broadcasting with DJ Zane Lowe

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2015

Beats 1, Apple’s 24/7 radio station, has just started broadcasting live in over a hundred countries around the world following the release of iOS 8.4 with a much improved and revamped Music app with Beats 1 and Apple Music integration.

Available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 8.4 (and soon on Mac and Windows PCs with an impending iTunes update), Beats 1 is hosted by former BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe in Los Angeles, with additional actors Ebro Darden in New York and Julie Adenoma in London. Read More

 
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