Beats archive

  • Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?
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    Beats Music hands-on: Will design and personal touch make it music streaming king?

    By 23 January 2014

    The music streaming space is already crowded, with Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Google Play Music, Last.FM and others having already edged out their place on customers' credit card statements and home screens. Now there's a new player in town,...

  • Beats Music is now streaming in the US, watch out Spotify this one understands sentences
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    Beats Music is now streaming in the US, watch out Spotify this one understands sentences

    By 21 January 2014

    Music streaming services are cropping up quite often now but it's a tough market out there. Beats Music is the latest from the headphone-maker looking to offer a helpful tool for selection: emotion. Beats Music, an app-first platform, is based around...

  • Beats Music set to launch next month in US - but grab your username now
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    Beats Music set to launch next month in US - but grab your username now

    By 4 December 2013

    Beats Music is real...and it's ready to kick off in the US starting next month, according to CEO Ian Rogers. The executive revealed on his personal blog that Beats Music is currently in an internal private beta, gathering feedback from artists and "personal...

  • Best headphones 2013: The best on-ear and over-ear headphones available to buy today
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    Best headphones 2013: The best on-ear and over-ear headphones available to buy today

    By 4 December 2013

    Headphones are big business. Browsing an electronics store this Christmas for a new pair of over-ear or on-ear headphones can yield a host of different results because so many manufacturers are now producing them. As electronics companies look to capitalise...

  • Beats Music streaming service will launch before 2014, bringing curated playlists
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    Beats Music streaming service will launch before 2014, bringing curated playlists

    By 7 October 2013

    Beats, the company behind the widely popular Dr. Dre headphone line, has plans to launch a music streaming service to compete against Spotify, Pandora, and others. Luke Wood, president and COO of Beats, told The Next Web that Beats Music will be launched...

  • Beats Electronics buys back remaining HTC stake for $265m, new investors confirmed
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    Beats Electronics buys back remaining HTC stake for $265m, new investors confirmed

    By 27 September 2013

    HTC has announced it is selling its remaining stake in Beats back to Beats Electronics, meaning that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer will no longer own any of the audio company. HTC invested in Beats, adding Beats Audio branding to a run of handsets...

  • Beats Music reportedly heavily relying on curated playlists from musicians
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    Beats Music reportedly heavily relying on curated playlists from musicians

    By 21 August 2013

    Beats Music is an upcoming streaming music service that hopes to take on Spotify, iTunes Radio and others. Born out of the Beats Electronics company - which makes Beats by Dr. Dre headphones - the service will have 20 million tracks with which it hopes...

  • Beats By Dre reported to be moving away from HTC
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    Beats By Dre reported to be moving away from HTC

    By 19 August 2013

    Beats By Dre could be planning to buy out its partner HTC, which currently has a 25 per cent stake of the audio brand. Is this the start of the end for their relationship, which has seen Beats-branded smartphones released over the past few years? It feels...

  • A week in reviews: 5 - 9 August
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    A week in reviews: 5 - 9 August

    By 10 August 2013

    This week we've been banging out the tunes via Beats' latest Studio headphones while taking a look at some top-spec camera kit. But it's also the week that we bring you the verdict on the Motorola Moto X. The all-American and, indeed, America-only smartphone...

  • Beats Studio (2013) review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Beats Studio (2013) review

    By 7 August 2013

    "The original remastered," reads the interior of the Beats Studio (2013) headphones box. That's the sort of statement that might put fear into the hearts (and ears) of fans of The Beatles - just take a look at the waveforms after each album remaster -...

  • Beats working out deal with AT&T to launch Daisy music service?
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    Beats working out deal with AT&T to launch Daisy music service?

    By 8 July 2013

    Beats Audio plans to release its forthcoming streaming music product, called Daisy, this autumn - and it's currently attempting to partner with AT&T in a bid to gain an established audience at launch and pilfer marketshare from similar services like Spotify...

  • Beats Pill portable speaker review
    Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Beats Pill portable speaker review

    By 18 February 2013

    Beats is renowned for bringing the bass. The company's latest portable speaker, known as the Beats Pill because of its pill-shaped design, is a change of tack for the company in many respects. With four, 1-inch speakers arranged under its casing with 12W...

  • Hands-on: Beats Pill review
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    Hands-on: Beats Pill review

    By 5 February 2013

    Beats by Dr Dre has become so much more than a brand associated with bass-thumping headphones in the last year or so. Perhaps it's the company's split from Monster that has seen it expand its remit, but it's working. Naturally, "the kids" and Premier...

  • Beats headphones sales soar during the Olympics proving guerilla marketing works
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    Beats headphones sales soar during the Olympics proving guerilla marketing works

    By 10 August 2012

    Dr Dre has shown that it’s not just the Brits who are winning at this summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games. According to John Lewis, sales for the hip-hop mogul’s headphones have increased by 116 per cent. Following an alleged guerrilla campaign that...

  • Beats Pro by Dr. Dre  review
    Audio 4 out of 5

    Beats Pro by Dr. Dre review

    By 3 August 2012

    If London's 2012 Olympic Games are anything to go by, then there's no chance to forget about Dre. The hip-hop Doc's range of headphones have not only infiltrated a generation, they've made their way to high-profile athletes' ears too. Although, such fun...

  • 24ct gold Dr Dre Beats Pro headphones - a snip for a grand
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    24ct gold Dr Dre Beats Pro headphones - a snip for a grand

    By 26 March 2012

    Professional bling specialist Crystal Rocked has followed up its range of Swarovski Crystal-adorned Beats Studio headsets with a set purposely designed for the more ostentatious of DJs. Its Beats by Dr Dre Beats Pro headphones come in either black or...

  • HTC Spotify rival rumoured
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    HTC Spotify rival rumoured

    By 15 February 2012

    Since HTC coughed up a cool $300 million for a majority stake in the digital sound company Beats, we've had plenty of souped-up audio action on handsets such as the HTC Sensation XE, but nothing to get too excited over....yet. But all that could be set...

  • HTC Rezound revealed in US, Beats the opposition
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    HTC Rezound revealed in US, Beats the opposition

    By 4 November 2011

    The HTC Rezound multimedia powerhouse has been revealed in New York, bringing with it Beats Audio - the very first time the technology has been implemented on a mobile in the US. First coming under the guise of the HTC Vigor back in August 2011, the new...

  • HTC Sensation XL: 4.7-inch monster Android phone with Beats
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    HTC Sensation XL: 4.7-inch monster Android phone with Beats

    By 6 October 2011

    HTC has announced the HTC Sensation XL, the third handset in its Sensation range of flagship smartphones, but the first not to feature a dual-core processor. The new handset was launched at HTC's Beats event at the Roundhouse in London. So what is so...

  • HTC Sensation XL: Launch name for the HTC Runnymede?
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    HTC Sensation XL: Launch name for the HTC Runnymede?

    By 26 September 2011

    The HTC Runnymede will hit the shops as the HTC Sensation XL and not the HTC Bass, as had been rumoured, according to reports. The name would make sense as, like the recently announced HTC Sensation XE, the Runnymede will be packing integrated Beats Audio....

  • Beats by Dr Dre and David Guetta join forces for DJ-friendly Beats mixr headphones
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    Beats by Dr Dre and David Guetta join forces for DJ-friendly Beats mixr headphones

    By 7 September 2011

    Beats by Dr Dre has teamed up with music producer and DJ David Guetta for a new set of headphones aimed at disc spinners. The Beats mixr headset has been designed entirely with DJs in mind, with a compact form factor and ear cups that can swivel 180 degrees...

  • HTC Vigor: The first Beats Audio smartphone?
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    HTC Vigor: The first Beats Audio smartphone?

    By 29 August 2011

    HTC leaks are like buses. They come along all the bloomin' time. They're everywhere. What? What did you think we were going to say? Have you ever been to London? Overrun with buses it is. Anyway, back to business and the latest HTC leak is a real beaut....

  • HTC boss puts faith in sound Beats being the future of mobile
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    HTC boss puts faith in sound Beats being the future of mobile

    By 11 August 2011

    HTC boss Peter Chou has just outlined his vision of the mobile industry. And whilst the Taiwanese company's rivals continue to focus of cameras and displays when it comes to smartphone manufacturing, Chou is keen to point out that one key ingredient of...

  • Monster Diddybeats review
    Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Monster Diddybeats review

    By 17 June 2011

    You may have noticed that the kool kids on the street are all rocking a similar look when it comes to headphones. You'd have to have been hiding in a hole to not notice the silver or black oversized cups with a red b adorning them for all the world to...

  • HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition   review
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    HP ENVY 14-1195ea Beats Edition review

    By 21 March 2011

    From the stylish packaging to the aluminium case emblazoned with the Beats logo to the impressive specs (which include colour-coded Beats Solo headphones courtesy of Dr Dre), the HP Envy 14 is a desirable beast. Even the power supply has thoughtful touches...