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It’s official: Apple is axing 200 Beats employees

Published Jul 31st, 2014 2:40PM EDT
Apple Beats Acquisition 200 Employees

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Apple is cleaning house as the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics approaches completion. Bloomberg reports that Apple has informed over 200 Beats employees that they will not be able to stay on with the company for the long term once the transaction has been finalized. According to the source, most of those jobs are in finance, HR and other areas where the two groups might overlap.

“We’re excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee,” said Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr in a statement on Thursday. “Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple.”

As 9to5Mac reported on Wednesday, these temporary extensions are expected to last until January 2015. During this time, Beats employees will be able to call a dedicated hotline which will allow them to speak with Apple’s HR regarding severance packages or potential long-term employment.

Sources also say that the Beats Music infrastructure is almost entirely incompatible with iTunes. Beats Music will likely see a complete overhaul in the coming months as Apple consolidates the technology.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.