Remember that teardown from a few weeks back? Those were counterfeit Beats, but it turns out the heavy metal parts are also in the real thing. But are they there for extra weight, or to add some structural integrity?
Dr. Dre did mightily well out of the Apple / Beats buyout. According to the Forbes Cash Kings list for 2013/14's top hip-hop earners, Dre made £378 million over the past 12 months -- the majority coming from the Beats sale.
I'm a big fan of Lil Wayne. I was with him before he became good (pre-Carter days) and totally support his placement atop the hip hop perch but Mr. Weezy F, I can't support you on this. What the hell are you doing wearing a $1 million diamond studded Beats by Dre headphones at a basketball game?
Chips and ketchup, unicorns and glitter, Beats Electronics and Monster. One of these things just doesn't belong, one of these things is not like the others. After a five-year collaboration, the two companies have terminated their relationship but do hope to remain friends.
Monster—a company once known for producing insanely nerdy speaker wire— changed headphones forever (for better or worse) with its fashionable, bass-heavy Beats by Dre line. Now that Monster's cash cow is HTC's cash cow, Monster is clearly on the hunt for new friends.
No Detox announced today! But Dr. Dre's commanding bass-heavy Beats empire expanded a little today with a wireless iteration of the Beatbox iPod and iPhone dock. Good: it'll probably be as low-end heavy as the headphones. Bad: Bluetooth.