Beats Has Ended Its Relationship With HTC

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Beats has had enough: it's walking out of its relationship with HTC and buying back the 25 per cent stake currently held by smartphone manufacturer.

HTC ponied up $300 (£186) million back in 2011 for a 50.1 per cent stake in Beats. Then, the headphone manufacturer paid $150 (£93) million to buy back 25 per cent last year. Today, it takes back full control for an extra $265 (£164) million.

It's unclear what the future now holds for the pair: while HTC says Beats will remain an important partners, the headphone manufacturer hasn't bothered to make any noises in agreement. WIth HTC's profits dwindling and Beats' performing strongly, it could be the end of all that audio branding being splashed over the back of the Taiwanese handsets. Thank goodness. [Dow Jones via Engadget]