This was an interesting link I came across on Monday night, thanks to digital twink Elliot Bledsoe.
Yes. Beats (by Dre) is now moving and shaking. OK, so really it's HTC purchasing music infrastructure, but still, the power is coming from a headphones company.
Headphones have previously been subordinate to the tech and the music, especially if they're part of a company that has investments/arms in all three, like Sony. Headphones have always been 'peripheral', or 'accessory', not market-leading, or game-changing.
Say what you will about the actual quality of the cans, what Beats by Dre have done for the image of headphones (not to mention their 25% market share, sheesh!), fashion and the flip between music and listening - I'm a massive fan.
"Mog’s service will continue under the same name and operate as a separate company, according to Monday’s announcement. “Both Mog and Beats share a common goal of creating a more premium sound experience and emotional connection with music in the digital era,” David Hyman, Mog’s founder and chief executive, wrote in a note to subscribers."
Looking forward to seeing how this pans out.