Apple has officially acquired Beats, though that news may not be expectantly good for some people.
In a statement to 9to5Mac addressing rumors of potential layoffs, Apple has confirmed that overhead positions have been made redundant. Beats’ support team, financial departments and HR have been dismantled in the past few weeks. A few were offered positions to work with Cupertino and some tentative positions until January next year. Out of the 700 people working for beats, 200 positions have been cut which makes up 29% of the staff.
“We’re excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee,” an Apple spokesperson said. “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.”
Additionally, Apple has started working optimizing Beats Music technology to iTunes. Sources say the music technology faces compatibility issues with Apple’s servers and may need to re-engineered . Apple is also looking to engage with Beats’ streaming service to compete with growing platforms such as Spotify and Rdio.