Beats by Dre’s marketing guru bails on Apple

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Beats CMO is leaving the company.
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Omar Johnson, the Beats by Dre chief marketing officer that helped transform the headphone company from a gimmick to one of the most iconic brands in pop culture, is leaving the company next month.

During his time at Beats, Johnson and his marketing team created unique ads by collaborating with the world’s top athletes in every major sport to tell their real stories. Johnson didn’t give a reason for his departure, but Apple has confirmed he’s stepping down on November 1st.

Today in Apple history: Logic Pro 7 shows Apple’s still serious about creatives

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Logic Pro 7 was a great music creation tool for Apple fans.
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Sept29September 29, 2004: Apple debuts its pro-grade music development software Logic Pro 7, boasting a whole host of new creation tools and a new, streamlined interface which brings it more in line with other Apple software.

Coming off the success of the iPod and iTunes Music Store, Logic Pro 7 — and its stripped down sibling Logic Express 7 — is a reminder that Apple’s the best place for music consumers and professionals alike.

Apple Music tops first JD Power music streaming rankings

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Exclusives are keeping Apple Music subscribers loyal.
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The first ever J.D. Power music streaming satisfaction survey found that Apple Music is the most liked streaming service in the U.S.

Spotify didn’t even manage to crack the top 3 in the survey that polled over 4,000 subscribers to music streaming services to gauge how well each company performs when it comes to performance and reliability, ease of use, cost, content, communication and customer service.

Apple Music drives first serious music industry growth since 1999

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Apple Music is doing good in the eyes of record labels.
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Apple Music is having a big impact on the profitability of the music industry, according to a new report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

How big? Apple Music is one of the key players driving what looks to be the recording industry’s first back-to-back yearly growth since 1998-1999.