Beats Pill+ speaker drops out of Apple's lineup with no replacement

Beats Pill+ speaker drops out of Apple’s lineup with no replacement

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Apple has discontinued the Beats Pill+ wireless speaker — one of the first brand-new products it launched after acquiring Beats in 2014. It was the only speaker available under the Beats brand, and there is no replacement.

You can still buy a Pill+ from third-party retailers while stocks last. However, you won’t find one in the Apple Store.

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Apple scraps Beats Pill+ wireless speaker

The Pill+ made its debut in 2015, replacing the Beats Pill 2.0. The Bluetooth speaker originally sold for a rather pricey $229, but was more recently available from Apple, Beats and other retailers for $179.95 or less. That’s no longer the case.

As of Monday, the Pill+ speaker has been removed from both the Apple and Beats websites (and presumably Apple retail stores, too). You can still get one from third-party retailers, like Best Buy, but only while remaining stocks last.

It remains unclear why Apple ditched the Pill+, though it likely has something to do with a decline in popularity. The device did not see any significant upgrades since its introduction. And these days, there are plenty of better alternatives for the money.

While it’s possible Apple will introduce a new Beats speaker in the future, the company may prefer that customers buy a HomePod mini instead. Sadly, unlike the Pill+, there is no wireless HomePod option — at least not yet.