“The architect of Apple’s online radio strategy has resigned two months after the launch of its Beats1 radio service, according to people familiar with the matter,” Matthew Garrahan reports for The Financial Times.
“Ian Rogers was part of the executive team that joined Apple last year when the company acquired Beats, the audio group started by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, for $3bn,” Garrahan reports. “Since the completion of the deal Mr Rogers has led the development of Apple’s Beats 1, hiring Zane Lowe, the former BBC radio DJ, as a presenter and crafting an eclectic mix of shows streamed from London, New York and Los Angeles that have been well received by critics and listeners.”
“News of his departure caught colleagues off guard. He is leaving the west coast to work for a Europe-based company in an unrelated industry, people familiar with the situation said,” Garrahan reports. “Apple confirmed that Mr Rogers was leaving the company but declined to comment further.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Beats 1 is, surprisingly to most, one of the best parts of Apple Music. Perhaps getting it up and running, not running it day-to-day, and getting it to a successful, sustainable state was Rogers real goal? If so, mission accomplished.