Why Ian Rogers’ departure is bad news for Apple Music

“It’s been reported today that Apple Music executive Ian Rogers has left the company to pursue other interests in an ‘unrelated industry,'” Bobby Owsinski writes for Forbes. “That bodes ill for Apple as Rogers was the operational brains behind both Beats and its transition to Apple Music.”

“Rogers has been a long-time digital music insider, having run Beats Music, Topspin (a direct to consumer marketplace for artists and bands) and Yahoo Music. He’s also one of the smartest and level-headed guys in an industry with a dearth of those attributes,” Owsinski writes. “It’s been long speculated that Rogers was a key ingredient in Apple’s acquisition of Beats.”

“So Apple has lost a guiding light that’s going to be difficult to replace, and at a pivotal moment as well,” Owsinski writes. “The company claims to have 11 million users for its new Apple Music service, which really isn’t that many considering the fact that it has 850 million credit cards on file via iTunes… Missing one of its top execs, the struggle to take Apple Music to the next level will be just that much harder now.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If Apple wanted Rogers to stay badly enough, he’d still be there.

We’re sure they’ll muddle through just fine without him. (sarcasm)

Apple’s Beats 1 architect resigns; Ian Roger’s departure surprises colleagues – August 28, 2015


  1. Haaaa!
    There is only bas news for Apple. September 9th will be also a lot of bad news for them.

    Geesh, I wouldn’t want to be in Apple shoes.

    Bad Apple! Bad Apple!

  2. iTunes and the Music app need a LOT of work. Reverse the downward spiral, restore 10.7 and go up from there.

    Software that destroys users’ libraries is bad.

    1. I agree. How can this statement be right as most people bitch about the Music application?:
      “Rogers was the operational brains behind both Beats and its transition to Apple Music.””

  3. re: MDN’s take: “muddle through”.

    That’s not really what we’d like to see from Apple, but there’s been a lot of it the last year or so. Here’s hoping there’s a new bright future still ahead. September 9 has some high expectations.

    1. For some time now Apple’s worst critics have been Apple fan boys, spoiled rotten by how good Apple hardware and software is.

      Instead of bitching, change hardware, OSs and/or services. Funny thing is the bitchers won’t, because the competition is even worse.

      What the spoiled cry babies have all forgotten is that, even with Apple, first iterations aren’t perfect (although Apple’s first iterations are far better than competing first iterations). Additionally Apple products evolve much faster than competing products, so if you aren’t happy today you’ll get happy faster with Apple.

  4. If this guy was so great why wasn’t the music services he headed more successful? Topspin never heard of it, Yahoo music, never listened to it, Beats sure if you have a limited range of music tastes. Beats1, nothing there for me.

  5. Ian was “Steved”. Tim needs to sometimes be a little more like Steve & not be everybody’s best friend. Learn the “Hey, let’s step into the elevator & talk about things, Boom You’re Fired.” Elevator doors open & Apple security escorts you out the door with all your things packed into a beautifully designed package.

    1. Well, Tim Cook does seem to be “leading” by delegation. This has undoubtedly resulted in issues like the complete mess of iTunes and iOS music. He made the decision to actually put the old Beats team IN CHARGE of iTunes design, customer service, etc. and look where this has gotten them?

  6. It’s called the Peter Principle… rising to your level of incompetence.
    If there’s one thing about Apple that I’ve learned, it’s this:
    The Apple Principle… innovate and keep innovating until its indispensable.

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