“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.”
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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