Unless you own an iPhone, you probably haven't thought about Beats much in a few years. Apple bought the company for three billion-with-a-B dollars in 2014, and its more recent products have been increasingly Apple-focused, Lightning charging ports and all.
But the new Beats Studio Buds break with that tradition. Like newer iPads and MacBooks, they charge with the correct cable (USB-C, that is) and support Fast Pair, meaning they're equally at home on Android as on iOS — and at $150, they look like a bargain next to the $250 AirPods Pro. But while I've certainly enjoyed using them, some missing features stop the Beats Studio Buds from being an unqualified home run.
Beats Studio Buds are the first of the company's products in a long time to work equally well with Android devices as Apple ones (Apple does own Beats, after all). At their MSRP of $150, they come up a bit short — but today, you can snag a pair for $130, $20 off.
Black Friday has come and gone, but we're not done with pre-holiday deals by a long shot. Cyber Monday is upon us, and the deals refuse to quit. A whole bunch of what we're seeing today is an extension of sales that have been running since last week, but there's plenty of new stuff, too. Here, for your convenience, we've rounded up all the best deals we've spotted.
When you're walking down the street and your eyes catch a glimpse of that oversized lowercase "b" emblazoned on a pair of on-ear headphones, you know exactly what that symbol means. Beats is known for making some of the most recognized wireless headphones on the market, and now you can own a pair for yourself with a hefty discount in tow. For a limited time, you can save up to 57% on select Beats Solo3 wireless headphones, discounted now at Amazon and Best Buy.
Beats by Dr. Dre announced its first on-ear, noise-cancelling headphones Solo Pro. The company claims that these new cans have been designed for lower distortion, improved audio experience, and better speech detection for calls and wake words.
Beats, the headphones brand now owned by Apple, has rebranded its Android app. Previously dedicated to the Beats Pill+ speaker, and therefore called "Beats Pill," the app now services several of the company's headphones too and has thus been renamed to a simple "Beats."
Since my introduction to the brand a couple of years ago, V-Moda has quickly become one of my favorite audio companies. Solid sound and performance, paired with impeccable build quality and distinctive styling make the company's products easy to like and recommend. I thoroughly enjoyed the Crossfade wireless headphones when I reviewed them a year ago, and though I had a few small issues with the headphones, I was impressed overall.
When presented with the opportunity to review the newly released Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones I couldn't wait to try them out. In their press photos they looked an awful lot like their predecessor.
Apple has been promising an Android version of its new streaming service ever since it announced that it would adapt Beats Music into its own branded alternative. Today is the day: after publishing a cheeky "switch to iOS" app and a Beats speaker management app, Apple Music is now on the Play Store. Be sure and get your quips about pigs flying and infernal snowballs in while you can.
Nope, Apple Music still isn't available on Android (though it's being actively tested). Instead, the second Android app that Cupertino has officially published is in support of the hardware half of its Beats acquisition. It's a companion and pairing app for the Beats Pill+, the latest revision of Beats' portable Bluetooth speaker. That's it. That's all. There isn't any more.
We already knew that Apple is working on an Android app for its new Apple Music service (the descendant of Beats Music, which Apple acquired along with the headphone maker last year). We've also heard that it's due sometime this fall. If screenshots posted by German site MobileGeeks can be believed, work on the Android version of the Apple Music app is progressing nicely. We can't verify the shots, but they seem to line up with Apple Music on iOS.
According to the screenshots, Apple Music on Android will feature the same dynamic radio stations as the current Beats app, plus individual music downloads and curated playlists.