[telecom] Apple now makes Android and Windows Phone apps

Apple now makes Android and Windows Phone apps

By Josh Lowensohn May 28, 2014

One peculiarity in Apple's purchase of Beats for $3 billion, announced earlier today: Beats still makes apps for Android and Windows Phone, two of Apple's rival platforms.The deal between the companies has yet to close, but that immediately left a very serious question about the future of the service anywhere besides Apple devices.

Now Apple says Beats Music will live on, at least for now. In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that apps on both platforms would remain, saying "It's all about the music."

The move is a marked change for Apple, which has a long history of shutting down the services of companies it's purchased - often sooner if they're available to rivals - and now Beats may prove to be a rare exception. The subscription version of Beats will live on as a high-end to the company's free iTunes Radio service, and Apple will also continue to sell the Beats hardware, including speakers and headphones in its stores.


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