Jimmy Iovine Calls Out Quality Of Apple’s Earbuds

Jimmy Iovine

Former Interscope Records head Jimmy Iovine spoke at the Code conference in California on Wednesday (May 28), during which he called out Apple over the quality of their earbuds.

Following his sale of Beats brand to Apple this week, where he comes aboard as an executive, the record industry vet spoke his mind, criticizing the quality of the standard earbuds that come with Apple products, according to the New York Times.

“You listen to Apocalypse Now, and a helicopter sounds like a mosquito,” Iovine said.

Later, he called out Spotify, saying: “Spotify should have 10 million people in America alone.” So far, the streaming service has 10 million paying customers worldwide.

Beats Music reportedly has 111,000 subscribers to date. The number was also said to have resulted in Apple lowering its purchase price of both Beats Electronics and Beats Music from $3.2 billion to $3 billion.

  1. Spotify is great. They just keep making the service better and better. I’ve been a premium user for over a year now. I have Spotify on several devices and noticed they recently allow me to control Spotify that is running on my Mac with the app on my iDevices. Enjoy.

  2. You mean the earbuds that are packaged for *free* with iPods and iPhones don’t produce premium sound? You’re right. Charging $200+ for headphones that cost $20 to produce and still produce average quality sound is clearly the way to go. I get it. Beats are about fashion and marketing, and they play that game well. But don’t get me started about sound quality…just look at Beats track record.

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