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Before Beats: A Walk Through Apple's Digital Music History, 1977 to 2014

Before Beats: A Walk Through Apple's Digital Music History, 1977 to 2014

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By Taylor Hatmaker


With the deal confirmed at last, it's easy to balk at the $3 billion handshake between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Beats cofounders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. After all, it's far from clear just what Apple has in mind for the maker of headphones and its digital music-streaming service.

But Apple, widely credited with accelerating the first digital music revolution, could be poised for another industry shake-up — this one well overdue. After all, music has coursed through the company's veins for longer than we often remember. Don't believe me? Let's take a trip down memory lane, and see.

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