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Apple Confirms Beats Layoffs Looming

by Todd Haselton | July 31, 2014July 31, 2014 2:00 pm PST

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Apple on Thursday confirmed a 9to5Mac report yesterday that some Beats employees will ultimately be left without a job following the acquisition. Yesterday’s report, however, suggested that Apple has already started to lay-off Beats employees, though a statement made by Apple on Thursday spins it in a more positive light.

“We’re excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr explained to Re/Code. “Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple.” In other words, some Beats employees with redundant jobs — those that are already covered by existing Apple employees — will ultimately be left without a job after the “limited period” discussed by Neumayr.

Re/Code added that about 200 of Beats’ current employees, a large chunk of the company’s 700-person workforce, won’t have jobs “within the next few months.” So, while Apple may be promising that it’s trying to find places for everyone, the transition won’t be positive for everyone currently employed by Beats.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...