When Apple bought Beats it also bought the company’s executive team, bringing Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor and Ian Rogers into the fold at Cupertino. Now it looks like the first cracks in what seemed like a pretty clean merger are starting to show.
The Financial Times reports that Apple Music‘s Senior Director, Ian Rogers, has left the company. Rogers previously served as CEO of Beats Music, which eventually transformed into Cupertino’s own streaming service as part of the merger. He also played a key role in launching Apple’s Beats 1, even hiring British DJ Zane Lowe to lead the online radio station.
It’s unclear why Rogers is leaving Apple, though FT notes that the news comes as a surprise inside the company. He’s apparently taking a new job at a European firm in a different industry altogether. Rogers’ LinkedIn account doesn’t offer any more details, and still lists Apple Music as his current job.
Apple Music should be fine moving forward, thanks to Rogers’ input, though we may see fewer of the interesting radio shows and unique playlists as a result. Hopefully the company can still keep things fresh moving forward, especially once its free three-month trial comes to an end.