Thoughts on Tech: Apple in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics

WhitesolobeatsbydreheadphonesJust a few hours ago, it was reported by multiple outlets that tech giant Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics. The first report came from Financial Times, which stated that the deal is worth an estimated $3.2 Billion, Apple's largest acquisition of all time. Beats Electronics, which consists of Beats Headphones and the newly launched Beats Music, was created by famed rapper/producer Dr. Dre and music industry mogul Jimmy Iovine. According to TechCrunch, the largest acquisition in recent years has been their purchase of PrimeSense for $350 Million, making this a landmark deal for Apple.To some, this is a puzzling deal for Apple. For one, the technology standard that Apple has with all of its physical products is known to be above most other companies. The aluminum and glass make up of its line of electronics doesn't match the plastic products that Beats sells. Apple will either leave these products stand alone by themselves, building on the "cool" factor alone, or put development money into the popular headphone line.One integration that Apple may see on the horizon is the entrance into the music streaming world. There has long been rumors of Apple expanding its iTunes application to rival the likes of Spotify and Rdio, but very few details have surfaced since. With the platform of Beats Music already built out, there is an opportunity to jump in and take a piece of the market for themselves. We could also see further Apple integration in the already established Beats partnerships with HP, Chrysler, and HTC.According to Gizmodo, the deal could close as early as next week. Will we see Beats ear buds coming with all Apple mobile products? Will we see iOS integration in future Chrysler cars? Time will tell but more details will be sure to surface in the coming weeks.- Kyle (@kyledineen)