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Trent Reznor, Beats by Dre Partner for Streaming Service

By - Source: Pitchfork | B 15 comments

NIN frontman looks to take on Spotify with the help of Beats by Dre.

In the four years since Monster has been manufacturing Beats by Dre headphones, Dre's line of premium headphones have been insanely popular. Despite their high price tag, the brand has become one of the bigger names in the industry and was designed on the premise that good music requires good headphones. Now it seems Dre has set his sights on another aspect of the music industry: Streaming.

Earlier this year, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor revealed to fans that he was working on something special with Beats by Dre. According to Pitchfork, Reznor revealed a little bit more about that project during a recent profile with The New Yorker. Reznor said that he's currently playing a part in the design of a new music streaming service. Dubbed Daisy, the service is scheduled for launch early next year.

Pitchfork cites Reznor as describing the service as a "platform in which the machine and the human would collide more intimately." Daisy would provide intelligent curation and both computer-generated suggestions ("[using] mathematics") as well as suggestions from "connoisseurs."

Reznor compared the new service to Spotify, but didn't talk about the price model Daisy will employ. For example, Spotify has both free and paid tiers, and the former is ad-supported. Right now, there's no details on whether Daisy will be offered on a subscription basis, will charge per song, or will be an ad-supported service. While the service and technology behind it will a be a key factor in Daisy's success, the cost to the consumer will be one of the biggest factors. 

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    chumly , December 11, 2012 3:14 PM
    Should've used this pic for Trent: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lfuh0csrQw1qbidbp.jpg
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    TunaSoda , December 11, 2012 3:44 PM
    Bose > Beats
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    yzfr1guy , December 11, 2012 3:46 PM
    Ouch chumly that's brutal! Trent used to be The Man back in the day, is that pic for real?
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    Kami3k , December 11, 2012 3:46 PM
    Lol at "premium" headphones. I swear they are 20 dollars headphones rebranded.
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    colinjmatt , December 11, 2012 4:14 PM
    Yo dawg, I heard you liked bass. So we put some bass in your bass so you can wuub and not hear anything else.

    Seriously, beats are not for audiophiles. They're just a fashion accessory, and they lack any decent mid range or high end.
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    alidan , December 11, 2012 4:18 PM
    colinjmattYo dawg, I heard you liked bass. So we put some bass in your bass so you can wuub and not hear anything else.Seriously, beats are not for audiophiles. They're just a fashion accessory, and they lack any decent mid range or high end.


    the funny thing is, if they were cheaper they wouldnt be bad, but when you go with good headphones at teh same price as the beats, they out preform them on everything.

    its sad how stupid people are and how much a name matter.
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    djscribbles , December 11, 2012 4:27 PM
    Now I can run hugely compressed audio with mediocre quality through my hugely overpriced headphones with mediocre quality! OH BOY!
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    twisted politiks , December 11, 2012 4:44 PM
    TunaSodaBose > Beats


    And that's saying something, considering Bose are only decent as far as audio output goes.
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    Camikazi , December 11, 2012 4:54 PM
    TunaSodaBose > Beats

    Sennheiser>Bose
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    applegetsmelaid , December 11, 2012 5:04 PM
    Nothing compliments a set of overpriced cans like a crappy 128 Kbps stream of lossy audio.
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    alidan , December 11, 2012 5:11 PM
    twisted politiksAnd that's saying something, considering Bose are only decent as far as audio output goes.


    as far as headpones goes, bose is ok for their price, granted i only tried their 130$ range headphones that were full can against my Sennheiser 555hd, and it was an in store demo, so i really have no 100% proof, but they were comparable, the bose was maybe 10 or 20$ more, which when you consider the 2-300$ beets dont even compare to my headphones says something on how much they rip you off.

    bose for home theater, their 1000$ lineup is outdone by 150$ pc speakers. in fact, its outdone by logitech speakers that arent even very good.

    here is an example of what i mean
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erkDjA5tHGk
    the 10 second mark
    i have a far higher quality version of this, so that base sounds immaculate, youtube compresses it a bit, but i cant find a better version there.

    the bose, it cant play that noise, it sounds like its braking when it tries.
    my parrents also have an ipod doc from bose i tried, it also craps out at that noise.

    however my headphones, my brothers razer headset, his turtle beach headset, my 3 headphoens for 5$ headphones, and my original GAME BOY earbuds, can all play that noise better over all.

    sorry i sent o a bit of a tangent there. but my original point was that the bose headphones aren't to far off price wise of their performance, unlike beats.
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    icepick314 , December 11, 2012 5:39 PM
    CamikaziSennheiser>Bose


    Audio Technica > Sennheiser
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    theconsolegamer , December 11, 2012 5:55 PM
    icepick314Audio Technica > Sennheiser

    Beyerdynamic > Audio Technica
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    beardguy , December 11, 2012 6:50 PM

    My $5 Earbuds > your mom :p 
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    victorintelr , December 11, 2012 11:17 PM
    (whatever you can think of) > beardguy's $5 Earbuds & Beyerdynamic
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