Beats by Dr Dre and Monster go together like left and right earbuds, but they've yanked the cable from the socket of their partnership. In a beef over benjamins, Monster and Beats are no longer to work together.
Beats is the bass-tastic audio brand spearheaded by rap supremo Dr Dre, while manufacturer Monster build the actual headphones. Now BusinessWeek reports the two are to part ways at the end of the year in a dispute over money and credit for the partnership's runaway success.
Over the past couple of years Beats and Monster have eaten up more than half of the headphone market with ear-fondlers like the phenomenally successfuland earbuds, and the and headphones.
The brand is so successful it's made headphones as essential a rapper's accessory as oversized jewellery and a silly name:.
Beats tech has even found its way into other gadgets, including the. Beats is part-owned by HTC, and the familiar bass-friendly sound booms from phones such as the and .
Beats the brand will no doubt continue to thrive on the strength of its impeccable celebrity credentials, no matter who takes over the actual building of the headphones. As for Monster, it's not without celeb mojo, such as, and just today it announced Vektr, a new collaboration with fashionistas Diesel.
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