Apple, which is acquiring headphone and streaming-music service provider Beats, is eliminating about 200 positions at the company, representing 29% of its 700-employee workforce, according to sources familiar with the situation.
In a statement, an Apple rep said that “we have extended job offers to every Beats employee,” but that “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.”
Apple in May announced the deal to acquire Beats, founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, for up to $3 billion. Under the pact, the largest acquisition in Apple’s history, Iovine and Dr. Dre have signed employment contracts to join Apple after the transaction is completed.
The job cuts were first reported Wednesday by 9to5Mac. Beats’ finance, human-resources and customer-support departments have already “been largely dismantled, with some workers being laid off in the past few weeks,” according to the 9to5mac report.