Does The Beats Aftermath Usher The Next Episode For Wearables?

TechCrunch

As Beats potentially prepares to move on to the next episode, there are a few things about the news that should have tech investors’ ears ringing.

One, Dre may hate embargoes more than reporters do.

But beyond Dr. Dre’s non-announcement announcement (booze-fueled, but who could blame him?) is a potentially $3.2 billion validation that even the most basic form of wearable technology is worth a lot of money to the right company. There’s no doubt that headphones are wearables — and if the future envisioned by “Her” wins, then the earbud or headphone could be a gateway to an entirely new form of computing.

Setting aside music streaming, Apple’s acquisition of Beats could represent the company’s take on one version of the future user interface for computing — Google Glass and Facebook’s $2 billion…

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