updated 08:15 pm EST, Thu January 12, 2012
Beats and Monster Cable disagree on credit
Beats and Monster Cable have ended their partnership together on headphones, the two sides revealed this week. The two are now focusing independently on their own headphones. A pair of sources for Bloomberg added that Monster purportedly wanted more credit for the designs than Beats was willing to give.
As part of the separation, Beats will keep the rights to its audio processing technology and the visual design, leaving Monster to mostly design its own.
Monster CEO Noel Lee, in turn, said the company was partly shifting focus. Its new line of headphones will be skewed towards newcomers to high-end audio.
Beats already has a safety net for its own work, being integrated into the Sensation XE and other HTC smartphones, many newer HP PCs, and Chrysler's 300S.