Trent Reznor Reportedly Leaves Beats Music

UPDATE: A Beats spokesperson has told Rolling Stone the claims Reznor is leaving are “false.”

USA Today reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. He had been working with the company since at least October 2012. It’s unclear whether his leaving was a direct response to the company’s acquisition by Apple, which made co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine into billionaires. Reznor has been vocal about his dislike of some of Apple’s practices before, most notably when the company rejected the Nine Inch Nails app from their store due to objectionable content. He hasn’t confirmed or commented on his departure from the company.

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Comments (5)
  1. Reznor also had a beef with the 30% cut Apple took. Just like Iovine and Dre. Beats also takes the same cut. As does Ponyo by Neil Young. Hypocrites, the lot of them.

  2. It’s likely there wasn’t a place for Reznor at Apple anyway – officers of an acquired company are usually given the chance to resign (often with compensation) so they don’t have to be “fired,” which tends to look worse on a resume. Not that it matters to T-f’n-R, but that’s corporate culture.

    And taking issue with the 30% cut was ridiculous (30% is standard markup at a retailer – did he also protest Record Store Day?).

  3. Trent left Apple just so he wouldn’t have to wear those blue Apple shirts whilst on tour.

  4. Actually, Dr. Dre will not become a billionaire from this sale.

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