Apple’s history of music-related acquisitions is familiar ground: SoundJam in 2000 to form the basis of iTunes; streaming service Lala in 2009; Beats Electronics (including its Beats Music service) in 2014, of course; and analytics tool Musicmetric’s parent company Semetric later that year.
So who next?
Music certainly isn’t the biggest driver of Apple’s business in 2015 – where songs once sold iPods, now it’s apps that sell iPhones and iPads. But music remains an important part of Apple’s cultural makeup, while its anticipated relaunch of Beats Music this summer could see music once again becoming a key selling point for its devices. And with deep reserves of cash to draw on, Apple could make acquisitions a part of that strategy.
With that in mind, here’s some speculation from us about the companies that might make for appealing targets for Apple.