There was a point about two hours into last night’s NFL Draft where the supremely arrogant Johnny Manziel seemed like the kid that no one wanted to pick for their kickball team. After the 20th pick had gone by and Johnny was still in the corner drinking his water bottle I wondered if he was going be like Christine Lahti who was on a bathroom break when it was announced she won the Golden Globe. He was eventually picked by the Cleveland Browns and he came on stage with his usual “show me the money” bravado, but I doubt the money will be quite as much as if he had been picked number one instead of number 22.
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Apple would spend $3 Billion to buy Beats. Obviously I’m happy for Dre and Jimmy Iovine and I hope they continue to be so generous to USC. But Apple could easily make a much better headphone, as almost any real audio engineer will tell you that there are 20 headphones on the market with much better sound. What Beats does have is marketing, but after all that is something that Apple does better than almost anyone else. The folks over at Re-Code suggest the reason is for Beats streaming music service. But I Tunes Radio is already just as good as Beats and probably has more listeners. All this does is muddy the I Tunes brand message.Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO has been under a lot of pressure to spend his $150 Billion cash hoard, but this just seems like a panic move.