HTC set to abandon bundling Beats headphones with smartphones £1899
10th Apr 2012 | 18:25
Despite recent acquisition, HTC decides against giving away Beats buds with future releases
HTC is unlikely to bundle future smartphones with expensive Beats Audio headphones.
The Taiwanese manufacturer acquired a majority stake in Beats for $300m (around £190m) last year.
However, HTC seems to have has concluded that, regardless of how good the headphones on offer, consumers aren't necessarily influenced when it comes to buying smartphones.
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HTC product executive Martin Fichter told CNET: "An accessory like the headphone doesn't factor in when someone is buying a smartphone. If they want a Beats headphone, they'll buy it directly."
What's the plan now then?
It was thought that HTC's decision to shell-out a fortune on a 51 per cent share of the company made famous by the fashionable over-ear Dr Dre Monster Beats cans, was part of a bigger plan.
The company had begun to include Beats technology within its handsets, including the new HTC One S, in a bid to improve the underwhelming sound quality on an overwhelming number of Android smartphones.
It had even been reported that the company was plotting to buy or launch its own Spotify-like subscription music service to be part of its HTC Sense ecosystem.
Perhaps those things will still come to fruition, but with HTC's profits way down on last year, it's understandable that it would steer away from giving away expensive headphones, when it makes little difference to sales.