Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving Apple Music this year

Jay Jacobs
January 7, 2018

Under Iovine's watch, Apple Music has become one of the most popular streaming music services on the planet. Apple, for the record, declined to comment; I haven't heard back from Iovine.

After joining Apple, he has been a guiding force behind the Apple Music subscription service, which has now more than 30 million subscribers. But when asked what he planned to do after Apple Music, Iovine told Billboard in a September interview that he was focused for the time being on bringing music streaming up to speed. He pitched the concept of a subscription music service to the late Steve Jobs in 2003. Though he never had an official title with the company, he no doubt offered his major label expertise to Apple Music executives, who have partnered in several exclusive deals with artists like Drake and Chance The Rapper.

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The impending departure of Iovine was first reported by industry blog Hits Daily Double. Shazam's tech could be integrated into more Apple products in the future. There simply aren't many people with his knowledge, experience, and vision in the music industry, so it's hard to imagine his departure won't be a step back for the service, despite its ongoing success. He has worked as a recording engineer with legends like John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen, and as a producer for big acts like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith, and U2.

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