Ian Rogers (from left), Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Luke Wood worked together at Beats Music before Apple scooped up the company last year.
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Apple executive Ian Rogers, a veteran of Beats Music who led the development of Apple Music’s Beats1 radio channel, is leaving the company.
The Financial Times first reported the departure on Friday, citing unnamed sources who said he is heading to an unspecified Europe-based company in an unrelated industry.
Apple confirmed to CNET that Rogers is leaving.
With Rogers’ exit, Apple is losing a key exec instrumental to Beats1, the most praised feature of its streaming-music service. Apple Music is the technology giant’s belated entry in the market of subscription streaming music, which is growing rapidly while digital song downloads have begun to flag. A live radio channel with high-profile DJs playing the same music online simultaneously to listeners anywhere, Beats1 has been the hit of Apple Music, which was otherwise marred by some complaints that the software to install it messed with customers’ music libraries.
After Apple purchased Beats last year for $3.3 billion, the company installed Rogers as the head of iTunes Radio, its service that generated individualized playlists of music similar to Pandora. In the development and introduction of Apple Music, Rogers led Beats1.