Apple Inc. is paying slightly less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, and more than $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics in its $3 billion deal, according to people familiar with the matter.
The breakdown between the two portions of Beats Electronics LLC offers insight into Apple’s thinking for the most expensive acquisition in its history.
– The Wall Street Journal, Apple Paying Less Than $500 Million for Beats Music Streaming Service
The only way to get insight into Apple’s thinking on the purchase would be to have been privy to the decision-making process or the negotiations. These figures give us insight into the way in which the lawyers and accountants divvied up the agreed price between the two properties; nothing more.