Apple recall Beats Pill speakers due to potential fire risk

Customers are urged to return their Beats Pill XL speakers, with the company offering refunds for the product

Tech giant Apple have recalled a whole line of speakers due to a safety risk.

In a press release, Apple confirmed that they have “announced a voluntary recall” of the Beats Pill XL speakers after determining that they “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk” in some “rare cases”.

The statement continues: “Because customer safety is the company’s top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using their Beats Pill XL speakers”. The company are offering a refund to customers who have purchased the product. Details on how to return items can be found at the Apple website.

The Beats Pill XL speakers were first introduced by Beats by Dre in November 2013, Apple acquiring the brand in 2014. Apple state that “the recall does not affect any other Beats or Apple products”.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Apple are reportedly being investigated by authorities for pressuring labels to end free streaming. With the company’s new streaming service coming soon, the Department Of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are allegedly looking into claims that Apple are pressuring major labels not to renew their licence with Spotify’s free tier service, hoping that the move would result in less competition for their upcoming service, which will be subscription only with no ‘freemium’ version. Apple are also alleged to have offered to pay Universal Music Group the same amount they currently receive from YouTube if they pull their entire catalogue from the video platform.

It’s claimed the DOJ officials have already interviewed senior music industry figures regarding Apple’s conduct, with the FTC beginning to gather information on the matter too. The European Union’s Competition Commission are also looking into the case.

Former Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe recently left the station to work for Apple in the US.
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