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      Apple seeks to regain cool with $3B Beats buy

      Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of headphone and streaming music company Beats Electronics.

      CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of headphone and streaming music company Beats Electronics.

      Wednesday's announcement confirms earlier reports of an imminent deal. It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.

      The growing popularity of music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify has been reducing sales of songs and albums, a business that iTunes has dominated for the past decade.

      Apple Inc. broke into music streaming with the launch of iTunes Radio last September, but the Beats deal is a sign that the service hasn't been a big hit.

      Beats launched its streaming service earlier this year to supplement its trendy line of headphones.

      (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)