The New York Times has an interesting story detailing the history of Dr. Dre's Beats headphones — devices that have been met with equal parts adoration and abhorrence since they debuted in 2008. While praise from sound experts has been slim — one audiophile told the NYT that the headphones are "absolutely, extraordinarily bad" — the NYT says that the sales success of Beats audio equipment has inspired others to compete, spawning devices from rappers Ludacris and 50 Cent. With sales approaching $500 million, we don't blame them.
The origins of Dr. Dre's controversial Beats headphones
The New York Times details the history of the controversial headphones that have inspired competition from Ludacris and 50 Cent.