Apple will lay off approximately 200 Beats Electronics employees, eliminating 29% of the headphone manufacturer’s workforce. The downsizing comes in wake of Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and music streaming service Beats Music.
Tom Neumayr, a spokesperson for Apple, released a statement citing redundant positions as the primary reason for the staff reductions. The layoffs will be applied to departments such as human resources, finance and support services, according to a blog from the Wall Street Journal.
While some of the dismissed employees will be offered new positions at Apple, others will be guaranteed positions until January 2015, according to 9to5mac.com.
Because Beats doesn’t operate any retail locations, the layoffs are not expected to affect any Apple brick-and-mortar stores.