Trent Reznor Isn't Leaving Beats Music

Chief Creative Officer and Nine Inch Nail hasn't departed, despite reports

Trent Reznor Quits Beats Music
Trent Reznor live in 2014 PHOTO BY KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES
WRITTEN BY
Colin Joyce

UPDATE: Despite reports to the contrary, Trent Reznor isn't leaving Beats Music, a Beats rep told Rolling Stone.

Just last week Apple's buyout of Beats Music put $3 billion in the hands of co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, but Chief Creative Officer (and former SPIN cover star) Trent Reznor is out of the picture, according to USA Today reports.

Not much other information about Reznor's departure is immediately available, but the Nine Inch Nail and man responsible for the burgeoning streaming service's tastemaking will apparently not be a part of the company's recent efforts at undercutting Spotify.

As Consequence of Sound notes, back in 2009, Reznor had some unkind words for the new Beats bosses at Apple after they rejected his Downward Spiral app from their store.

"You can buy The Downward Fucking Spiral on iTunes but you can’t allow an iPhone app that may have a song with a bad word somewhere in it,' he said at the time. "Hey Apple, I just got some spam about fucking hot Asian teens through your e-mail program. I just saw two guys having explicit anal sex right there in Safari! On my iPhone! Come on Apple, think your policies through and for fuck’s sake get your app approval scenario together."

As of yet, there's no word whether Reznor's departure predates the Apple deal or not, but either way he'll stay busy with another David Fincher score and a long Nine Inch Nails tour with Soundgarden and Death Grips later this summer.

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