Ian Rogers has been reported to be leaving Apple Music for an unconfirmed job in Europe causing colleagues and the company to be in a state of shock.
Ian Rogers is the professional genius who has an entrepreneur heart beating in his chest. Rogers started working with the Beastie Boys. He has been a digital music executive for Yahoo music.
He also started his own company by the name of Topspin records. He then joined Apple where he became part of a music team with a robust roster of senior executives.
He was a key person in establishing the Apple radio station, Beats1. He was also appointed the senior director of the Apple Music. He took the station to the successful heights.
He was responsible for hiring Zane Lowe. And he saw that the opening and establishment of the station was successful.
To some who might have seen him working for the station described that Apple Music was Rogers dream job. The way he had promoted it and worked for its success seemed like he was born to do it.
Those people making such claims might have to reconsider because Ian is leaving. Financial Times reported that Ian is in fact leaving the company.
The first clue might have been his Twitter post. He posted a picture of a Swedish band by the name of “Europe” with an attached link to their music. But that would be a cryptic hint to bigger decisions.
According to an inside source close to Ian, he might be leaving to work with a European high end company. Moreover, he might also be thinking about settling in Europe. Nothing is for sure till now.
Another inside source revealed that Ian might be staying in the company. But only for a few more weeks but his leaving is inevitable.
It comes as a shock to many who had seen him in action. Especially, Apple Music which he had practically set up himself.
He did join a pretty heavy roster on Apple. It included not only Iovine, Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor coming over from Beats.
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But also the likes of Eddy Cue, David Dorn and Robert Kondrk on the iTunes side. They are all sad to see such an innovator go.