Apple eliminates jobs following Beats acquisition

As Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music comes close to completion, hundreds of employees may find their positions redundant and their pink slips issued.

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As the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music looms closer, Apple has begun transitioning some employees to its own workforce -- but others will feel the sting of redundancy.

The Cupertino and Santa Monica, California-based companies have begun shifting Beats employees to Apple, as reported by Bloomberg. A source with knowledge of the restructuring said approximately 200 workers at Beats Electronics will be axed.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple executives visited the Beats headquarters this week, and have notified some members that they are not to be included in the transition. The majority of Beats staff in creative roles will be offered positions at Apple, but cuts are expected to hit human resources, finance and roles where there is overlap between the two companies.

Some employees are believed to be offered different positions at Cupertino, while others will be guaranteed work until January 2015. 

The acquisition of Beats was announced in May . The deal, signed for $3 billion, is Apple's largest acquisition in years, and gives the tech giant the opportunity to explore rapidly growing music subscription services -- as well as potentially create a line of premium headphones. The deal was recently approved by the European Commission, and Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple as mid-level executives.

The Apple-Beats deal is expected to finally close in this quarter, ending mid-September.

The iPad and iPhone maker accounted for 41,300 employees as of the end of June.