Apple Pulls Third-Party Headphones From Online and Retail Stores

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has stopped selling headphones and wireless speakers from rivals including Sonos Inc., Bose Corp. and Logitech International SA as the company gears up to launch its own new audio products.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has long sold third-party hardware on its website, one of the largest e-commerce operations in the world. All headphones and speakers from Bose, speakers from Logitech’s Ultimate Ears brand and Sonos’s latest smart speaker disappeared from Apple’s online store at the end of last month, according to checks by Bloomberg.

Apple’s retail operations sure have come a long way since they were positioned as a place for “the best accessories”. That’s not a knock. Apple doesn’t sell digital still or video cameras in its retail stores any longer but I don’t think that decision has had any bearing on their sales. Best Buy and Amazon must be thrilled to hear about one less competitor.