MacRumors has today posted a report that Apple have filed trademark applications for the word marks B2, B3, B4 and B5 with the US Patent and Trademark Office in November, which have come alongside the marks Beats Two, Beats Three, Beats Four and Beats Five.
The application was spotted by the French website, Consomac who were the first to report the pending applications.
All of the trademark applications have been assigned to Beats Electronics, LLC, and include the same logo that Apple uses for the Beats 1 radio station. All of them are also posted under the broadcasting and streaming music-related categories, which could mean that Apple is finally looking at expanding its Beats radio station.
Here’s a segment from the listing:
Goods and Services: broadcasting and transmission of voice, data, images, music, audio, video, multimedia, television, and radio by means of telecommunications networks; broadcast and transmission of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of telecommunications networks; matching users for the transfer of music, audio, video, and multimedia by means of telecommunications networks; providing access to websites, databases, electronic bulletin boards, on-line forums, directories, music, and video and audio programs
According to reports, Apple already has licensing terms with record labels to create up to five more radio stations like Beats 1, without having to negotiate new terms, and this could mean that Apple will be able to launch various stations that are focused on specific genres.
It will certainly be interesting to see what Apple will do with the stations, if they finally release them. We expect news might come during their next event, which could be as early as the start of next year.