Dr. Dre's Beats By Dre are accordingy to police the crooks favorite thing to steal, along with iPhones. A few months ago in New York police busted a massive counterfeit ring that had over 4200 counterfeit Beats by Dre headphones. Showing their value on the black market. Also stolen Beats by Dre are very hard to trace back due to their lack of gps/seriel number system.
The city's thugs have a new favorite to go with their stolen iPhones — stolen Dr. Dre headphones. The legendary rapper's pricey, high-tech headphones, called Beats by Dr. Dre, are the new rage among bandits because they're seen as "status symbols," a police source said. Although they have yet to dethrone the iPhone as thieves' top target, the headphones — which retail for $300 to $500 — are being snatched from kids at an alarming rate since the latest model hit the market at around Christmas. "They're very hot among thieves," the source said. "It's like, 'I see it. I want it. I can have it. I'm taking it for me, or my sister needs a pair,' " the source said, adding that crooks also resell them. (New York Post)
In north Brooklyn alone there have been dozens of Beats stolen in the past four months. Still, getting exact numbers on how many Beats have been lifted is tricky, as police suspect their thefts are underreported (since they are untraceable and are rarely insured). Anecdotal evidence and police sources, however, show a growing problem that has even spread into "trendy" neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights. That's where, on April 17, a teen had his Beats stolen–and was punched in the face for the trouble. (Gothamist)
With all the headphone competition with the Beats by Dre, Snoop Dogg's Skullcandy's and SMS by 50 Cent to name a few. You would think the market was sewn up. NOPE. Lil Wayne is coming to the headphone game. While not giving much details, Lil Wayne said to MTV "Dr. Dre Beats, I've got my own beats coming out coming out soon. I get money.".