Apple Quietly Hires Omnifone Engineers, Reportedly Picks Up Tech Assets

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Pedestrians walk by the new flagship Apple Store on May 19, 2016 in San Francisco. 

Apple recently acquired both talent and technology from defunct cloud-based music platform Omnifone. According to a TechCrunch report, at least 16 employees from Omnifone began working for Apple starting in August, with most new hires on LinkedIn listed as software engineers and engineering managers working on iTunes and other apps. 

Apple confirmed with Billboard that "some" former Omnifone employees are now working for the company, but did not go into head count. Apple also did not comment on reports that it purchased tech assets from Omnifone, a subject of speculation since July, when it was reported that the London-based company had found a buyer for some of its parts.

Founded in 2003, Omnifone provided licensing and backend services for a variety of cloud-based digital music services, including Neil Young's Pono, before entering administration in May 2016 after determining it could not meet its debt liabilities. At the time of administration, Omnifone’s parent company said it had £1,418 in cash at bank, and was owed over £21.6 million in intercompany debts by its subsidiaries.