I don't think that beats are the end of the world. I have a pair myself, you are barking up the wrong tree. The later models are pretty good. Personally I wouldn't buy them as I think they are still a bit overpriced. But I don't judge people for buying beats. Just showed two different "impressions" that people might have, one wanted a fashion statement the other thought they are the best they could possibly buy. I wasn't talking about the quality, sound quality etc. just perception.
I am happy that marketing works, I work in a marketing services company. :-)
Great work on the pic, cb3723 XD
As for me, I think Beats just put so much money into their marketing strategy that they have no choice but to price their products high to get them the profits to pay off the "artists" which endorse them. They don't even deserve to be called artists.