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Apple‘s AirPods continue to be one of the most popular wireless earbuds on the market, with their signature stark-white design and consistently clear audio making the buds a must-have accessory for both music lovers and casual listeners alike.
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But Apple’s AirPods Max Headphones have also become a hit, both with casual music fans and top artists alike (think everyone from Dua Lipa to the ladies of Blackpink). Now, a surprise summer sale ahead of Prime Day gets you the AirPods Max for its cheapest price ever, marked down to just $479 on Amazon.com and on BestBuy.com.
Apple AirPods Max
The deal gets you a whopping $70 off the AirPods Max Headphones — down from its regular price of $549.99. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for a pair of Apple’s headphones since the spring. Choose from five colorways: Space Gray, Silver, Green, Pink and Sky Blue.
While Amazon is a great place to score an Apple deal, BestBuy’s Apple deal also includes three months of free streaming on Apple TV+ and four months of free access to Apple Music, when you purchase the AirPods Max on BestBuy.com. See full details here.
That’s not the only good Apple deal online right now: Apple rarely offers discounts on its own website, but we’ve found discounted prices for AirPods and EarPods online on Amazon. Here’s what else to expect from this surprise Apple sale.
1. AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)
Apple’s AirPods Pro face a lot of steep competition from the likes of Sony and Bowers & Wilkins, but they’re still the best wireless earbuds in our testing — and they’re on sale right now. They sound good, feel comfortable, last a fairly long time, and their active noise cancelling is seriously impressive. Best of all, they work well with Windows and Android devices, too.
Ahead of Apple’s latest announcement, which unveiled the second-generation AirPods Pro with USB-C charging instead of a Lightning port, the current AirPods Pro are discounted to just $219 — 12% off from its regular price of $249+.
AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)
2. AirPods (2nd Gen)
The cheapest price on a pair of AirPods right now is on the 2nd-generation AirPods, with Amazon’s promo getting you the classic white earbuds for just $99. The wireless earbuds use the Bluetooth 5.0 standard for easy pairing to your phone and laptop, while the included charging case gets you up to 24 hours of playtime.
Note: unlike the AirPods Pro above, the regular AirPods don’t have noise-cancellation technology built in. But $99 for any earbuds (let alone AirPods) is a steal, so this is a deal you’ll want to take advantage of.
Apple AirPods (2nd Generation)
3. AirPods (3rd Gen)
The Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) are our daily go-to pair for listening to music and taking calls at work, and they’re $10 off right now on Amazon. The super comfortable buds are sweat and water-resistant and get you up to 30 hours of battery life with the included wireless charging case.
A big upgrade from the 2nd Gen AirPods, the new buds offer spatial audio — a clearer, more detailed way to hear your music. Sound seemingly “floats” around you rather than directly at you, making for a wider, more impressive soundspace.
Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)
4. AirPods Max Wireless Headphones
Apple’s AirPods Max combine great audio quality in a premium over-ear headphone design. They feature active noise cancelling to help seal off outside noise when you’re listening to music, or taking a call. Switch over to “transparency mode” when you want to listen to music but still hear the environment around you (say, to hear traffic while you’re running or to chat with a co-worker).
As mentioned earlier, these Apple headphones have rarely gone on sale since they launched, but they were discounted for Black Friday and are back on sale now. Regularly $549+, Amazon’s AirPods Max sale has the headphones marked down to just $479.99 — a $70 discount. Get them on Amazon here or on BestBuy.com here.
Apple AirPods Max
5. Apple EarPods
The cheapest Apple earbuds deal right now is on the Apple EarPods. They’re not ‘AirPods’ but they are official Apple earbuds and an affordable pick for fans of the brand. The connect via the lightning connector and are the only wired option on this list. They’re also currently down to just under $17 — a 41% discount.
Even though they’re priced incredibly low, they deliver decent audio quality, thanks to their unusual design. The built-in remote lets you adjust the sound volume too and the built-in mic means you can take work calls straight from these wired earphones.
These wired earbuds are great for work (to plug into your laptop), for travel (to plug into the airplane audio socket) or just for listening to music or taking calls at home.
Note: all of these AirPod deals were live as of this writing but as with all Amazon sales, prices are subject to change. We recommend adding these AirPods to your cart now to take advantage of the limited-time discounts before the prices go up again. See more Apple AirPods deals online here.
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