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LitterAirPods continue to be one of the most popular wireless headphones on the market, with their all-white design and consistently clear audio making the headphones a must-have accessory for music lovers and casual listeners alike.
But Apple's AirPods Max headphones have also become a hit, both among casual music fans and mainstream artists (think everyone from Dua Lipa to the women of Blackpink). Now, a surprise holiday sale gets you the AirPods Max for the cheapest price ever, discounted to just $479 at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com.
The deal offers a $70 discount on the AirPods Max headphones – down from the regular price of $549.99. This is the lowest price we've seen for a pair of Apple headphones since the spring. Choose from five colors: Space Grey, 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 buy the AirPods Max at BestBuy.com. See all the details here.
That's not the only good Apple deal online right now: Apple rarely offers discounts on its own site, but we found discounted prices for AirPods and EarPods online at Amazon. Here's what else to expect from this surprise Apple sale.
1. AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
Apple's AirPods Pro face a lot of competition from the likes of Sony and Beats, but they're still the best wireless earbuds in our tests — and they're on sale now at Amazon. AirPods are the most complete and balanced pair of headphones on the market: they sound good, they're comfortable, they last a long time and their active noise cancellation is truly impressive.
After Apple latest announcementwhich revealed the second-generation AirPods Pro with USB-C charging instead of a Lightning port, the current AirPods Pro are discounted to just $199 – 20% off the regular price of $249+.
2. AirPods (2nd generation)
The cheapest price for a pair of AirPods right now is for the 2nd generation AirPods, with Amazon's sale offering the classic white earbuds for just $99. The wireless earbuds use the Bluetooth 5.0 standard for easy pairing with your phone and laptop, while the included charging case offers up to 24 hours of playback.
Note: Unlike the AirPods Pro above, regular AirPods do not have built-in noise cancellation technology. But $99 for any headphones (let alone AirPods) is a steal, so this is a deal you'll want to take advantage of.
3. AirPods (3rd generation)
The Apple AirPods (3rd generation) are our everyday pair for listening to music and taking calls at work, and they're now $30 off at Amazon. The super-comfortable buds are sweat and water resistant and offer up to 30 hours of battery life with the included wireless charging case.
A major upgrade from the 2nd generation AirPods, the new buds deliver spatial audio – a clearer, more detailed way to hear your music. Sound seemingly “floats” around you, rather than directly at you, creating a wider, more impressive sound space.
4. AirPods Max Wireless Earbuds
Apple's AirPods Max combine excellent audio quality in a premium headphone design. They feature active noise cancellation to help isolate outside noise when you listen to music or answer a call. Switch to “transparency mode” when you want to listen to music but still hear your surroundings (for example, to hear traffic while you run or to talk to a coworker).
As mentioned earlier, these Apple headphones have rarely gone on sale since they were released, but they were discounted on Black Friday and are now on sale again. Regularly over $549, Amazon's AirPods Max sale has the headphones marked down to just $479.99 – a $70 discount. Buy them on Amazon here or BestBuy.com here.
5. Apple EarPods
Apple's cheapest headphone deal right now is on the Apple EarPods. They're not 'AirPods', but they they are official Apple headphones and an affordable choice for fans of the brand. They connect via the lightning connector and are the only wired option on this list. They're also down to just $16.
Although they are incredibly low priced, they offer decent audio quality thanks to their unusual design. The built-in remote also lets you adjust the sound volume, and the built-in microphone means you can take work calls directly from these wired headphones.
These wired headphones are great for work (to connect to your laptop), for traveling (to connect to the plane's audio jack), or just for listening to music or taking calls at home.
With over 270,000 customer reviews and a 4.6-star rating (out of five), Apple EarPods are an easy choice.
Note: All of these AirPod deals are active at the time of this writing, but as with all Amazon sales, prices are subject to change. We recommend adding these headphone deals to your cart now to take advantage of the limited-time discounts before prices go up again. See more Apple AirPods deals online here.