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AirPods Pro drop to $179 at Amazon, AirPods 3 rumored to hit soon

Don't get your Apple headphones at the Apple Store. Here are the best prices right now.

Amazon just announced that it's starting to ramp up Black Friday-style deals earlier than ever, and among some of the best discounts the retailer is currently highlighting are discounts on Beats and Apple headphones, the latter of which are hovering at or near all-time low prices. The only "catch" is that the long-rumored next-gen AirPods may be announced later this month, possibly alongside new MacBook Pros

With that caveat firmly noted, you can still get within $10 of some of the best prices to date on the full range of current Apple headphones. Note that all of these headphones are compatible with Apple's new spatial audio features, but none of them will deliver the maximum quality of Apple's upcoming lossless audio format, which is too rich for the current Bluetooth wireless standard to handle. We update this story frequently to reflect current pricing. 

AirPods pricing 2021

Model Apple Store price Best price right now Best all-time price
AirPods Pro $249 $179 $169
AirPods $159 $109 $99
AirPods with wireless charging case $199 $129 $129
AirPods Max $549 $490 $449
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Apple's AirPods Pro were briefly as low as $169 at Walmart and $170 at Amazon for Black Friday. More recently, the wireless headphones have been ping-ponging between $190 and $200. Right now, they're available for $179 at Amazon, which is the best price we've seen in 2021. The bottom line: The closer you can find these to $190 (or less), the better.

Read our AirPods Pro review.

 

Walmart came in strong to the early Black Friday sale game by marking down the AirPods to $99 -- the lowest price ever. And now they're back down within $10 of that price. But we could see their successor model on store shelves within days.

Read our AirPods review.

 

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The AirPods with the wireless charging case are down to an all-time low price of $129 -- $30 less than you'd pay for the step-down model (with the wired charging case) at the Apple Store. 

Read our Apple AirPods 2019 review.

 

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The latest and greatest Apple headphones were announced in December. These are full-size models, chock-full of high-end features like noise cancellation, spatial audio and easy integration with Apple devices. Yes, paying about the same as you would for a PS5 may sound crazy, but here's the crazier thing: They're actually kinda worth it, so long as you don't feel burned by their lack of support for full lossless audio. After months of being backordered, summer 2021 saw the Max discounted as low as $449. Currently, some colors are $490 at Amazon -- that's $59 off the Apple Store price.

Read our AirPods Max review.