The best Apple AirPods and Beats Wireless headphone deals


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Apple’s big 2019 launch event is now over. And if you were delaying an AirPods purchase in anticipation of a new model with active noise cancellation or those rumored over-ear noise-canceling headphones, you’ll probably have to continue to wait until 2020. 

That noted, the current-generation AirPods (with the nifty wireless charging case) have been selling at a discount for months — usually $10 off Apple’s $199 list price. For a few weeks in August, they dipped to $155. At the moment, Amazon, B&H and others are offering them for $170.

Though it’s hard to find brand-new first-gen AirPods at this point, there are other wireless headphones in Apple’s portfolio available for under list price, too. The PowerBeats3 Wireless headphones cost $200 when you buy from Apple, but Walmart has them for $91. And the $200 Beats Solo3 headphones are currently available at Best Buy for $130.

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One thing to consider: Apple offers free custom engraving on all AirPods cases when you buy from it directly. You’ll get no such offer from third-party retailers such as Amazon. 

Apple AirPods and Beats wireless headphones discounts, compared

Model List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
AirPods (2nd gen) $159 $145 $140
AirPods (2nd gen) with wireless charging case $199 $170 $155
Wireless charging case $79 $69 $69
Beats Solo3 $200 $130 $130
PowerBeats3 Wireless $200 $91 $90
BeatsX $100 $85 $85

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Apple AirPods (2nd gen) discounts

Apple AirPods with standard charging case: $145 (save $14).

Apple AirPods with wireless charging case: $170 (save $30).

Apple wireless charging case (case only, no AirPods): $69 (save $10). Note that Amazon is currently out of stock but will still allow you to purchase at the sale price. 

Beats wireless headphones and earbuds discounts

Beats Solo3: $130 (save $70)

PowerBeats3: $91 (save $109).

BeatsX: $85 (save $15).

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Originally published last month. Regularly updated to reflect new sale prices.

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