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Today in Apple history: AirPods arrive to conquer the audio world

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Today in Apple history: They looked weird at first, but now it's impossible to remember a world without AirPods.
They looked weird at first, but now it's impossible to remember a world without AirPods.
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December 13: Today in Apple history: Original AirPods launch December 13, 2016: After months of anticipation and delay, Apple finally releases AirPods. The tiny wireless earbuds arrive in Apple’s online store just in time for holiday shoppers looking for stocking stuffers.

Like so many Apple products, they aren’t the first such earbuds to arrive on the scene. However, their rapid success will fuel a wireless listening revolution.

Get workout-ready Powerbeats3 earphones at big savings

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Get long-lasting, workout-ready wireless audio with up to 12 hours of Bluetooth listening on a single charge.
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Few pieces of technology are as personal as earbuds, so it’s worth finding the right set. That’s especially true if you like to work out, which makes sweat-resistance and long battery life a must. That’s exactly what Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones deliver. And we’ve got a great deal on these workout-ready earphones.

Beats X are better than AirPods in almost every way [Reviews]

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The Beats X are worth listening to.
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I’ve never been a fan of Beats headphones. Whenever I’ve given them a go, I’ve found the sound quality to be less than stellar, with far too much bass. So when Apple unveiled Beats X wireless headphones alongside the AirPods last fall, the weird-looking white ones grabbed my attention.

Now that I’ve had a chance to try them both, it’s clear I got that backward. I give you all the details on Beats X versus AirPods in my Beats X review below.

BeatsX wireless earphones are finally available to buy

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Finally they're here!
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Apple’s new BeatsX earphones are finally available for customers to buy, both in brick-and-mortar Apple stores and online.

The $149.95 earphones are available in four colors — black, white, gray and blue — although you’ll have to wait 7 to 10 business days to receive the latter two colors.

Long-awaited BeatsX earphones finally arriving this week

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Save big on a pair of BeatsX
Coming this Friday to an Apple store near you.
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After leaving us hanging for five months, Apple’s new BeatsX headphones will finally go on sale this Friday, according to a new report.

The $150 wireless headphones will be available in white and black, as well as previously unannounced gray and blue options — although these will ship further down the line.