These great AirPods alternatives are on sale for less than $40 

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These Groundbreaking Earphones Feature Up to 3 Hours of Active Noise Cancellation, HiFi Sound & Bluetooth 5.1
You don't have to pay top dollar for quality wireless earbuds.
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There are a lot of things to love about AirPods: In fact, they’re one of the best Apple accessories out there. But one thing that’s not so hot about them? The $159 price tag (which goes up to $199 if you want a wireless charging case).

The price is especially forbidding considering how easily the little buds can be lost, dropped or stolen.

These AI-powered earbuds deliver optimized sound for 100 hours

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Noise cancellation when you need it. Premium audio at all times.
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We get it: You probably use your earbuds for everything from zoning in on a deadline to powering through the last few minutes of your morning run.

Unfortunately, immersive sound (where you can barely hear your surroundings) might seem good in theory. But just wait until your co-worker tries to flag you down in the office or you narrowly avoid a car during your morning walk.

Enjoy your music while staying active with these sporty AirPods alternatives

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These sweatproof and waterproof earbuds can stand up to your active lifestyle.
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While wired, over-the-ear headphones can make you feel like you’re in an actual music studio, wireless earbuds offer something no pair of headphones can: freedom. The freedom to listen to your favorite songs anywhere during any activity is what makes ditching the wire so appealing. And that’s exactly what sets apart the Skullcandy Push Ultra True Wireless Earbuds.

These wireless earphones last 6 times longer than AirPods [Deals]

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Kharbon IP67 Wireless Earbuds
These Bluetooth earbuds sport 150 hours of battery life, 100% water resistance, and they're a fraction the price of AirPods.
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When it comes to wireless earbuds, AirPods immediately spring to mind. But they also fetch a top-shelf price tag, so we’re excited to share earphones that are competitive with Apple’s — and yours for a fraction of the price.

Preorders for colorful Powerbeats Pro open Wednesday

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These are all the colors Powerbeats Pro will be available in soon.
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Apple’s Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones have been available in any color you want, as long as it’s black. That’s going to change later this week when pre-orders finally start for ivory, moss, and navy options.

IQbuds Boost wireless earbuds also help you hear better [Review]

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Nuheara IQbuds Boost
Beyond just music, IQbuds Boost make it easier to listen to friends and family.
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Nuheara’s IQbuds Boost work as Bluetooth headphones, but that’s only the start. They are really for people who need just a bit of help hearing. They aren’t true hearing aids, but might actually be better.

Take a listen to my review of these high-end wireless earbuds, along with an optional Bluetooth accessory that connects them to your TV.

Sony’s answer to AirPods boasts one big advantage

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But they’re not cheap.
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Sony’s new wireless earbuds are ready to take on AirPods.

The horribly named WF-1000XM3 promise the same impressive audio quality as Sony’s best-selling headphones — but in an earbud form factor. And they boast one big advantage.

Here’s why you might want to avoid Apple’s hottest accessory and pick up these instead.