This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

While Prime Day doesn’t officially start until June 21, we’re already seeing discounts on Apple’s AirPods line. Amazon and Walmart are still generally the best places to find discounts that are up to $50 off what you’d otherwise pay at the Apple Store. That includes the first big discounts we’ve seen on the AirPods Max. 

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. 

AirPods pricing 2021

Model Apple Store price Best price right now Best all-time price
AirPods Pro $249 $197 $169
AirPods $159 $119 $99
AirPods with wireless charging case $199 $150 $130
AirPods Max $549 $499 $499

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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 more for headphones than 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, these headphones have seen their first markdowns in recent days: They’re fully $50 off at Amazon and other vendors.

Read our AirPods Max review.

 

This article is updated frequently to reflect current pricing.