BeatsX, Appleâ€™s newest pair of $149 wireless earbuds, will finally hit store shelves tomorrow after a few months of delays. But it turns out thereâ€™s a slight silver lining, because buyers will find a card inside with a code thatâ€™s good for three free months of Apple Music â€” a $30 value. Better yet, Apple will also include the promo card in other Beats products, like the Powerbeats 3 Wireless, Solo 3 Wireless, Studio Wireless, and Beats Pill+ for a limited time.
Customers will have to register their headphones on the Beats By Dr. Dre website, and once thatâ€™s done they can plug in the code to get an Apple Music gift card that can be used for a three-month subscription. The offer applies to existing Apple Music subscribers, too â€” of which there are already 20 million.
The BeatsX earbuds arenâ€™t truly wireless like Appleâ€™s AirPods â€” instead, theyâ€™re connected by a wire that you have to wrap around the back of your neck. But theyâ€™re wireless in the sense that they connect to your phone over Bluetooth. BeatsX earbuds use the same W1 chip that Apple uses in AirPods and a few other Beats headphones, which allows for quick and easy device pairing (and a much more stable connection) when using them with an iPhone.
BeatsX are compatible with Android phones, but they have to be charged with a Lightning cable. Apple promises up to 8 hours of battery life, and the ability to get up to two hours of battery with just five minutes of charging. BeatsX arenâ€™t sweatproof, but the earbuds magnetically click together, and the cord is supposedly tangle-free, making them less of a hassle to stow away when theyâ€™re not in use.