Apple Announces Back To School Deal: Buy A New Mac And Get A Free $100 iTunes Gift Card

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Apple today finally took the wraps off its annual, highly anticipated back to school deal with a major new twist: the traditional free iPod Touch has been replaced with the new deal being the usual discounts on all Macs and a free $100 iTunes gift card that can be used in any of Apple’s iTunes stores (iTunes, App Store for iPhone/iPad, Mac App Store and iBookstore).

While we don’t know why Apple decided not to do free iPod Touches again this year (or even better, some discount on an iPad with the purchase of a new Mac) the deal, which runs from today, June 16th,  through September 20th, is still pretty good in our opinion. Think about it, most of us have iPods– or are using our phones as our iPods– now anyway so unless you really needed a new one, getting $100 to spend in iTunes and getting apps for your new Mac can be very valuable (as Apple puts it: “so you can get Pages, Numbers and Keynote for your studies. And still have plenty left for your study breaks.”). Oh, and the brand new, upcoming OS X Lion will be free to anyone who buys a new Mac now and before whenever the official launch date is, so you don’t have to worry about buying that for $30 next month either.

Now a lot of you want to know what’s different between this new 2011 Apple back-to-school deal and Microsoft’s offer of a free Xbox 360 with any new PC $699 or higher. There actually is a lot. Beyond the fact that Microsoft’s deal is cheaper (you can buy a PC for $699 and get the free 360 whereas the cheapest MacBook– the one from last year and not the new MacBook Pros— is $899 even after the $100 discount), Microsoft’s deal is also open for any current high school or college student unlike Apple’s which looks to be only college (the official language is “college students or students accepted to college” so incoming college freshmen you’re still good. Parents of college students and teachers of any grade are also eligible so if you’ve got a sibling in college or a nice teacher you can still get in on this deal). Microsoft is also giving away more in terms of the free add-on (an Xbox 360 4 GB is $200 whereas even if you include Lion in the Apple deal you’re still at $130).

I guess what it really comes down to which would you rather game on: Xbox 360 or Mac/iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch? Let us know your pick of which deal you think is better in the comments.

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Posted on June 16, 2011, in Apple, Back to School, Computers, Microsoft and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. What a crock!!!!!!

  2. Fresno Attorney

    Good deal at the moment.

  3. The specs on the new systems make this deal much better than the one run last year.

    I’m envious.

  4. This would be perfect if Microsoft Office was offered in the app store. Still hoping that microsoft gets on board before I buy the new MBA around August. Im already going to be spending quite a bit, and now I STILL have to buy office on top of the air. :/

  5. I love OSx system but I need PC for my studies (CCNA) and so this deal is kind of perplexing… the xbox is alluring but I’m so tired of PCs…. it’s kind of messed up in my opinion that they aren’t doing the iPod again this year.. I have been looking forward to it since I skipped the deal the first couple times… 😦 maybe I’ll do the Mac w/ BootCamp.. who knows..

  6. I’ll take it. I’ve already got an iPod touch, most of my friends do. $100 of apps goes a long way, especially since I get to pick and choose the software I want.

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