Deal: Subscribe to Apple Music and get $70 Beats Flex earphones for free

Apple in this limited-time promotion is giving students who subscribe to Apple Music a free pair of Beats Flex earphones, which retail for $70.

A scene from Apple's ad showing a young black student wearing a pair of Beats Flex earphones and walking down the street
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  • Who can apply? New paid Apple Music student subscribers in the United States and the United Kingdom are eligible for this promotion.
  • When does the promo end? This is a limited-time promotion. The offer has been running since June 22, 2022, but Apple has not said when it will expire.
  • How much is Apple Music? The Student plan cost $5/month, but the pricing was recently adjusted so now this subscription will set you back $6/month.

Apple Music deal: How to get free Beats Flex

Eligible students in the US and UK will get a free pair of Beats Flex earphones with a paid student plan subscription. Only new Apple Music student subscribers are eligible for this promotion. If you’re a student who lives in the US and UK and you previously subscribed to Apple Music, you’re not eligible for the promo. The same goes for non-US and non-UK students: This isn’t a global promotion.

To qualify for an Apple Music student subscription, you must be a student studying a bachelor’s degree, post-graduate degree or equivalent higher education course at a university or college (US only). To participate, you’ll need to verify your eligibility as a student through Apple or a third party. Read: How to fix cracking audio, buzzing and static noises in your AirPods or Beats headphones

It pays to read the fine print:

You will only become eligible for the free Beats Flex earphones upon making your first monthly payment for your Apple Music student subscription (i.e., you will not become eligible during your free trial). If you cancel your subscription during your free offer period, you will not be eligible for this offer.

And this is how you’ll collect your free Beat Flex earphones:

Within 30 days after you have become eligible, Apple will email you instructions for redeeming your free pair of Beats Flex earphones. Within 90 days of receiving this email, you must successfully follow these instructions to receive your earphones. You may be given the option to redeem earphones in various colors. If the color you order is not in stock, Apple will send you available earphones in a color of its choosing. The earphones can be shipped to you only at a mailing address in the region in which you have subscribed to Apple Music student.

You can’t combine this deal with other promotional offers from Apple. For further information, be sure to read the complete terms and conditions available on Apple’s website [PDF document]. Current deals are listed at For a step-by-step guide explaining how to become an Apple Music student subscriber, be sure to check out Apple’s support document.

Are Beats Flex truly wireless headphones?

In a word, no. Unlike the AirPods which have no wire between the individual earbuds, the Beats Flex do have a wire featuring durable Nitinol construction to connect them. As a bonus, you’ll also get four ear tip options for a personalized fit.

What’s to like about the Beats Flex?

As for the key features, the Beats Flex offer impressive battery life, with Apple claiming up to twelve hours of music playback on a single charge. A quick ten-minute charge is enough to give you an additional 1.5 hours of music playback. Because they’re equipped with Apple’s W1 chip, the Beats Flex not only instantly pair and switch between your Apple devices but also feature Find My integration and support audio sharing. They’re equipped with magnets, which lets you easily coil them up into a pocket or purse without the cord getting tangled.

Pricing and availability

Released back in December 2020 at a launch price of $50 per pair, the Beats Flex became the first Apple product to fall victim to coronavirus-induced component shortages. The following year, Apple jacked up the Beats Flex price to $70, a $20 increase over the original asking price. The Beats Flex earphones are available from, its authorized retailers and sellers such as and others.

They come in four colors: Flame Blue, Beats Black, Smoke Gray and Yuzu Yellow.