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Apple's Back to School Promo Launching Wednesday With $100 iTunes Gift Cards?

Following a couple of missed rumored launch dates, a report surfaced over the weekend indicating that Apple will finally be launching its annual Back to School promotion this Wednesday. A new report from 9 to 5 Mac corroborates that claim and adds a new wrinkle -- instead of a free iPod as in years past, Apple will be offering $100 iTunes gift cards to education customers purchasing new Macs.
In year's past, Apple's Back to School promotion offered students their usual educational discount plus a free iPod with any purchase of a Mac. This year, 9to5Mac has been told, will be very different. In fact, Apple will not be offering free iPods during this promotion but will instead offer a $100 iTunes gift card.
Such an offer will likely be a letdown for a number of users who have been holding out on Mac purchases in hopes of picking up a free iPod. The free iPod offer has typically been good for the low-end iPod touch, which usually comes in in the $200-$230 range, meaning that this year's offer would contain considerably less value and be for media rather than hardware.

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74 months ago
tradition fail.
Rating: 27 Votes
74 months ago
Hey, gotta pay for this somehow...
Rating: 25 Votes
74 months ago

Hope this isn't true.

Seems especially lame with MS offering an XBox 360.

Rating: 23 Votes
74 months ago
Hmmm I was hoping they upgraded to an iPad, not downgraded to a $100 gift card...
Rating: 22 Votes
74 months ago
Apple should really offer that $200 incentive towards iPads... it would offer competition vs the free XBox for $700+ PCs...
Rating: 20 Votes
74 months ago
the free ipod was the only reason i went back to school in the first what am i gonna do
Rating: 18 Votes
74 months ago
Please NO!!
I don't need no stinking iTunes card.
Rating: 17 Votes
74 months ago
considering that microsoft is giving free xbox 360s to students starting this year, it makes little sense for apple to decide to now stop their free ipod program. It's not like they're running low on $ or anything.
Rating: 16 Votes
74 months ago
I lose a lot of respect for Apple if this is true.
Microsoft is giving an Xbox 360 and all Apple gives is a crappy little ITUNES gift card?!
Rating: 16 Votes
74 months ago
This really sux for students.. And .Kinda kills the deal
Rating: 14 Votes

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