For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with BlackPods to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a pair of AirPods that have been painted black to better match darker devices. Our last BlackPods giveaway was one of the most popular we've done, so we thought we'd get a second pair of BlackPods out to one of you.

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If you missed our first giveaway, BlackPods takes a set of Apple's AirPods and then paints them using a proprietary coating system that's been designed just for the AirPods. It uses a three-phase finishing procedure for a high-quality finish, and each pair of BlackPods is completed by hand and given a "rigorous" quality inspection.

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BlackPods sells the BlackPods Classic in a high-gloss black finish, and the BlackPods Stealth in a matte satin finish. The company charges $279 for the BlackPods Classic, while the BlackPods Stealth are priced at $299. Apple's AirPods are normally priced at $159, so that's a $120 to $140 premium, but the finish is impeccable and is otherwise unobtainable.

Along with selling finished sets of painted AirPods, BlackPods also allows customers to send previously purchased AirPods for customization. The painting service costs $99 for glossy black and $119 for matte black. The process takes approximately 10 days and covers both the AirPods and the Case.

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BlackPods are simply re-painted AirPods, so the functionality is the same as standard AirPods directly from Apple, with a W1 chip for simple pairing, long battery life, accelerometer-based ear detection, and gesture support.

We have one full set of BlackPods to give away to a MacRumors reader, with the winner able to choose either the Stealth or Classic finish. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (September 8) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 15. The winner will be chosen randomly on September 15 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

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Top Rated Comments

BeefSupreme Avatar
47 months ago
I didn't even know these existed! I didn't buy the white ones because well, they look like tampons hanging out of your ears. If apple doesn't come out with some black ones on Tuesday, I think I'll order these.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrMac2015 Avatar
47 months ago
How complex can it be to stick some AirPods in the post?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Relentless Power Avatar
47 months ago
Hopefully Apple will expand on a black color as well eventually with the Airpods. But this is a nice giveaway.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bryan Bowler Avatar
47 months ago
Once you go black, you’ll never go back!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xkrystofx Avatar
47 months ago
such a shame its not international!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GadgetBen Avatar
47 months ago
These look awesome.

Who would rather drill a hole into their iPhone to fit wired headphones, instead of owning a pair of these?

Oh, wait....
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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