MacRumors Giveaway: Win Custom-Painted Black AirPods From BlackPods

Our BlackPods giveaways have been extremely popular with MacRumors readers, so this week, we've once again teamed up with BlackPods to offer you a chance to win a pair of AirPods that have been custom-painted black to better match darker devices.

Black AirPods pair especially well with the new iPhone X, which features an OLED display with a thin black bezel even on the iPhone X models that come in silver.


BlackPods takes a standard pair of Apple AirPods and then paints them black using a proprietary coating system. The company uses a three-phase finishing process for a high-quality coating of paint that's not going to chip, fade, scuff, or wear off.

Each pair of BlackPods is completed by hand and is given a rigorous inspection to ensure a flawless finish. There are two options when it comes to BlackPods -- the BlackPods classic, with a high-gloss look, and the BlackPods Stealth, which has a matte satin finish.


BlackPods charges $279 for the BlackPods Classic and $299 for the BlackPods Stealth, a $120 to $140 premium over Apple's standard AirPods, but it's the only way to get a unique black finish on your AirPods.

Along with selling finished sets of painted AirPods, BlackPods also lets customers send previously purchased AirPods in for customization. This process costs $99 for the glossy black and $119 for the matte black, and it takes approximately 10 days to complete. Painting of both the AirPods and the case is included in the price.


Because BlackPods are re-painted AirPods, the full AirPods functionality remains intact, with a W1 chip for simple pairing, a long battery life, an accelerometer for ear detection, and gesture support.

We have one set of BlackPods to give away to a MacRumors reader, with the winner able to choose a 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 winners and send the prizes. 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 or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory 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.

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The contest will run from today (November 10) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 17. The winner will be chosen randomly on November 17 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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12 months ago
I cannot understand why Apple does t make these in black.
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12 months ago
I'd like a flesh color option
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12 months ago

Great gift. Nobody else enter. Please?


Shoot - if I'd only read your comment before I entered... sorry!
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12 months ago

Someone paints Air Pods black, gives them away, and it's news. Air Pods are okay, but they are another Apple product with mysterious success. They are ugly, they unpair, get loose, and have about the same function as a good pair of Bluetooth ear buds. What is the draw over these?? I returned my pair within a week and bought some buds that actually stay in the ear and don't draw stares.


HINT: Don’t Enter and you won’t win — GUARANTEED!

You’re welcome
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12 months ago

I'd like a flesh color option

That's like saying you'd like one the color of hair. They'll need you to be more specific.

If you did get a pair that matched your skin, people would wonder what caused those growths that deformed your ears.

You don't want to look like a TED speaker with one of those skin-tone mic windscreens that look like a wart, do you?
Rating: 2 Votes
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12 months ago

How does the BlackPods version compare to Colorware's, quality-/durability-wise? Anyone?


I decided to buy BlackPods over ColorWare after watching this: [MEDIA=youtube]u6dD8SGzXAU[/MEDIA]

I think you need to be careful with both of them. No matter how durable the paint is, there is still white underneath which will be exposed if you drop them.
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12 months ago

I have the matte black version of these. Love ‘em.


I have a matte pair, and my wife has a gloss pair. We've had them for a few months and they've held up pretty well.
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12 months ago
I have the matte black version of these. Love ‘em.
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12 months ago

Someone paints Air Pods black, gives them away, and it's news. Air Pods are okay, but they are another Apple product with mysterious success. They are ugly, they unpair, get loose, and have about the same function as a good pair of Bluetooth ear buds. What is the draw over these?? I returned my pair within a week and bought some buds that actually stay in the ear and don't draw stares.

Maybe because absolutely none of those things are true, at least not for most of us. They fit. They pair more reliably than any bluetooth headphones I've ever used. They never fall out or feel loose. They switch quickly and seamlessly between current generation Apple devices (and a little less seamlessly between older Apple devices). They are reliably sweat resistant. (I've been running in mine for 10 months, longer than any pair of headphones has ever survived for me, even supposedly sweatproof Jaybirds.)

And though I would like a black pair. They look just fine in white. One day last week, on a bike trail at a local park, I saw four other runners wearing them out of maybe a dozen solo runners. And though it's not a random sampling, three out of six of us in my group at work have them. Two others thought they looked so stupid in my ears that they bought some for themselves.
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12 months ago
Why doesn't apple make these in black, I'd buy them.
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