For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with BlackPods to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a AirPods that have been custom-painted in black or space gray. We've partnered with BlackPods to give away several sets of AirPods, and they're always our most popular giveaways.

If you haven't come across BlackPods before, the company takes a regular set of boring white AirPods and then paints them in one of three sleek, unique shades of black or gray using a proprietary painting system.

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BlackPods uses a multi-phase painting process for a high-quality coating of paint that's not going to chip, fade, scuff, or otherwise get damaged from regular usage. Each set of BlackPods is completed by hand and given a rigorous inspection to ensure a flawless finish.

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When BlackPods first launched, there were two colors -- the BlackPods Classic with a high-gloss finish and the BlackPods Stealth, with a matte satin finish -- but BlackPods this year introduced a stylish new Space Gray shade that has an iPhone-style metallic finish.

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BlackPods cost $279 for the original high gloss finish or $299 for matte black or space gray, which is a $120+ premium over standard AirPods, but it's one of the only ways to get AirPods in a darker shade that better matches Apple's Space Gray iPhones.

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If you already have AirPods, BlackPods has a service for the painting process alone. You can send in your AirPods and BlackPods will paint them for you. It takes about 10 days and it costs $99 to $119, with that price covering the cost of both the AirPods and the AirPods Charging Case.

BlackPods are repainted AirPods, so the full AirPods functionality remains intact, with a W1 chip for simple pairing, a long battery life, a built-in accelerometer for ear detection, iCloud support for device switching, and gesture support.

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We have one set of BlackPods to give away to a MacRumors reader, with the winner able to choose a Stealth, Classic, or Space gray 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 winners and send 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.

The contest will run from today (March 30) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 6. The winner will be chosen randomly on April 6 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

69Mustang Avatar
77 months ago
This is going to be one of the more popular give aways.
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Kabeyun Avatar
77 months ago
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, or to seem ungrateful, but those inspired by painted AirPods and who want to buy them if they don’t win them may want to look at ColorWare instead. I’ve read some complaints about paint precision and durability from BlackPods. They also bring the color right up to the ear hole instead of a round patch around it. I’m sure the winning pair will be perfect. ColorWare is a little more expensive but offers a huge color lineup, not just black or space gray.

I can’t speak to any of this personally, and I’m no shill for ColorWare, but I am eagerly awaiting my pair (they’re backlogged about two months) of matte black AirPods in a shiny Ferrari red case. :cool: I should be able to speak to their quality in about a month.
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69Mustang Avatar
77 months ago
I have a pair of the “regular” and “boring” AirPods and am not really interested in having AirPods that are even easier to lose. Black and gray colored small things seem like highly unintuitive colors for things that could easily fall into corners of bags, under couches, and who knows where else. Two days into owning my pair, I was sitting on a plane and dropped one of them under my seat. I could not see it anywhere. Luckily from her angle, the lady sitting behind me could and so she was polite enough to return it to me. Ever sine then I’ve been glad for the airpods being white. BlackPods should expand their colors to a spectrum that doesn’t include the colors of the night.
Plenty of people want the black and other colors of AirPods. With the amount of products that have come in black over the centuries, people know how to work around the "lost things" conundrum.;):D

They look much better as well. imo of course.
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