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The Apple 2009 Back to School promotion: 'Buy a Mac for college and get a free iPod touch' - save up to $719 on your purchase [updated]
Apple has announced the 2009 Back-To-School promotion. Qualified students, faculty, and staff can get a free iPod when they purchase a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro. A total savings of $719 can be achieved by combining a qualifying Mac, iPod, printer, and software.
- 8GB: Free after rebate
- 16GB: Just $70 after rebate
- 32GB: Just $170 after rebate
- Free after rebate
- Free after rebate
- Just $20 after rebate
The promotion runs from May 27 through September 8. This year's promotion starts and ends one week earlier than the 2008 promotion and also offers a large enough rebate to cover the cost of an 8GB iPod touch.
The 2009 offer is is one of the most aggressive back to school promotions to date as it offers substantial savings to buyers as it combines a rebate in addition to the Mac education discount.
Save up to $719 (USD)
The free iPod itself offers buyers up to $229 rebate towards the purchase of an iPod touch thus making the 8GB version free. When combined with the Mac education discount, buyers can save up to $529 (USD) on the combined purchase of a qualifying Mac and iPod. The following lists the MAX education discount on pre-configured Mac models eligible in the promotion: (note total savings are in parenthesis):
- MacBook: $100 ($329)
- MacBook Pro: $200 ($429)
- MacBook Air: $200 ($429)
- iMac: $100 ($329)
- Mac Pro: $200 or $300 depending on model ($429 or $529)
- iWork - save $30
- MobileMe - save $30
- Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac - save $15
Steps to get your iPod
- Shop for a Mac.
- Buy a qualifying iPod.
- Submit your rebate.
White MacBook update
In related news, Apple today also updated the white MacBook.
Although it is not clearly detailed on the Apple Store, the Mac Pro does qualify for the Back To School promotion. This article has been updated to reflect these savings.