Apple 2008 Back to School promo: buy a Mac get a free iPod touch - save up to $529

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By: switchtoamac at: 2:51 PM on June 3, 2008 | Comments (0)
Apple has announced the 2008 Back-To-School promotion. Qualified students, faculty, and staff can get a free iPod touch or iPod nano when they purchase a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac (17" model excluded) or Mac Pro.

The promotion runs from June 3 through September 15 of this year.  This is the most aggressive back to school promotion in the company's history and offers substantial savings because the free iPod comes on top of the Mac education discount.

Save up to $529 (USD)
The free iPod itself offers buyers up to $299 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.  The following lists the MAX education discount on pre-configured Mac models eligible in the promotion: (note total savings are in parenthesis)

  • MacBook Air: $230 ($529)
  • Mac Pro: $200 ($499)
  • MacBook Pro: $200 ($499)
  • iMac: $140 ($439)
  • MacBook: $100 ($399)
Note that buyers have the option of a $199 rebate towards the purchase of an iPod nano but can maximize the rebate by opting for the iPod touch rebate.

Apple has posted the Terms and Conditions of the offer in the following PDF.  Clearly, Apple is attempting to increase the base of iPod touch users.  The iPod Touch runs the same operating system found on the iPhone and will be able to run future "iPhone applications" released via the upcoming iTunes App Store.

Steps to get your iPod

  1. Shop for a Mac.
    • Choose a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac (17" model excluded) or Mac Pro
  2. Buy an iPod.
    • Purchase an iPod touch or an 8GB iPod nano
  3. Submit your rebate.
    • After you receive your Mac and iPod, complete your rebate form online by October 15

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