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As a kid, or even as a university student, if anyone had mentioned back-to-school shopping, sales, gear, or anything else this early in the game, I’d definitely have lost it on them. The summer has yet to begin, just let me get my bearings! Still, if […]

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As a kid, or even as a university student, if anyone had mentioned back-to-school shopping, sales, gear, or anything else this early in the game, I’d definitely have lost it on them. The summer has yet to begin, just let me get my bearings!

Still, if I were to make an exception, I’d make it for Apple’s annual back-to-school promotion, during which the company offers a free iPod to all education customers when they purchase a new Mac.

The iPod in question, or at least the most expensive one that qualifies for the deal, is the 8GB iPod touch (which is probably nearing end-of-life, but hey, it’s free, and it’s still great hardware), which you buy along with your MacBook when you make your purchases. When you receive both items, you fill out and submit an online claim (which must be done by Oct. 8 to qualify), and Apple will reimburse you for the total amount of the iPod — not quite as insidious as a mail-in rebate, but not nearly as straightforward as a complete freebie, either.

If you’re not keen on the iPod touch, or for some reason you just want to save Apple some money, you also have the option of getting any iPod of lesser value, including an 8GB or 16GB Nano, a 120GB Classic, or a 4GB Shuffle with rebates of varying amounts according to which you choose. On top of that, you also get the standard education customer discount on whatever model Mac you’re buying, so the total savings end up being pretty significant.

Not all Macs are eligible for the promotion, so hopefully, you didn’t just read the first half of this article and then go buy a Mac mini and an iPod touch. The mini, along with any refurbished Macs, won’t get you the free iPod, although any other model will, including all notebooks, the Mac Pro, and the iMac. Offering the relatively inexpensive Mac mini along with the discount probably cuts too close to the profitability line for Apple’s comfort.

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  1. In the UK you don’t get the 8GB free, you get a rebate of £145 where the actual cost of the iPod Touch is £165 so you’re £20 short however its better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!

  2. In the UK you don’t get the 8GB free, you get a rebate of £145 where the actual cost of the iPod Touch is £165 so you’re £20 short however its better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!

    I did the calculations and, the rebate given to Americans is exactly the same as the rebate given to us, at the current exchange rate. Further, the difference in price between an American and British iPod touch is due to VAT. No reason to complain in this instance!

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  4. It’s not ALL education customers, as your article says. It’s only for college students and faculty at grade school and colleges. It’s not applicable for students or parents of students in grade school.

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  6. I think you get the full amount off. I am sure you’re not taking into account the fact that you get an educational discount on the iPod Touch of £20. Therefore £145 off is full discount.

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