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Happy birthday America! Celebrate by snapping up Apple AirPods Pro for $70 off

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Treat yourself to these small but mighty buds for the 4th! (Photo: Apple)

We're well into summer and all the lovely outdoor time that comes with it, which means it's high time for you to finally grab those Apple AirPods Pro you've been eyeing. Another reason to make that move right now: They're down to $180 — nearly $70 off — at Amazon for July 4th!

$180 $249 at Amazon

How do the AirPods Pro compare to previous models?

Good question. For one, they’re customizable. Big ears? Small ears? No problem. Whereas previous AirPod iterations subscribed to a one-size-fits-all approach, these state-of-the-art Pros provide a special 'Ear Tip Fit Test' so you can learn which size is best for you and your unique ear shape.

Apple also redesigned these buds with a silicone tip for a comfy fit so they’ll feel better in your ear and won’t slip out halfway through a workout.

Unlike previous versions of the iconic buds, the AirPods Pro feature active noise cancelling to block out nearly all ambient and background chatter. "The sound quality is great, the noise cancelling is good as well," wrote a five-star reviewer. "They also pair and turn on automatically when you open the case."

Said another satisfied Amazon shopper, "For noise cancellation, they’re more effective than I thought they would be. They are best at blocking out white noise — bus engines, office sounds, fans, etc. They are good at voices if it's just people talking in a group at a normal volume."

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Now hear this: These earbuds are almost 70 bucks off right now. (Photo: Getty)

"AirPods have never been better. These little things pack [...] a punch!" wrote one happy Amazon customer. "The audio quality is insane."

A fellow fan raved about all the features you get with these earbuds. "These are by far the best of anything I've used so far because the size and also the feature set," they wrote. "What boggles my mind and blows my mind is the spatial feature. I started looking around after starting to listen to an audiobook with that feature on. It's like the narrator is behind and all around. Spooky.... This is a quantum leap over other products."

Ease of use for Apple lovers

The new earbuds offer a seamless wireless syncing experience with just about any Apple device — including the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac and more.

But these buds' utility extends way beyond the Appleverse: They'll also pair with Android smartphones or tablets and Windows 10 laptops and desktops via Bluetooth.

Battery life

The AirPods Pro are also a revelation in the battery life department — 5.5 hours compared to the previous model’s 3.5 hours. And you can drop them in their included wireless charging case to juice them up for an additional 24 hours of power.

"Battery life is excellent. I haven't charged them more than once in the last month with using them once every few nights for an hour or so," added another Amazon shopper.

"Can I give these 10 stars?" a fellow fan said. "The audio and mic quality is amazing. They turn on automatically when you put them in your ears; even if it’s in the middle of the conversation they connect and the audio switches automatically. I could not be happier with these."

Apple's AirPods Pro are a big step up in audio quality. And with the bells and whistles that the entry-level AirPods just don’t have, we think they’re well worth it.

$180 $249 at Amazon

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention this other great deal. The third generation of the Apple AirPods are ALSO on sale for July 4th! They have all the same wonderful features as the AirPods Pro, but you get up to six hours of listening with this iteration and up to 30 hours of total listening time when kept in the MagSafe charging case.

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Best news you've heard all week: The Apple AirPods 3rd Generation are also on sale! (Photo: Amazon)

Over 23,000 people can attest to its perfection, too.

"The sound quality is excellent," reports a buyer. "The case will continue to charge the AirPods for several days with needing to be recharged. I use mine everyday at work. I put one AirPod in my ear and it will last up to 6 hours before I have to put the other one in for the rest of the day. I love the way Siri will ready my messages to me. I can also use a lot of commands like play my music etc. I loved my so much I purchased another pair for my husband and our son for his birthday. Will definitely be purchasing again for our other children this year for their birthdays."

$169 $179 at Amazon

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