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Everyone got AirPods for Christmas—and the memes are rolling in

Beats? Broke.


Elizabeth VanMetre

Internet Culture

Published Dec 27, 2018   Updated May 20, 2021, 10:39 pm CDT

Apple’s AirPods have had quite the Christmas season. Their popularity make them difficult to keep on shelves during the holidays, and they were a top contender on Christmas lists everywhere. The wireless headphones even became a trending topic on Twitter.

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“AirPods for Christmas” actually stirred up thousands of tweets, at first making fun of AirPod users. Then seemingly overnight, the jokes turned to AirPods memes calling them must-have fashion accessory for the elite—and even the not-so-elite. They’re a status symbol just within reach for, well, a lot of people.

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The meme sarcastically implies that only the richest can afford the iPhone accessory. While not cheap, a pair only cost around $175, which is around the price of other wireless headphone brands. 

People are comparing AirPods to Beats-brand headphones, joking that Beats equal broke.



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Many have out that Beats are even more expensive than AirPods. The Dre brand can run upwards of $300. Of course, memes don’t need logic, just retweets.


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The memes are new, but AirPods aren’t a recent addition to the Apple brand family. They’ve been out since 2016 and were released with the iPhone 7.


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*First Published: Dec 27, 2018, 3:22 pm CST