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Prime Day music deals 2020: all the latest news, dates and the best Amazon Prime Day deals

Prime Day music deals 2020
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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is the next big event on the Amazon sales calendar and we’re here to arm you with everything you need to know about the event – from the official dates, to where you can find the best Prime Day music deals online.

While Prime Day itself is an opportunity for Amazon Prime members to take advantage of exclusive deals on everything from eReaders and smart speakers, to pet food and clothing, naturally we’re most interested in what’s on offer for musicians. But the big question is, will you be able to get a discount on that electric guitar you’ve been lusting after, a brand new laptop for music production, or a top-of-the-line electronic drum set at a cut price?

While in the past Amazon hasn’t been particularly forthcoming with worthwhile Prime Day music deals, last year presented a few shining beacons of awesome – the highlight being 30% off 106 D’Angelico guitar models – plus some neat guitar accessories, software and iPad deals, but we’re hoping Amazon steps up its game this year.

We’re also keen to see more non-Amazon retailers like Sweetwater, Pro Audio Star and Waves get on-board with their own musician-friendly Prime Day deals.

This is your place to find the very latest Prime Day 2020 news, dates and updates, plus the most up-to-date Prime Day music deals for guitarists, drummers, producers, DJs and more.

Latest deals (US)

The best pre-Prime Day music deals (US)

MacBook Pro 16-inch – 16GB RAM, 512GB, 2.6GHz Intel Core i7
Was $2,399 | Now $2,149 | Save $250
This might be the 'basic' spec of the new 16-inch model, but it's still a fantastic music-making machine that would sit comfortably at the heart of any studio setup. Right now this model, in Space Grey, is available with a hearty $300 discount.View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch – 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
Was $1,999 | Now $1,849.99 | Save $149.01
The discounted options in with the new 2020 13-inch spec features a 2.0 GHZ 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, plus all the usual Apple goodness such as Retina screen and Magic Keyboard.View Deal

Save $110 on this Dell 27-inch 4K monitor
Yes, we'll doubtless see plenty of good monitor deals between now and Christmas, but $110 off this Dell beauty - bringing the price down to $340 - could be too good to ignore.View Deal

Buy Arturia's Analog Lab 4 plugin for $116/£91/€99  
Get more than 6,500 of the greatest synth and keyboard sounds in history for half price at Plugin Boutique.View Deal

Buy iZotope Breaktweaker for just $12/£9/€10!
Pick up iZotope's BT-designed drum machine plugin for this crazy price and you'll also get the Trash 2 multiband distortion plugin and UJAM Carbon virtual guitarist thrown in for free!View Deal

Save 40% on 200 Waves plugins and bundles
Take advantage of this offer by using the code LASTCALL. If you spend $50 you'll also get a free plugin, while spending $90 will get you two free plugins.View Deal

AKG K275 closed-back headphones: were $99, now just $69
These closed-back, foldable headphones are built to last with all critical components made of metal, while the headband is adjustable and the ear pads are soft to avoid fatigue. If you want to hear the detail in your recording, the K275’s 50mm transducers help deliver great low-frequency response.View Deal

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones: were $179, now $159
Recommended in our guide to the best budget studio headphones, our experts describe the DT770 Pros as being “extremely well-balanced across the audible spectrum, with detailed highs and an innovative bass reflex system that delivers just enough weighty sub-200Hz punch for that feel-good factor when tracking.” Both the 80 and 32 ohm models are currently on sale.View Deal

AKG K245 open-back headphones: were $89, now just $59
If you’re looking for a bargain, this is it. These foldable cans will take plenty of abuse and provide day-long comfort, all while delivering great sound for mixing, DJ-ing or music listening.View Deal

Shure SE425 sound isolating earphones: save $150, now $199
These dual driver-equipped sound isolating in-ears deliver up to 37dB of noise cancellation, ideal for music listening, personal practice or personal monitoring on-stage. The included Bluetooth adapter provides up to 10 hours of battery life. Normally you would pay $349 for these bad boys, but right now, they benefit from a massive $150 discount.View Deal

Sennheiser IE 40 Pro Monitors: were $99.95, now just $79.95
Another top recommendation, this time from best in-ear monitors guide. Dynamic drivers help deliver a natural sound, with articulate highs and plenty of oomph in the low-end, without being overpowering. Whether you’re a DJ or a drummer, these will deliver high performance and long-term comfort.View Deal

3 packs of Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys: $16, now just $9.99
Great sound, impressive durability and performance in a now even more affordable package. Get your hands on three packs of these iconic strings for just $9.99 right now.View Deal

3 packs of Ernie Ball Super Slinkys: $16, now just $9.99
Same as the above, but for fans of Ernie Ball's Super Slinky line. If you’re after a slightly lighter gauge, these nickel wound strings are just for you.View Deal

Roland TD-1DMK bundle: Save $70!
In addition to the kit itself, this bundle also includes a PDP double bass drum pedal and a Vic Firth sticks. Normally costing $830 separately, this little lot can be yours together for $759.99
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Latest deals (UK)

The best pre-Prime Day music deals (UK)

Buy iZotope Breaktweaker for just $12/£9/€10!
Pick up iZotope's BT-designed drum machine plugin for this crazy price and you'll also get the Trash 2 multiband distortion plugin and UJAM Carbon virtual guitarist thrown in for free!View Deal

Samsung T5 500GB Was £178.74 | Now £74.65 | Save £104.09
USB C, shock resistance and fast data transfer speeds all add up to a fantastic tool for studio musicians. With 58% off the usual price, you can’t ask for more with this external SSD deal.View Deal

Samsung T5 2TB Was £369.99 | Now £287.53 | Save £82.46
Looking for more storage than the 500GB model offers? While this 2TB beast will set you back more, you can still enjoy a 22% saving right now.View Deal

Save 40% on 200 Waves plugins and bundles
Take advantage of this offer by using the code LASTCALL. If you spend $50 you'll also get a free plugin, while spending $90 will get you two free plugins.View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch – 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage
Was £2,799 | Now £2,479 | Save £320
If you want bags of storage and sheer power, this model offers 1TB of space for all your sessions and an Intel Core i9 processor. Inside you'll also find a AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card with GDDR6 memory.View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch - 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
Was £1,299 | Now £1,249 | Save £50
The second model up from the base model, this iteration of the new 13-inch MBP comes complete with Magic Keyboard and glorious Retina screen, all housed in a stylish Space Grey casing.View Deal

Save more than £135 on this Dell 27-inch 4K monitor
The current price on the Dell website for this UHD display is £299.99, but if you use the code PGBIGSALE when you check out, you can bring it down even further to £255!View Deal

When is Prime Day?

When is Prime Day 2020?

Prime Day usually takes place in July. Last year it kicked off on July 15 and ran through to the end of July 16. Yep, that’s right, Prime ‘Day’ is actually a multi-day event, usually taking place across 48 hours of deals, sales and discounts.

So, when is the big event actually taking place this year? Naturally things have been quite different this year and July will end with a Prime Day-shaped hole, as expected. A recent Amazon statement confirmed the delay: "This year we’ll be holding Prime Day later than usual, while ensuring the safety of our employees and supporting our customers and selling partners. We are excited Prime members in India will see savings on August 6-7, and that members all around the world will experience Prime Day later this year."

Initially ‘later this year' was slated to be early-September, however Business Insider recently reported on leaked emails to third-party retailers suggesting that early October was most likely. As of right now, we’re putting our money on Monday 5 October as being the first day of a two-day Amazon Prime Day event. Amazon is notoriously reserved when it comes to announcing dates, but we should know ‘officially’ 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Could we see Prime Day 2020 being hosted over a number of days rather than just two this year? It’s possible of course, but with Black Friday 2020 expected to kick in at the end of November, we believe they’ll hold some deals over for the pre-Christmas event.

Prime membership?

Do I need to be an Amazon Prime member?

To take advantage of Amazon’s own Prime Day music deals the answer is yes. If you’ve never been a Prime member before, Amazon often offers free trials, so you could be tactical and sign up just before the event, then cancel your subscription once you’ve bagged a bargain.

If you’re a regular Amazon shopper you might want to keep hold of that subscription though. Prime members get faster delivery, exclusive deals, access to Prime Video and more.

At the time of writing, a monthly Amazon Prime subscription costs $12.99/£7.99 (which you can cancel at any time) and a yearly option is $119/£79.

Where to find the best deals

Will there be any decent Prime Day music deals?

With such a huge uptake in music gear during lockdown, we’d like to think Amazon will cater to this wave of new musicians and lapsed players who have returned to playing, by lining up plenty of fantastic Prime Day music deals.

We’d certainly recommend bookmarking this page and checking in during the lead up to the event – we’ll be sharing the best deals right on this page.

What else should I look out for on Prime Day?

With Prime Day being an Amazon invention, naturally it's the time to get big money off Amazon's own products. If you're in the market for an Echo device or smart speaker, then Prime Day is you chance to score big discounts. We're hoping to see the prices drop on the ace-sounding Amazon Echo Studio, right down to the compact  Echo Dot. Last year Amazon was even giving away smart speaker bundles that included free subscriptions to their Music Unlimited streaming service.

Will other stores be hosting Prime Day music deals?

Last year, in addition to Amazon, there were music gear discounts to be had from the likes of Fender Play, Musician’s Friend and Guitar Center, plus Walmart and Best Buy. We’re hoping to see more activity from retailers including Sweetwater and Pro Audio Star in 2020, plus more deals from software brands and companies who sell direct.

Really the event is linked to Amazon by name only, but it creates plenty of buzz and gets people in the mood for a bargain. As such, we’re confident more retailers will get involved compared with 2019. 

What’s even better is that you don’t need to pay for an Amazon Prime subscription to take advantage of these non-Amazon deals.

2019 highlights

Last year’s best Prime Day music deals

D'Angelico | Get 30% off 106 guitar at Amazon
The best Prime Day guitar deal ever? Amazon was offering massive discounts off a colossal range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars, and it proved to be a very popular deal.View Deal

Fender’s PM-TE travel acoustic |Save $330, now just $369
An almighty 47% discount from Musician's Friend made this one of the top Prime Day acoustic guitar deals in 2019. Fender's top-spec travel guitar boasts a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, plus a Fender/Fishman-designed preamp – and hardcase!View Deal

Learn to play guitar for less with 50% off Fender Play
The Fender Play learning platform is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to learn to play guitar – and for Prime Day 2019 it got even cheaper: 50% off an annual plan brought the monthly price down to just $4.99/£4.79.View Deal

Supro Jamesport electric guitar: was $899, now $519
This retro-vibed single-pickup number is one of the highlights of Supro’s mammoth guitar range, boasting a Gold Foil designed to capture those classic blues-rock vibes.View Deal

Save 32% on a Getaria wireless guitar system
30 meter range, longlife battery, money off on Prime day. Last year was definitely the time to finally break loose from your guitar cable.View Deal

Line 6 Firehawk 1500 combo |$999, now $799
This six-speaker stereo amp is designed to perfectly replicate its vast array of onboard effects, which can be controlled via Bluetooth. And for $799 at Musician's Friend on Prime Day, it made for a nicely priced one-stop guitar tone shop.View Deal

Egnater Tweaker 112 15W tube combo | Save $100, now $499
One of the most versatile 1x12 tube combos on the market, the Tweaker boasts five toggle switches to change the amp’s character, spanning sparkly cleans to high-gain rock. Musician's Friend was offering a $100 discount last year!View Deal

IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor: $238.90 @Amazon
Amazon offered 20% off these excellent mini monitors – complete with Bluetooth connectivity – last year. They're perfect for monitoring in small spaces, such as a bedroom studio.View Deal

Marshall Monitor Headphones: was $249, now $129.99
Yes, they're Bluetooth, and yes, they'll give you 30 hours of playtime before you need to recharge, but the main reason to buy these is because you'll look like you have a couple of Marshall stacks clamped to your skull, and that's priceless.View Deal

Casio CDP-240 88-key digital piano: Save $120, now $329
If you were looking for a new a new full-size digital piano with over 1,000 different tones, songs and rhythms onboard, Amazon was the place to look last July? This 27% discount on the CDP-240 made it an absolute steal.View Deal

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) + 6mo Amazon Music Unlimited
Was $197.93. Now just $109.99.
The king of Echo devices enables you to enjoy powerful, 360-degree sound thanks to a downward-firing 3-inch subwoofer and an upward-firing 0.8-inch tweeter. Last year you could bag one with 6 months of Amazon Music Limited for less than $110.View Deal

Apple iPad Pro – 10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB: $779 $579
It may not have been the current model, but the 2017 iPad Pro is still a great device for music-making, and this $200 Prime Day discount at Amazon made it a steal.View Deal

Apple iPad – Wi-Fi, 128GB: Was $429, now $299
You could bag a 30% saving on the 128GB version of Apple's entry-level iPad – great if you were looking for plenty of space for music-making apps and projects.View Deal

Dell New XPS 13 laptop: was $899.99, now $829.99
This slick 13.3-inch laptop from Dell comes with an 8th generation Intel Core i3-8145U processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB solid state drive.View Deal