Beats Studio Buds Overview Updated June 26, 2022

Beats Studio Buds: features, ANC, special editions, price, more

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May 2021 - May 2022

Beats launched in June 2021 its new earbuds Beats Studio Buds, a new true wireless brand as another option for users apart from the Powerbeats Pro introduced in 2019. Apple calls them the “fast-selling” Beats product to date. Here’s everything about them.


Originally, it was only available in Black, White, and Red. In 2022, Beats released three new colors Moon Gray, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Pink. Check them here.

The Beats Studio Buds don’t feature a stern, and have a dial-like shape, with a ridge on the outside that features the Beats logo. Like the AirPods Pro, it features three different replaceable silicone tips.

Beats earbuds in the wild before release

Beats Studio Buds have been spotted in the wild a few times, mostly thanks to the basketball star LeBron James.

LeBron posted in his Instagram a few shots with mysterious earbuds, which you can see here.

By the end of May 2021, NBA’s Twitter account posted a few more photos of the star where you can see with the Beats logo. As you can see in the images below, the earbuds match our findings on the unreleased Studio Buds.

In June, the unreleased earbuds have made a cameo appearance in Roddy Ricch’s new music video “Late at Night.” The shots leave no doubt that these are the new Beats earbuds. You can have a glimpse of them starting at 29 seconds here.

The earbuds were also found another two times in the wild. TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio was seen wearing a pair in a new video. Also, the US soccer star Alex Morgan has been seen with the white variant of the Beats Studio Buds:

Features: ANC, Transparency Mode, and more

For the first time, Beats earbuds feature Active Noise Canceling as well as Transparency Mode. With six microphones, these earbuds can isolate the exterior sound or make it feel like you’re not wearing earbuds at all.

Different from the Powerbeats Pro or other Beats headphones, this one doesn’t feature Apple’s H1 or W1 chip. It means that although you can easily pair these earbuds with your iPhone and iPad, you do need to pair them with each device at a time. Features as in-ear detection don’t exist in these earbuds.

With Bluetooth 5.0, it has a stable and consistent connection. There’s also support for Spatial Audio in Apple Music.

Beats Studio Buds also feature integration with Apple’s Find My application. When paired via Bluetooth, this allows you to locate your lost Beats Studio Buds using their last known location or by playing a sound. 

Tactile controls

Beats found a clever way to turn the tops of each bud into physical buttons for playback control. Here are the details on how this works:

  • Press once for play, pause, or answer a phone call
  • Press twice to skip forward
  • Press three times to skip back
  • Long Press to cycle between ANC ON (default), Transparency Mode, and ANC OFF.

You can customize the control for the “press and hold” trigger to activate Siri as well. For instance, pressing and holding on the right earbud could cycle between ANC and Transparency mode, while pressing and holding on the left earbud could activate Siri. But again, there is also support for “Hey Siri,” so physical controls to access the voice assistant aren’t necessarily required.

Sound quality

Since it’s a Beats earbuds, it has a prominent bass, although this time the sound feels more balanced than ever, similar to the original AirPods. Here’s what Beats says about Beats Studio Buds sound quality:

Studio Buds were designed and engineered to prioritize high-quality audio playback and overall comfort — no matter if you’re listening to music, streaming a movie or chatting with a friend. The ergonomically tilted acoustic nozzle features a laser cut micro-vent to ensure pressure relief on the eardrum.

Its powerful, balanced sound is driven by the proprietary 8.2mm, dual-element diaphragm driver, which features a central rigid piston with a flexible outer surround. Coupled with a two-chamber acoustic design, Studio Buds achieves outstanding stereo separation and low harmonic distortion across the frequency curve so you hear every note.

Beats Studio Buds special editions

As it’s recurring for Beats products, the company releases every now and then special version of its products.

Union’s 30th anniversary


In November 2021, the wireless earbuds got their first limited-edition design in partnership with Union. This new version celebrates Union’s 30th anniversary. The Studio Buds feature a bold red, black, and green design and packaging, drawing inspiration from the Pan-African flag and paying tribute to Union’s roots as a Black-owned business. The case also features Union’s historic frontman logo as an ode to the brand’s legacy.

Music is the lifeblood of our store, so when Beats approached us, we were excited to work with them on these Buds. Collaboration is almost as important as music,” said Union founders Chris and Beth Gibbs. “It feels great to have worked with Beats on this project and to have collaborated with Vince Staples, a longtime friend of the store, to bring our vision to life.

Lunar New Year

By the end of 2021, Apple released a Lunar New Year edition for the Beats Studio Buds. The special edition features a red and gold design.

The gold stripes represent tiger print accents, as 2022 will be the “Year of the Tiger.” According to the company, the product will be available in stores starting January 1, 2021.

We’re celebrating the Lunar New Year with our special-edition Beats Studio Buds. As a tribute to the Year of the Tiger, the Buds feature an all-red design with gold tiger print accents. Out on January 1st!

Beats Studio Buds firmware update

On January 25, 2022, Beats Studio Buds got its first firmware update. Version 9M6599 shows the battery status of the wireless earbuds on iOS devices every time the charging case is open and nearby, similar to the experience AirPods users have. 

Another welcome change is that it now supports instant pairing via iCloud. Apple has also enabled new physical controls using the “b” button on the earbuds. Users can now enable an option to change the volume level of the Beats Studio Buds just by pressing their side buttons. The company says that this feature works with iOS, macOS, and even Android devices.

When will the Beats Studio Buds be released?

Beats Studio Buds was announced on June 14, 2021. It started to be sold on the Apple Store on June 24.

How much the Beats Studio Buds cost?

At Apple, the Powerbeats Pro usually costs $249.95 but Apple is offering a $50 discount. This is also the price of the AirPods Pro.

Beats Studio Buds costs $149. Its lower pricer point is due to the lack of a wireless charging case and an H1 or W1 chip.

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon Store.

Beats Studio Buds Review

At 9to5Mac, we already reviewed the Beats Studio Buds. We praised these earbuds for its price and sound quality:

With Beats Beats Studio Buds, you get ANC support, Transparency mode, fast pairing with Apple devices, stellar sound quality, and a versatile in-ear design, all packed into an incredibly compact form factor. There are limitations, such as the lack of in-ear detection and wireless charging, and no H1 or W1 chip, but the value is there with a $150 price point.

Ultimately, the Studio Buds are proof the Beats brand is alive and stronger than ever, and certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. There are compromises to hit the $149.99 price point, but the pros more than outweigh the cons if you don’t already have AirPods Pro or Powerbeats Pro. 

Beats Studio Buds, AirPods, or AirPods Pro?

If you like the stemless design, the option for black and red, and an in-ear fit with ANC, the Beats Studio Buds are a great way to get most of the AirPods/AirPods Pro features at a reasonable price. But that’s as long as you don’t mind missing out on a wireless charging case, auto device switching, and ear-detection/auto-pause and play.


Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the Beats Studio Buds and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

Beats Studio Buds Stories May 25

Released last summer, Beats Studio Buds just got a new special edition, this time in partnership with the Amsterdam clothing brand Daily Paper. In this version, the Buds have a graffiti-looking case with white earbuds and a Daily Paper sign in red.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories April 12

The Beats Studio Buds, which first launched last summer, are now available in a trio of new colors. The Apple-owned company has announced that Beats Studio Buds will be available in Moon Gray, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Pink starting tomorrow. Beats is also rolling out new features for the Beats app on Android…

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Beats Studio Buds Stories January 25

Apple on Tuesday released a new firmware update for the truly-wireless earbuds Beats Studio Buds. While the content of the update was unknown, the company revealed that it enables instant pairing via iCloud and new volume controls.

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After rolling out a firmware update for AirPods 3 earlier this month, Apple is now rolling out an update for Beats Studio Buds.Today’s update brings the Beats Studio Buds firmware to version 10M359, but unfortunately, Apple has not provided any details on what’s new.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories December 27, 2021

Apple on Monday announced a limited edition of its Beats Studio Buds wireless earphones to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which is part of the Lunar calendar adopted by Asian countries like China. The special-edition Studio Buds feature a red and gold design.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories November 30, 2021

Beats today announced a new version of Beats Studio Buds in a collaboration with Union. These limited-edition earbuds will be available at Union’s Los Angeles and Tokyo stores and online starting tomorrow, December 1.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories November 5, 2021

Ever since Apple introduced the AirPods line a few years ago, the company has continued to expand its truly wireless earbuds lineup, especially if you including Beats products. Combining them all, there are at least five different models you could buy right now. What are your favorite Apple or Beats wireless earbuds so far?

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Beats Studio Buds Stories September 1, 2021

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The son of NFL great Deion Sanders, Shedeur Sanders, is the first college athlete to be signed by Beats as a brand ambassador. He also appears in a new video ad by the company.

Beats Studio Buds Stories June 29, 2021

Before Beats launched the new Studio Buds wireless earbuds, the product was seen a few times in the ears of famous athletes. Now that the Studio Buds are out, the company is promoting them with a new campaign on YouTube.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 25, 2021

The newest Beats in-ear headphones have officially arrived and they come with a compelling set of features priced $100 below AirPods Pro. But even though they come with active noise cancellation, transparency mode, Hey Siri support, and more, there are some tradeoffs. Let’s look at the Beats Studio Buds vs. AirPods and AirPods Pro to see how they all stack up.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 15, 2021

Beats yesterday launched its new Beats Studio Buds, true wireless earbuds with ANC and Transparency Modes, up to eight hours of battery life in a single charge, and they cost $100 less than the AirPods Pro. Are you considering buying them?

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 14, 2021

As announced this morning, Apple’s lineup of truly wireless headphones is expanding today. Beats Studio Buds are available today for $149.99, and with features like Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode, they could just be the best option for buyers today looking for a more affordable option than AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro.

I’ve been using Beats Studio Buds for the past two weeks, and there are some interesting compromises here, including a mysterious custom Beats chipset instead of Apple’s own W1 or H1 chip. Head below for my thoughts.

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Beats is expanding its lineup of truly wireless earbuds today with the new Beats Studio Buds. After several weeks of rumors, the new Beats Studio Buds are available to order starting today in the US and Canada for $149.99 with Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, USB-C charging, and more.

Head below for all of the details on Beats Studio Buds.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 11, 2021

After we uncovered the upcoming Beats Studio Buds in iOS 14.6, we’ve seen them out in the wild with LeBron James sporting the earbuds on social media. Now US soccer star Alex Morgan has done the same with the white variant of the Beats Studio Buds.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 4, 2021

We now know that Apple is working on new truly wireless earbuds under the Beats brand called “Beats Studio Buds.” Although the product hasn’t been officially announced yet, it seems that some celebrities already have it — such as LeBron James. Now, Beats Studio Buds have made a cameo appearance in Roddy Ricch’s new music video.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories May 26, 2021

We reported earlier this month that Apple is working on new truly wireless earbuds under the Beats brand called “Beats Studio Buds.” Although the earbuds had already been approved by the FCC, the company has yet to announce the product. However, it seems that LeBron James already has a pair of the new Beats Studio Buds.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories May 25, 2021

Last week, 9to5Mac found on internal iOS 14.6 files that Apple is working on new earbuds under the Beats brand called “Beats Studio Buds.” Now, the first real-world images leaked online ahead of the headphones officially launching.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories May 17, 2021

With the release of iOS 14.6 RC today for developers, Apple is preparing to release Apple Music Lossless. At the same time, 9to5Mac found something that hasn’t been announced by the company until now: a new Beats Studio earbuds.

This finding comes after 9to5Mac exclusively reported last week that Apple has hired Scott Croyle to oversee Beats product design.

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