Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently announced a free shipping offer good for all purchases through Apple’s online store through May 29th. The company usually offers free shipping on purchases of $50 or more, so this is a great deal for those just looking for an inexpensive accessory.

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Apple’s special seasonal promotions

This free shipping promotion coincides with the Father’s Day promotion, which will be on June 15th. The Father’s Day promotion allows users to choose from a wider selection than previous years, including but not limited to accessories and products from third-party firms.

The storefront was updated on Tuesday to includs a special section for Father’s Day. The featured item on the front page is an iPad tablet titled “A Father’s Day gift he’ll open every day”.

Apple’s deal with Beats

In other Apple-related news, there’s the company’s much talked about acquisition of Beats. A recent source reports the buy-out is under way, although it was apparently an on again, off again situation. The unnamed source explained, “They want Jimmy and they want Dre. He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.”

The acquisition is rumored to be a $3.2 billion deal. Beats, a music company owned by the legendary hip-hop icon Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, is valued at $1 billion. This is after HTC sold the company back to the owners last year. Beats first formed in 2008 to sell high-quality studio headphones. Overall, reviews for the hardware are mixed, but the company still has a high value for “record-label in a box”.

This will likely be a huge win for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), especially since there were rumors the company’s rival Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)     wanted to acquire Beats earlier this year. That deal reportedly fell through.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a brand best known for mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. It’s a brand that has (and still) enjoys immense success even though rivals based on Android are taking a growing share of the pie.