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Black Friday Shopping Guide: Music Gift Edition

Check out bargains on Beats By Dre, special-edition vinyl, guitars and more

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This Black Friday, all hell will break loose upon America as shoppers tear malls, department stores and each other apart in the all-consuming quest to score the hottest deals (and/or hottest dealz).

To help you make sense of the madness, we've rounded up 15 in-store deals on starter guitars, Beats By Dre headphones, special-edition vinyl and more. All of these make great gifts for the holidays and they're available at bargain prices only on this, the Blackest of all Fridays in 2013. 

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Beats By Dre Pill Speaker

What: Beats By Dre Pill Speaker

Why: It's a portable Bluetooth-ready speaker made for audiophiles. 

Price: $149.95 at Walmart and Best Buy.

Savings: $50

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Metallica - 'Through the Never' Soundtrack Specially-Numbered Vinyl

What: Metallica's Through the Never soundtrack on vinyl

Why: The world's biggest metal band is issuing only 4,000 copies of the soundtrack to their 3D movie in a 4-LP vinyl set, exclusive to Record Store Day Black Friday. Given the fervor of Metallica fans, these numbered copies are sure to be worth more down the road.

Price: Varies by store

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Jasmine by Takamine Acoustic-Electric Guitar

What: Jasmine by Takamine Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Why: It's a well-made, great-sounding guitar for beginners. Nothing but raves on Amazon customer reviews. 

Price: $99.99 at Music & Arts

Savings: $50

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Skullcandy Hesh Headphones

What: Skullcandy Hesh Headphones

Why: Skullcandy made the best earbud headphones on the market for the last few years. These over-ear phones might not be superior to Beats By Dre, but they're much cheaper. Buy these if you're prone to losing things.

Price: $29.99 at RadioShack

Savings: $30

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Nirvana - 'In Utero 2013 Mix' Limited-Edition Vinyl

What: Nirvana's In Utero 2013 Mix

Why: Steve Albini, producer of Nirvana's final studio album, remastered and remixed In Utero this year at Abbey Road Studios. This band-approved mix is available on copper plates exclusive to Record Store Day Black Friday.

Price: Varies by store 

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Beats By Dre Headphones Solo

What: Beats By Dre Solo Headphones in red, black and white

Why: These are the most popular high-end headphones on the market. They're almost as ubiquitous as the iPod.

Price: $114.95 at Walmart, $5-10 more at Best Buy and Target

Savings: $85-75

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Beats By Dre Beatbox

What: Beats By Dre Beatbox speaker dock

Why: It's the boombox version of the extremely popular high-end headphones/speakers line. Why buy the boombox vs. the smaller, cheaper Beats By Dre pill? Because Radio Raheem forever. 

Price: $359.99 at Best Buy

Savings: $40

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - 'The Heist' CD

What: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist album

Why: It's a great album, and the only independently-released album to score two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. A great gift for friends/family who know the hits but not the entire album.

Price: $5 at Target

Savings: $5-10

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U2 - "Ordinary Love" Limited-Edition Vinyl Single

What: The vinyl single for U2's contribution to the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack, "Ordinary Love"

Why: This is a limited-edition vinyl run for Record Store Day Black Friday, and the b-side is a newly-recorded version of No Line on the Horizon's "Breathe." Sure to become a collector's item years down the road. 

Price: Varies by store

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iLive Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

What: iLive Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Why: Because you're not going to find worthwhile wireless headphones any cheaper. 

Price: $24.99 at Kmart

Savings: $23

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Drake - 'Nothing Was the Same' CD

What: Drake's Nothing Was the Same album

Why: It's one of the best rap albums of 2013.

Price: $7

Savings: $5-8

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AUVIO Portable Bluetooth Speaker

What: AUVIO Portable Bluetooth-ready speaker

Why: If you want an effective wireless speaker but don't want to drop big bucks on the high-end stuff, this is your baby.

Price: $79.99 at RadioShack

Savings: $60

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Lady Gaga - 'ARTPOP' CD

What: Lady Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP

Why: There's someone in your life who was on the fence about buying this. Do them a favor and make the choice for them. 

Price: $7

Savings: $5-8

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Flaming Lips - 'Peace Sword' Limited-Edition Vinyl EP

What: The Flaming Lips' Peace Sword EP

Why: The Lips have a song on the Ender's Game soundtrack called "Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)," but Wayne Coyne & co. composed several other tracks inspired by the sci-fi flick. This EP rounds up that material, including a track only available on this vinyl edition exclusive to Record Store Day Black Friday.

Price: Varies by store

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One Direction - 'Take Me Home' CD

What: One Direction's second album, Take Me Home

Why: You know someone between the ages of 5 and 55 you can gift this to.  

Price: $5 at Target

Savings: $5-10

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