I got that message the other day - somewhat ironically it was shortly after I ordered an iPod as a Christmas gift for someone... and there doesn't appear to be an educational discount on iPods anymore.
I'm not sure if the email is implying either:
- hey, if you're a student, check out the deals at the Apple education store
- hey, even though you don't qualify, you can buy something at education store prices by following this link.
It's about as clear as mud what it means.
apple's implementation of the educational discount im my experience varies greatly...i'm not sure why you don't get it on ipods anymore but you do get it on applecare for the ipod...in store my friend and i have gotten the discount on a macbook, an incase sleeve, applecare for ipod, and airport express and mini-dvi adapters...and i'm not sure each of those would qualify online
for anyone who was curious i asked an employee at the apple store why the discount isn't given on ipods anymore and she said it was since they dropped the prices, apple doesn't feel the discount is necessary. which i can understand.
i still got it and saved the tax on my wireless mighty mouse so i'm pleased.