Whether you want to pick up a physical iTunes gift card free at your local store, print out a gift certificate at home, or instantly send iTunes credit via email, you have several options when giving someone iTunes credit as a gift.
Although it is more convenient for the recipient to already have an iTunes account, you can give anyone iTunes credit regardless of whether they use Apple's online store. However, in order for them to redeem the gift and purchase digital products, the recipient needs an Apple ID, which is free. It is the recipient who applies for the Apple ID, which is the credential necessary to log in to the iTunes website and redeem the credit.
You have several options when you want to give someone credit to be used in the iTunes Store or App Store.
Apple ended another program, the iTunes Gift Allowances program, in 2016 and suggested that parents use the Family Sharing option instead to oversee their kids' spending.
How to gift iTunes songs
You might already be familiar with the various ways of giving iTunes credit as a gift. The recipient can then use a unique code in order to purchase music (and other things) from the iTunes Store.
Sometimes instead of just giving iTunes credit, you may want to give a particular song or album to make it more personal. To do this, you'll select something specific from the iTunes Store and pay for it, but it'll go to your recipient's music library instead of appearing in yours.
Giving the Gift of Music Using iTunes
When you know exactly what they want or like, giving a song or an album can actually be a better choice than just handing over iTunes credit. Here's how to do it.
Giving a Complete Album
Gifting an album is similar to giving songs. The only difference is that you'll search for the name of the album instead of the title of a track. You'll still use the same drop-down menu next to the album in your results, but the command will be Gift This Album instead of Gift This Song.
Follow the same instructions as above to complete your purchase.
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