How to Give iTunes Credit as a Gift

Gift your favorite iTunes fan with credit for a movie, album, song or app.

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Whether you want to pick up a physical iTunes gift card 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.

Does the Recipient Need an iTunes Account?

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.

Your Options When Giving iTunes Store Credit

You have several options when you want to give someone credit to be used in the iTunes Store or App Store.

  • Physical iTunes Gift Cards: This is probably the most popular way people purchase gift credit from the iTunes Store. In addition to buying gift cards directly from Apple's online service, you can buy gift cards at thousands of retail stores across the country. The cards come in different designs and are preloaded with a set amount of credit, typically $15, $25, $50, $100, or $200. However, if you're short on time, or the person you are giving the card to is a long distance away, then this may not be the best method.
  • iTunes Gift Certificates: Select the Send Gift option on the iTunes Store to give an iTunes Gift Certificate. This option allows you to either purchase credit and print a certificate yourself or send the gift via email, which is useful for when time isn't on your side. Choosing the amount of credit you buy is the same as for physical gift cards, except that everything is done through the iTunes store. You choose a prepaid amount, ranging from $15 to $200.
  • Gifting Songs, Albums, Apps, and More: If you want to choose a specific item from the iTunes Store instead of giving credit, then this method is for you. If you know someone likes a particular artist, you can send them a personal gift. This feature isn't limited to songs and albums. There are all sorts of other iTunes Store gifts you can send, including apps, movies, and TV shows. You can also compile your own custom-made playlists and gift those. To send a specific product, view it on the iTunes Store. Select the Gift This... option from the drop down menu next to the Buy button. A short form is displayed where you can choose either to print out a certificate to present in person or instantly email the gift to the recipient.

Apple ended another program, the iTunes Gift Allowances program, in 2016 and recommended parents use the Family Sharing option instead to oversee their kids' spending.