How to Send iTunes Songs and Albums as a Gift

Looking for an alternative to iTunes credit? Gift a song or album instead.

An iTunes credit is a failsafe gift option for any music lover, but sometimes, giving the gift of a specific song or album is more thoughtful. Just select a track, album, or other media from the iTunes Store and choose to give it as a gift. The notice of the content shows up in the recipient's email at a time of your choosing, and they download the title.

These instructions apply to iTunes 11 and later and to the Music app in macOS Catalina (10.15) and later.

How to Gift a Song on iTunes

When you know precisely what the recipient likes, gifting a song is a surefire way to endear yourself to someone. Alternatively, gifting an album, movie, app, or other iTunes item is just as easy. Here's how to do it.

Beginning with macOS Catalina (10.15), Apple replaced iTunes on Macs with three apps: Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV. The Music app contains the iTunes Store, so you can still gift songs.

  1. In iTunes, select the Music tab in the iTunes Store. (In the Music app, select iTunes Store in the left sidebar. All other steps remain the same.)

    The Music section of the iTunes Store
  2. Search for the song you want to gift. To speed things up, you may want to use the search box near the top right corner of the screen.

    The iTunes Music Store with the search box icon highlighted
  3. When you find the song you want to gift, select the drop-down arrow next to the purchase price.

    A song in the iTunes Music Store with the arrow highlighted
  4. Select Gift This Song in the menu that appears.

    If you aren't already signed in to your Apple account, a dialog box appears after you click the "Gift" options asking for your security credentials. Type in your Apple ID and password and select Sign In.

    Menu for a song in the iTunes Music Store with "Gift This Song" option highlighted
  5. A window appears with the title "App Store & iTunes Gift." Type in the email address of the person you want to send the gift to.

    App Store & iTunes Gift screen with Email field highlighted
  6. To include a message, enter it in the Message (Optional) text box.

    App Store Gift screen with the Message field highlighted
  7. Choose a date to send the gift. Your options are either Now or Other Date. If sending your gift on a future date, you specify when to send it using the calendar options.

    App Store Gift screen with delivery timing options highlighted
  8. Select Next when you finish entering this information.

    App Store Gift screen with the Next button highlighted
  9. Choose a theme for your gift. You'll see a preview of how your gift will appear in the recipient's email on the right of the screen.

    Select Next to continue.

    The theme selection screen for an iTunes gift
  10. On the confirmation screen, check that all the details are correct and then select Buy Gift to finalize the purchase.

    Confirm Your Gift screen in iTunes
  11. The recipient will receive an email with a link they use to download the title at no cost to them.

How to Gift a Complete Album on iTunes

Gifting an album is similar to giving a song. Use the drop-down menu next to the album price and select Gift This Album. Follow the same instructions as for gifting a song to complete your purchase.

An album page in iTunes with the Gift This Album option highlighted
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