Gifting iTunes Songs: Give Single Tracks or Complete Albums

Want an alternative to iTunes credit? Send a song or an album instead

iTunes window with iTunes logo

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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.

These instructions apply to iTunes 11 and later.

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.

  1. Click the Music tab in the iTunes Store.

    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-hand corner of the screen.

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

    A song in the iTunes Music Store with the pop-out arrow highlighted
  4. Click the Gift This Song option in the menu that appears.

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

    Menu for a song in the iTunes Music Store with
  5. You should now see the Send an iTunes Gift screen. 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, then you'll need to specify when to send it using the calendar options.

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

    App Store Gift screen with the Next button highlighted
  9. Choose a theme for your gift. Your options are a generic iTunes look, birthday, "Thank You," and "Just Because." You'll see a preview of how your gift will appear in the recipient's email on the right of the screen.

    Click 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 click Buy Gift to finalize the purchase.

    Confirm Your Gift screen in iTunes
  11. Your gift recipient will receive an email with a link that will let them download their new track.

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.

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