Send Apple Music as a Gift

It's easy to send someone an entire Apple Music subscription

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Giving someone iTunes credit lets them use it to buy music, audiobooks, apps, and other digital media on the iTunes Store or App Store. This form of credit usage is an easy pay-per-click process. The credit you give them stays in their account almost indefinitely until it has all been used.

About the Apple Music Service

Apple Music operates on a monthly subscription model similar to other premium streaming music services. Whether you listen to just one album a month or hundreds, you must pay a fixed monthly fee to access its features. With this in mind, you might assume that an iTunes gift card can't be used, but it can.

If you've ever purchased iTunes gift cards or sent iTunes gift certificates in the past, then you already know how to send Apple credit to someone. This credit can be used for an Apple Music subscription if the amount is sufficient.

However, if this is a one-time gift, buying a three-month or 12-month Apple Music membership card—both of which are available from Apple—is the better way to go.

Apple Music has more than 45 million songs, curated radio stations, and playlists. Any person on your gift list with an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac would be happy to receive a subscription. The gift is intended to be used toward an Apple Music individual membership, but it can also be redeemed on iTunes, iBooks, the App Store, or the Mac App Store.

Buy Someone Else an Apple Music Membership

You can give the gift of Apple Music through Apple's website. Explain where the digital subscription should go and then pick a payment method.

  1. Go to the Apple Music Gift Cards webpage.

  2. Click either the three-month or the 12-month membership icon. The 12-month membership actually provides 12 months of music for the price of 10 months.

  3. In the Compose your email section, enter the recipient's name and email address, followed by your name, email address, and an optional message.

  4. Click the Add to Bag button on the right of the gift card page.

  5. On the checkout page, choose Check Out to finalize the purchase.

  6. You'll be asked to log in if you have an Apple ID, in which case the charge for the purchase will be applied to your account. If you don't have an Apple ID, choose the Continue as Guest option and then enter the payment information in the fields that are provided.

Apple sends an email with your gift and an electronic representation of the Apple Music membership card. Any recipient who already has as Apple Music membership can apply the card to the music service to extend the membership or use it for other iTunes, iBooks, and app purchases.