How to Gift Someone With a Digital MP3 Through Amazon

Buy songs and albums for other people from the Amazon music store

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If you've purchased digital music from Amazon then you're probably accustomed to its Digital Music store. It's really easy to find albums and single tracks, and even easier to purchase them instantly.

While it's fairly straightforward to download songs from Amazon for yourself, what about buying for others as a gift? Physical items such as audio CDs can be purchased and sent to another address, but how do you gift digital products like music?

Gifting Amazon music is done in almost the exact same way as purchasing anything else from Amazon. You don't need a special account for digital music; just use the same one you always have.

Tip: Digital items from other stores can be sent as gifts too, so that you can send iPhone apps and gift iTunes songs.

Sending Music Gifts on Amazon

Log on to your Amazon account and then follow these steps:

  1. Visit Amazon's Digital Music page.
  2. Find the MP3 or album you want to send as a gift, and access its details page for more information.
  3. Under the purchase button is a More options link; click it for additional links.
  4. Choose Give Album or Song as Gift.

    Note: You might be asked to sign in to Amazon at this point, even if you're already logged in. This is because you're about to purchase something.
  5. Fill in the short form making sure the email address is correct for the recipient. You can also add a short message to personalize the gift if you wish, but it's not necessary.

    If you've chosen an album, you have the option to send the entire album or choose a single.
  1. Check out as normal with the Proceed to Checkout button. You'll see another page before the order is finalized.
  2. Your digital music gift will be delivered more or less instantly.

Tips

  • Remember, as soon as you purchase a song or album, the gift will be sent to the email address you provided. Unfortunately there's no way to schedule a delivery (such as a birthday, Christmas, etc.), so try and do it as close as you can to the preferred date.
  • If you don't see the option to give a song or album as a gift then this facility might not be available in your country. If this is the case, consider purchasing Amazon gift credit as an alternative. You can either buy a physical card, print one out, or do it solely online over email.
  • If the recipient doesn't like what you've sent, they can exchange it for Amazon credit. This can be used for virtually anything on Amazon.