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If you have a US iTunes account you can get all sorts of freebies like new songs or media that is only being made available for US users. We previously mentioned how to get a free US iTunes account but Apple soon after disabled that option. You see, if you want to create a new iTunes account you usually have to add one of your credit cards to that account. The problem for non-US iTunes users is that the billing address of the credit card has to be located in the country that you are claiming to be a user of. Most non-US users do not have a credit card that has a billing address in the United States of America which essentially means that they cannot sign up as a US user.
There is however a very easy and straightforward way to create a US iTunes account without having to add a credit card or any other means of payment during the account creation phase. The famous None option will be selectable during account creation. Start by visiting the iTunes store. Make sure you are in the United States store. If you are not scroll down to the bottom and change the store to United States. Access the App Store that contains applications
for the iPhone. Select a free one from the list of Top Free Apps and click on the Get App link in the detail view. The next window is the login window with the option to create a new account.
Click on the Create New Account button and on Continue in the next window. Accept the license agreement and click continue once more.
Now fill out basic account details, like the email
, username and password of that account and click on Continue again.
After that the screen with the payment information and address will appear. Select None as the payment and fill out the address information using a address in the United States. The easiest way to do that is to search in Google for hotels, e.g. Miami hotels, New York hotels and use the address of the hotel as the address.
Verify the email in the last step and you are set to use the US iTunes account. Here is a quick recap:
This should work from any country. If you got problems or tips let us know in the comments.
Being the go-to Mac guy amongst my family and some friends, I’m no longer surprised by the questions I’m asked. Or how many times I’m asked. This is the case with iTunes gift cards. They’re becoming more and more common as the popularity of the Mac and iPhone/iPod continues to grow, but the giver doesn’t always understand that the recipient may be new to these devices and is unaware of how they work. Thankfully, it’s actually quite basic once you know where to go.
[Update: In some countries, iTunes does not allow for app purchases to be made with a gift card. Check the iTunes policy for your country for app compatibility.]
If you’re downloading music/videos for your Mac, or the same plus games for your iPhone , Ipad or iPod touch, you can easily handle all of this through iTunes. iPhone , iPod touch or iPad owners will already have an account. If you’re a Mac user checking out iTunes for the first time, you’ll need to create your account. Apple has basic instructions on this at their support site. (instruction under)
Okay, now that we’re all past that, let’s hit the iTunes App Store. Log in, if you haven’t already. You do that by clicking on “Sign In” in the upper right of the window and filling in your information. If you’re already logged in, you’ll see your account name here instead of “Sign In.”
With this done, on the left hand side, you’ll see the little green shopping bag icon next to “iTunes Store.” Click on that.
After a loading period, you’ll see the welcome screen of the store hawking the latest releases. Ignore all of that and look up at the upper right of the window. Just under “Quick Links” you’ll see “Redeem.” Click on that.
You’re then presented with the iTunes gift card/certificate redemption screen. Depending upon the code you got, the graphic may look familiar.
Enter the code on your card here. The amount of the card will be applied to your account, and you’re set to start shopping.
Suppose you’re not near your computer, though. Maybe you’re trapped at a gathering and you really need some distraction. Apple feels your pain, and they’ve made it possible to get your credit applied to your account directly with the iPhone , iPad and iPod touch.
The first thing you’ll want to do is launch the App Store app (likely on your home screen, unless you moved it). Once you’re in, tap the “Featured” button on the bottom left of the screen.
After this, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list to find the “Redeem” icon (with thick sarcasm, I would like to thank Apple for making this so easy to find).
Tap this, and you’ll see the blank field for entering your code. If you’re not logged in, you’ll be asked to do so. Then, the money will be in your account. Feel free to start downloading. Looking for some ideas? Your Netstrada Support is ready to help with any iTunes issues.