Are you a lucky recipient of an iTunes gift card? If that is indeed true, then you can treat yourself to some good music, movies and all the awesome stuff sold on the iTunes store. The best part about iTunes gift cards is that you don't need to visit any Apple store to purchase stuff. Apple provides the facility of redeeming gift cards on your iPhone, iPad, iPod or through the iTunes application, installed on your computer. In this Techspirited article, I show you how to redeem an iTunes gift card to buy movies, music and games on the iTunes store.
What is an iTunes Gift Card?
Maverick Apple marketers came up with the iTunes gift card idea long ago, making it easier for people to gift songs, videos and apps to their loved ones. The best thing about these gift cards is the fact that they can be bought online and the ones whom you gift them, can redeem them online! Gift cards come in various denominations ranging from $25 to $100.
They can be redeemed by the ones receiving them to purchase any stuff on the Apple Store, ranging from movies, music to even audio books. They are cards with a hidden 16 digit redemption code, printed behind, which needs to be scratched to be revealed. The code needs to be entered correctly to redeem the credit offered by the card to the user.
You can include a message with the gift cards and buy them online on the App Store. After purchasing it online, you must provide the address of the card recipient. The shipping of the cards is free and they make for some of the best gifts that you can present to music lovers, movie aficionados and even geeks who are into games. The iTunes gift card can be redeemed using iTunes installed on your computer or your hand held Apple device.
How to Use an iTunes Gift Card on a Computer?
Let us see how to redeem an iTunes gift card presented to you. Switch on your computer, connect with the Internet and open the pre-installed iTunes software. Get iTunes updated, in case you have an old version. Sign in with your Apple iTunes account.
Under 'Quick Links', locate the 'Redeem' option and click on it. Meanwhile, lightly scratch the back of the card with a coin to reveal the 16 digit redemption code. When you click the redeem option, you will be prompted to enter the code. Enter it correctly and click the 'Redeem' button. Immediately your iTunes account will be credited with the monetary value, equal to the value of the gift card.
The amount credited to your account will be displayed in the upper right hand corner. Now you can visit the iTunes store or Apps store by logging into your iTunes account and use the credit to buy games, apps, music, videos and audio books. If the price exceeds the redeemed amount on your account, you will be asked to pay using a credit card.
Using an iTunes Gift Card on an iPad, iPhone or iPod
You can also redeem and use the iTunes gift card using the iTunes or App Store application on your Apple iPod, iPhone or iPad. Open any one of the applications and sign in with your iTunes account. In iTunes Store, go to the bottom of the music section and tap 'Redeem'. In case you are using the App Store, go to the 'Featured' section, scroll down and tap 'Redeem'.
In either case, you must then enter the 16 digit code, after which an amount equal to gift card valuation, will be deposited to your account. You can use the balance to buy any stuff from the iTunes store or App Store. The price of each purchased item will be directly deducted from your balance.
Now that you know how to redeem an iTunes gift card, just open the iTunes or App Store application on your iPod, iPad or iPhone, sign in with your account, enter the gift card code and start shopping. You have more than 350,000 apps, countless videos, music albums and games to choose from. Enjoy!