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MacRumors
Nov 29, 2012, 12:49 PM
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In Apple's just-released iTunes 11 (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/29/apple-releases-itunes-11-with-simplified-player-redesigned-store-and-more/), users visiting the iTunes Store to redeem gift cards have a new option allowing them to simply take a photo of the code on the back of the card with their computer's camera in order to redeem their cards.

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The option, which requires a card containing a box around the code to assist with recognition, allows users to quickly and easily redeem gift cards without having to worry about accurately typing in the unique 16-character code. Users are also still allowed to enter their codes manually for redemption.

Article Link: iTunes 11 Store Adds Gift Card Redemption Via Camera (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/29/itunes-11-store-adds-gift-card-redemption-via-camera/)



gmanist1000
Nov 29, 2012, 12:51 PM
Bring this functionality to the iPhone, please! :apple:

r2shyyou
Nov 29, 2012, 12:51 PM
Small but very reasonable addition.

Bring this functionality to the iPhone, please! :apple:

Agreed. I can see this coming soon, iOS 6.1, if I had to guess.

jeremiahfelt
Nov 29, 2012, 12:54 PM
I'd love it if this applied to those '(App|Song|Book|Video) of the week' paper cards you can get at Starbucks. I usually pick one up but so seldom redeem them because the code is a pain in the tookus.

rorschach
Nov 29, 2012, 12:55 PM
Finally don't have to worry about scratching off the numbers and having to email iTunes support. (which I've had to do way too many times).

Kaibelf
Nov 29, 2012, 01:03 PM
Okay THAT is very nice.

Redbeard25
Nov 29, 2012, 01:13 PM
HOORAY! It's finally 2012!

PracticalMac
Nov 29, 2012, 01:20 PM
LONG overdue!

Now for built-in Barcode reading!

brian017
Nov 29, 2012, 01:30 PM
Is this only for OSX cause I don't see any "use camera" on my Windows PC?

phr0ze
Nov 29, 2012, 01:30 PM
I don't know why this took so long. Its a huge overdue feature. Such a pain to type those codes.

Strange that it goes to the Mac first, where it is much easier to scan with a phone.

lunaoso
Nov 29, 2012, 01:35 PM
I'm glad Apple has improved the iTunes gift card "system". First peel off stickers instead of scratch and now this. Very cool.

apfeljonas
Nov 29, 2012, 02:04 PM
Awesome addition! Typing gift card codes has always been very annoying, and I'm sure their customer support got lots of emails about invalid codes when people really just mis-typed.

imgonephishin
Nov 29, 2012, 02:38 PM
I'd love it if this applied to those '(App|Song|Book|Video) of the week' paper cards you can get at Starbucks. I usually pick one up but so seldom redeem them because the code is a pain in the tookus.

I know! And even though letters in the code are all the same case it's still case sensitive. I tried one last week and rather than click the shift button every letter I assumed it would work lowercase. ARGH.

wknapp0924
Nov 29, 2012, 04:06 PM
I'd love it if this applied to those '(App|Song|Book|Video) of the week' paper cards you can get at Starbucks. I usually pick one up but so seldom redeem them because the code is a pain in the tookus.

Download the Starbucks App and all the free picks get emailed right to the app and you can click the link to download instantly.

iPhil
Nov 29, 2012, 06:23 PM
Download the Starbucks App and all the free picks get emailed right to the app and you can click the link to download instantly.

I had 6 free songs in the star bucks msg center and just click on the iTunes icon = Bam easy download- No sign in etc ... :o

ogee
Nov 29, 2012, 09:29 PM
is this only the USA? I cant find it on my German itunes account. Just the standard redeem box.

RMo
Nov 29, 2012, 09:49 PM
...and rather than click the shift button every letter I assumed it would work lowercase. ARGH.

Caps Lock?

(Or you can hold down shift the whole time. No need to press it again for each letter, except for those pesky numbers, I suppose.)

jalebibai
Nov 30, 2012, 12:47 AM
i have won in 2011 and i bought a camera with that money

musio
Nov 30, 2012, 01:54 AM
doesn't work. I have a 2009 mac

BJMRamage
Nov 30, 2012, 08:16 AM
can you just put a rectangle around an old card/code?

and yes, have always thought this would be a GREAT tjhing to add to the phones/pods/pads.


and mine don't seem to be case sensitive...either phone or Mac when entering codes.

anutharoundu
Nov 30, 2012, 05:42 PM
It's an interesting idea I figured theyd be pushing passbook more than this

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macs4nw
Dec 1, 2012, 07:48 PM
Great new feature! Using technology to make people's lives easier. :):apple::)
If you scratch a bit too hard, you sometimes make the numbers/letters illegible; has that been addressed yet?

jason3w
Dec 2, 2012, 06:12 PM
I don't see the option to select "camera" either, in Australia.

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can confirm, after now logging into the USA store, which i also have an account for, that the camera options seems to be for the USA store only. It's showing now, where as in the australian store, it didn't give the option :(
why of why??

tmagman
Dec 2, 2012, 07:00 PM
this feature is legit. Just used the camera to scan two cards i got for my birthday and it blew my mind how fast it recognized them and credited my account.

benji888
Dec 24, 2012, 05:20 PM
Camera option is NOT there:confused:

benji888
Dec 25, 2012, 01:14 AM
Great new feature! Using technology to make people's lives easier. :):apple::)
If you scratch a bit too hard, you sometimes make the numbers/letters illegible; has that been addressed yet?

I just got an iTunes gift card, the new ones say to scratch or peel label off, so I peeled it off, it came off easily, no issues.

macs4nw
Dec 25, 2012, 01:28 AM
I just got an iTunes gift card, the new ones say to scratch or peel label off, so I peeled it off, it came off easily, no issues.

Thanks for that info.

Namtaro
Dec 25, 2012, 01:32 AM
Camera option is NOT there:confused:

You must be doing something wrong cause I just used it today... redeemed my first card manually and the second one I remembered about this feature and tried it out... worked perfectly! I thought it might be using the barcode or something so I blocked it and it still read the code.

Oh and to the person scratching it, all the new cards I've seen have a peel away sticker. :)

I don't see the option to select "camera" either, in Australia.

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can confirm, after now logging into the USA store, which i also have an account for, that the camera options seems to be for the USA store only. It's showing now, where as in the australian store, it didn't give the option :(
why of why??

Works here in Canada as well.

someone28624
Dec 25, 2012, 01:33 AM
Camera redemption worked beautifully for me.

class77
Dec 25, 2012, 05:37 AM
You must be doing something wrong cause I just used it today... redeemed my first card manually and the second one I remembered about this feature and tried it out... worked perfectly! I thought it might be using the barcode or something so I blocked it and it still read the code.

Oh and to the person scratching it, all the new cards I've seen have a peel away sticker. :)



Works here in Canada as well.

He's NOT doing anything wrong. I don't have the camera option either and there are a bunch of threads in Apple support with the same problem.

benji888
Dec 25, 2012, 09:25 PM
You must be doing something wrong cause I just used it today... redeemed my first card manually and the second one I remembered about this feature and tried it out... worked perfectly! I thought it might be using the barcode or something so I blocked it and it still read the code.

Like what? What do you do for the camera option to come up? Do you have a special button you press, or what? I have nothing. The "Redeem" screen for me in itunes only gives me a place to put in a number. That is all. I have the latest itunes and the latest Lion, I keep up with all the updates. No reason, that I know of, why it should not be there for me. I have added to several threads on Apple's own website, but, no one has answers yet.

PaulMoore
Dec 26, 2012, 06:54 AM
Like what? What do you do for the camera option to come up? Do you have a special button you press, or what? I have nothing. The "Redeem" screen for me in itunes only gives me a place to put in a number. That is all. I have the latest itunes and the latest Lion, I keep up with all the updates. No reason, that I know of, why it should not be there for me. I have added to several threads on Apple's own website, but, no one has answers yet.

Not working on my iMac either with latest iTunes running... disappointing

benji888
Dec 27, 2012, 09:19 PM
I gave up...loaded my itunes gift cards manually...got Mountain Lion, updated my mac from lion>mountain lion, now when I go to itunes redeem it gives me the option to use the camera :P :P :P ...I still think it should be working w/Lion:confused:

CrickettGrrrl
Dec 28, 2012, 07:49 PM
Just tried this today with three cards and wow! --Can't believe how fast it was, the light in the room wasn't that great either. I'm spoiled forever now.

musio
Jan 5, 2013, 02:55 AM
Don't think it works on older macs.

Solomani
Jan 5, 2013, 05:12 AM
Just used this feature today for the first time. It worked as advertised on my (new) iMac. Very impressed with little things like these.


P.S. -- I initially made the mistake of launching my iMac's "Mac App Store" application. And then I went to Redeem, and I was confused why I did not see the Use Camera option. It took me a few seconds to realize... DUH... it's supposed to work only on the iTunes application. So I closed the App Store window and launched iTunes to redeem using the iSight camera. And voila! Worked flawlessly.

2012 iMac / OSX 10.8.2

panda bear
Jan 5, 2013, 07:59 AM
I just got an iTunes gift card, the new ones say to scratch or peel label off, so I peeled it off, it came off easily, no issues.

Peeled my first one.. worked perfectly.

Scratched my second one, because I wasn't thinking.. did not work. I had to type it in.

Also, now that I think about it.. it may not have worked because I didn't scratch off ALL of the scratcy-offy-stuff. I just did it like I would any other normal card.. until I could see the code.