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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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iTunes 11 Store Adds Gift Card Redemption Via Camera




In Apple's just-released iTunes 11, 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.

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.

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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Bring this functionality to the iPhone, please!
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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Small but very reasonable addition.

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Bring this functionality to the iPhone, please!
Agreed. I can see this coming soon, iOS 6.1, if I had to guess.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:54 PM   #4
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Starbucks?

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.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:55 PM   #5
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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).
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Okay THAT is very nice.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:13 PM   #7
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HOORAY! It's finally 2012!
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:20 PM   #8
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LONG overdue!

Now for built-in Barcode reading!
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 02:38 PM   #9
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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.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:49 PM   #10
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...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.)
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:06 PM   #11
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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.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 06:23 PM   #12
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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 ...
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:29 PM   #13
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is this only the USA? I cant find it on my German itunes account. Just the standard redeem box.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:35 PM   #14
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I'm glad Apple has improved the iTunes gift card "system". First peel off stickers instead of scratch and now this. Very cool.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 02:04 PM   #15
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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.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:47 AM   #16
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i have won in 2011 and i bought a camera with that money
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:54 AM   #17
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doesn't work. I have a 2009 mac
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:16 AM   #18
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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.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:42 PM   #19
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It's an interesting idea I figured theyd be pushing passbook more than this

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Old Dec 1, 2012, 07:48 PM   #20
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Great new feature! Using technology to make people's lives easier.
If you scratch a bit too hard, you sometimes make the numbers/letters illegible; has that been addressed yet?
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 06:12 PM   #21
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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??
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 07:00 PM   #22
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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.
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Camera option is NOT there
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 01:32 AM   #24
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Camera option is NOT there
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.

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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.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 05:12 AM   #25
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Wow, nice feature!

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.

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