iTunes 11 Store Adds Gift Card Redemption Via Camera

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    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.

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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
     
  2. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    Bring this functionality to the iPhone, please! :apple:
     
  3. r2shyyou macrumors 68000

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    Small but very reasonable addition.

    Agreed. I can see this coming soon, iOS 6.1, if I had to guess.
     
  4. jeremiahfelt macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  5. rorschach macrumors 68020

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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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  8. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    LONG overdue!

    Now for built-in Barcode reading!
     
  9. brian017 macrumors regular

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    Is this only for OSX cause I don't see any "use camera" on my Windows PC?
     
  10. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  11. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  12. apfeljonas macrumors regular

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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.
     
  13. imgonephishin macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  14. wknapp0924 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  15. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    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 ... :eek:
     
  16. ogee macrumors 6502

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    is this only the USA? I cant find it on my German itunes account. Just the standard redeem box.
     
  17. RMo macrumors 65816

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    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.)
     
  18. jalebibai macrumors newbie

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    i have won in 2011 and i bought a camera with that money
     
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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.
     
  21. anutharoundu macrumors member

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    It's an interesting idea I figured theyd be pushing passbook more than this

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  22. macs4nw macrumors 68040

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    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?
     
  23. jason3w macrumors newbie

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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??
     
  24. tmagman macrumors 6502

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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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