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
     
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    Bring this functionality to the iPhone, please! :apple:
     
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    Small but very reasonable addition.

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

    Now for built-in Barcode reading!
     
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    Is this only for OSX cause I don't see any "use camera" on my Windows PC?
     
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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.
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    iPhil

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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:
     
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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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    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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    i have won in 2011 and i bought a camera with that money
     
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    BJMRamage

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

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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?
     
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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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    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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