Why apple won't release Itune in some country

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by super michael, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. super michael, Dec 5, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    I don't get this, why does Apple refuse to release Itune cards to Gibraltar? The problem is, the apple shop said I either need to buy Itune cards from ebay or get someone that lives in UK to send it to Gibraltar.

    How on earth can a Apple shop recommend ebay.

    I just don't get it.

    Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft sell card to use on online, but Apple refuse to bring Itune to Gibraltar.

    I want to buy apps from Itune for when I get a Ipod touch 32GB 4th gen.

    For those curious, Gibraltar apple store is called Newton, which is www.newton.gi
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    You can google how to open an account in a different country without a credit card, eg...USA and I would recommend this site...

    ...they are reliable and quick in my opinion. Hope this helps.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2011
    Orlando, Florida
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    The problem is I rather not use credit card or debit card to use Itune store.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2011
    Orlando, Florida
    I don't either -- hence the term PRE-PAID debit card.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    Its the first time hearing Pre-Paid debit card, I have to check about that.
  7. macrumors regular


    Mar 15, 2008
    @super michael: did you try different shops? In my region (Netherlands/Belgium) these iTunes cards are sold in a lot of music shops and kiosks. Maybe a relative can get cards from the UK or Spain? The only other option I can think of is to setup a PayPal account. The iTunes Store doesn't accept any debit-cards of European banks.

    Don't try eBay! Most iTunes cards sold on eBay are fake ones.
  8. macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Sounds like a question you should be asking those lawyers.
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    The WHY is a really simple question to answer: Gibraltar is a very small state which is not only worth less to Apple than they would spend setting up all of its servers to handle a Gibraltar iTunes but more importantly Apple cannot be bothered to haggle with the local record label rights holders for such a small market - its just not worth it. What is curious however is why Apple doesn't simply include Gibraltar in with the UK iTunes site being a British foreign territory however I suspect this may have something to do with political tensions this could create with Spain. Spain is an awfully big market to piss off compared to the gains to be had by offering iTunes to the 30,000 residents of Gibraltar.
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    No shop in Gibraltar sell Itune store card, I check in all the shops in Gibraltar. The only place I can get Itune store card is going to Spain which is like a 10 minutes drive, but the problem is the Spanish € Itune cards are not compatible with the UK Itune store.

    Gibraltar is a small place, so not many shops to check.
  11. macrumors 68040

    Nov 7, 2004
    Perhaps you could ask some of the UK retailers in Gibraltar like Marks and Spencer which does sell iTunes cards in the UK why they do not carry those. iTunes cards are always worth having as they are the easiest way to get a discount on apps. Currently, many shops are discounting the £25 cards - usually at £5 off their face value.

    If the UK iTunes store works in Gibraltar then it is more an issue of economics than legalities or politics.
  12. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    This is an easy fix. go online to visa or Mastercards website and buy a prepaid CREDIT card with cash on it(any amount) and have it mailed to you, then use that to sign up for an iTunes account.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2011
    Mariana Trench

    From the perspective of a company, it makes absolutely no sense developing a system and contracts for a country with a low population and only a percentage of them would even use iTunes. Companies want profit and they cannot cater to the few are not part of the large pool of consumers.

    It's like making a 1TB flashdrive, sure a few people will be satisfied but the research and development needed to produce the flashdrive outweigh the revenue that it would be bringing in.
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    Nope, I called marks and spencer but they don't bring or sell Itune store cards, only the UK marks and spencer do that.

    I have to check for a Pre-debit card then.

    As far as I am aware the economics in Gibraltar is fine, so I doubt because of that. The problem is Apple doesn't allow Gibraltar to receive Itune cards, they don't give authorization to sell in shops in Gibraltar.
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    Ok, but here the strange thing, sure Gibraltar is a small place, but why does Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony sell their store cards in Gibraltar?

    In game shop those store cards for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Sell good. People buy those a lot and there is no issue buying them.

    While Apple doesn't allow Gibraltar to receive Itune store card. In Gibraltar we even have to use a fake post code just to register to UK Itune store, which I did.

    It seems there something weird with Apple and Gibraltar.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2011
    Orlando, Florida
    Here's an idea, super michael, that's guaranteed to fix your problem -- MOVE.

    Move to civilization.
  17. macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2011
    Buy iTunes gift cards (or just the codes) on eBay.

    BTW is the iTunes.app for unsupported countries a different version? Because I don't have the music downloads tab even when using a US iTunes account, however I can access the music store on the PC version.
  18. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    There is no issue downloading free things from Itune store as far as I am aware.
  19. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Chinese people in China just got the ability to use their local currency for their iTunes store. Sadly there is a long way to go to Gibraltar ;)

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