8 Ways to Spend the iTunes Gift Card You Unwrapped Today

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    App Store & iTunes gift cards have been a popular tech-themed stocking stuffer for years. If you unwrapped one today, we have eight ideas for what to buy across the App Store, iTunes, Apple Books, and beyond in 2018.

    Start with Apple's instructions for redeeming App Store & iTunes gift cards.

    1. Apple Music subscription

    App Store & iTunes gift cards can be used to fund an Apple Music subscription, which costs $9.99 per month for individuals, $4.99 per month for students, and $14.99 per month for families of up to six people in the United States. Apple Music offers a free three-month trial in most countries.

    Apple Music provides unlimited streaming of over 50 million songs with an active subscription and is available on an iPhone or Android smartphone, iPad, Mac or PC, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod, Sonos, and Amazon Echo speakers.

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    To pay for Apple Music with an App Store & iTunes gift card, simply redeem the card and the monthly or annual subscription cost will be drawn from any store credit tied to your Apple ID. If the balance is zero, then Apple Music will be billed to another valid payment method on file, such as a credit card.
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    Join Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC
    2. Other subscriptions

    App Store & iTunes gift cards can be used towards a variety of other subscription-based services available on the App Store, such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, ESPN+, Tidal, and Dropbox. These subscriptions are available within the apps.

    Note that Netflix has experimented with removing the option to pay for a subscription via iTunes for new customers in certain countries.

    3. iCloud storage

    When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage for photos, videos, and other files. If you need more space, you can upgrade to a larger storage plan, including 50GB for 99 cents per month, 200GB for $2.99 per month, or 2TB for $9.99 per month in the United States. Prices vary in other regions.

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    To pay for iCloud storage with an App Store & iTunes gift card, simply redeem the card and the monthly cost will be drawn from any store credit tied to your Apple ID. If the balance is zero, then the iCloud storage plan will be billed to another valid payment method on file, such as a credit card.
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    4. Popular paid apps and games
    Nowadays, many apps and games are free and rely on in-app purchases, but these are some of the most popular paid titles on the App Store:Alto's Odyssey -- $4.99
    CARROT Weather -- $4.99
    Dark Sky -- $3.99
    Deliveries -- $4.99
    Fantastical 2 -- $1.99
    Yoink -- $5.99
    Procreate -- $9.99
    LumaFusion -- $19.99
    Halide -- $3.99Prices are based in U.S. dollars and vary in other regions.

    5. In-app purchases and game currencies

    Spend your App Store & iTunes gift card balance on in-app purchases and game currencies, be it V-Bucks in Fortnite, PokéCoins in Pokémon GO, extra moves in Candy Crush Saga, gems in Clash of Clans, or something else.

    6. Holiday movies on sale in iTunes

    Many holiday movies are on sale in iTunes for a limited time, including classics such as Home Alone and A Christmas Story.

    $7.99:Arthur Christmas
    Gremlins
    The Night Before
    A Christmas Carol
    Edward Scissorhands
    Happy Christmas
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    $9.99:Home Alone
    Elf
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Die Hard
    A Christmas Story
    The Polar Express
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Ultimate Edition
    The Santa Clause
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
    Jack Frost
    The Nativity Story
    Miracle on 34th Street
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    ScroogedPrices are based in U.S. dollars and vary in other regions.

    7. Disney audiobooks

    Disney has a variety of audiobooks available on the Apple Book Store, with some free and others priced under $20 in the United States.

    8. iMessage sticker packs

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    If you still have a dollar or two left in store credit after working through this lift, elevate your iMessage game with some sticker packs.
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    Use stickers with iMessage on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touchIf you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments section!

    Article Link: 8 Ways to Spend the iTunes Gift Card You Unwrapped Today
     
  2. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    You can’t pay for Netflix via iTunes any longer in the US unless you were already doing so.

    Merry Xmas.
     
  3. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030

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    Is anyone else able to draw down monthly payments for iCloud storage from an iTunes GC balance? I always have a pretty good outstanding balance and it always pulls the payment from the credit card on file.
     
  4. JosephAW macrumors 68020

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    How about transferring to and from my Apple Pay Cash account?
     
  5. Populus, Dec 25, 2018
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    I recommend a game I just purchased this Christmas, the fourth iteration of The Room: Old Sins. It is apparently shorter and easier than the previous trilogy, but for a couple of bucks it is a good entertainment choice. And probably a good introduction to the series (I have all of them). Old Sins is now half the price.

    Also on sale, a game from my country, two Spanish brothers are behind Starman: A tale of light. Its regular price of 4-5 and now it's only 1$ on iOS. It's also available on MacOS with a much higher pricetag. It is a great puzzle game with gorgeous art. Take a look at it, because sadly the App Store is not featuring it and it is barely visible.

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    By the way, is it possible to pay Netflix with my Apple funds? Is it more expensive or same price? Is it still mandatory to register a debit/credit card? Thank you.
     
  6. B4U macrumors 68000

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    It is sad to have to advertise for Apple Music like this!
    The number 1 should have been In-app purchases, given the crappy business model of the gaming industry right now.
     
  7. pat500000 Suspended

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    Great way to spend that gift card? Mail it to me.
     
  8. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

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    Likely not since these cards often sell for 10-15% off. Apple is fine with that since they get ~30% cut of store sales, but if you could buy an App Store card for 15% off, then convert to currency, you’d be instantly getting 15% free. Obviously Apple’s not interested in giving money away.

    I’m bummed they still can’t be used for Apple Store purchases, but it’s the same reason as above.
     
  9. ZipZap macrumors 603

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    I would add info on how to pay for Apple Music on a yearly basis at the end of the trial, which saves money.
     
  10. simonmet, Dec 25, 2018
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    In-game currencies? You mean borderline gambling! No, these should not be supported and I’ve long argued Apple are abhorrent for allowing them in the App Store. They’ve ruined the ability to find decent games that don’t use them.

    Subscriptions and expansions sure, but don’t support scammy freemium in-game currencies MacRumors. Take a stand!
     
  11. Piggie macrumors G3

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    I'm not disagreeing with you, but how do you feel about Fortnight ?
     
  12. simonmet macrumors 68020

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    All I (think I) know about Fortnight is it’s kind of the biggest thing right now, it’s probably a FPS and probably uses in-game currency. The latter two are why I’m not the least bit interested in finding out any more.
     
  13. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    My iCloud sub pulls from my stored iTunes card balance. I don’t remember doing anything special to make it do that.
     
  14. nburwell macrumors 601

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    My iCloud storage plan has always pulled from my iTunes store credit when I receive the receipt each month.
     
  15. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030

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    That is so strange. Glad I asked though.
     
  16. schmegs macrumors newbie

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    It could be that your iCloud account is different than your iTunes account (that's the case with me).
     
  17. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030

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    Ahhh. That’s exactly what it is. Really wish Apple would let us merge those old accounts.
     
  18. thanhquang macrumors newbie

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    when you add gift card balance to your account apple will automatically charged on your gift card balance instead of your credit card when you purchase on App Store, music subscription, so that many people start to buy gift card to save money.
     

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