iPhone 8(+) Add Funds to your Apple ID/iTunes Cards

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DrWho, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. DrWho macrumors member


    Dec 11, 2008

    I don't have a credit card connected with my iTunes, Never have, never will, the thought/fear of a larger debt/larger amount owing on my credit card is incentive enough not to do that

    But since iTunes Cards are still being sold, What is the difference between this and iTunes Cards?

    And when did this appear anyway?
  2. mattguy10 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2010
    Are you talking about iTunes gift cards?
  3. Banglazed, Apr 19, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2018

    Banglazed macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    It is just similar to iTunes gift cards but basically its a digital store credit to Apple ID to make purchases such as games, apps, music, tv shows, book or iCloud services.

    I believe it was primarily used in China and the feature may have rolled out worldwide now.

    and maybe an extended feature to reload iTunes Pass

    Apple ID, App Store & iTunes are all the same linked to your Apple account. Convenience and easiest way to just add funds directly to Apple ID than buying gift card and then redeem it.
  4. woodynorman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    Send yourself a iTunes gift card? My mother in law doesn't have a CC associated with her Apple ID. I just send her a gift card every once in a while
  5. JUCJ85 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2011
    If you have a PayPal account, just link that to your iTunes account, I pay that way usually.
  6. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Added convenience. You still need to redeem iTunes gift cards to your account. Adding funds directly means you skip a step or two.
  7. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    As above if you make a purchase in iTunes it is normally billed to your linked credit card.

    If you receive an iTunes gift card for $50 you transfer the $50 from the card to iTunes by clicking on Account/Redeem in iTunes. Once that is done you have $50 in a "credit bucket" in your account. Your iTunes card is now dead and can be discarded. From then on any purchases up to $50 will be deducted from your credit bucket. After the $50 has been used and your credit bucket is empty then the billing will revert to your credit card.

    This can be useful as you find during the Christmas season discounted iTunes cards, $85 gets you a $100 iTunes card. So in December I estimate how much I will spend over the next 12 months for iCloud storage, iBooks, IOS apps, Mac apps, etc. I then purchase enough discounted iTunes gift cards to cover that amount, saving myself 15%.

    Looking in iTunes (Account/View my Account) under "Apple ID Account" I see that I have an "Apple ID Balance" of ~$150. My iCloud storage charges over the next 8 months will be ~$80, so I have approximately $75 left for iBooks, apps, etc. in my credit bucket until I do the next refill in December.

    Over the last few months I've also seen 1 day PayPal iTunes card promotions which have been listed on the front page sidebar of MacRumours. Right now Costco sells a $100 card for $94.49.

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