Apple Adds Ability to Gift App Store Applications

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Users logging into or attempting to purchase from the iTunes Store today were met with a dialog box requiring that they accept a modified version of the iTunes Store and App Store terms and conditions. In addition to some clarifications regarding intellectual property rights and liability, the updated terms also address a "Gifts" section (new in App Store terms and modified in iTunes Store terms) that now includes discussion of a newly-added ability to gift App Store applications to other users.
The "Gifts" section of the iTunes Store Terms of Sale has been changed to clarify that Gifts may not be used for in-app purchases, upgrades, or the iPod Touch OS, to explain that some gifts require compatible hardware and parental control settings so they can be redeemed, and to notify you that, while gifts are non-refundable, this is without prejudice to your statutory rights to a refund in the event that a gift is faulty or has been misdescribed.

A new "Gifts" section has been added to the App Store T&C explaining the conditions under which Apps can be gifted, including an explanation that Gifts may not be used for in-app purchases, upgrades or the iPod Touch OS, and to explain that some gifts require compatible hardware and parental control settings so that they can be redeemed, and to notify you that, while gifts are non-refundable, this is without prejudice to your statutory rights to a refund in the event that a gift is faulty or has been misdescribed.
Selecting the "Gift This App" option next to an application takes users to a special screen where they can fill in their name, the recipient's name and email address, and a message to the recipient. Users may specify multiple recipients and will be billed according to the number of email addresses listed.

Article Link: Apple Adds Ability to Gift App Store Applications
 

azentropy

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Nice if I can use my account balance to pay for the gifting. Not too interested if you can only charge it.
 

Yoda3984

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Nice!

Now I can "gift" myself some apps from my wife's account with that gift card she still hasn't used up... :cool:
 

amac4me

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This is cool! This will surely result in more app purchases and will be a boon for the iPad.
 

roland.g

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Sweet. Who won the 10 Billion $10,000? Start gifting some people with that.
 

FFArchitect

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Good move...

Good move on Apple's part. I know when we build "gift" options into e-commerce sites (even non-profits for donations), revenues increase an average of nearly 30-40%.
 

zacheryjensen

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Translation

I am especially appreciative of the article's quote being translated into both English and Internet. So many more people will be able to comprehend this information now!
 

Bodhi395

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What would be really cool is if you could gift an app you already bought to someone else. But, I realize that could create a whole black market of iPhone apps.
 

agentkow

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While I love this feature, I excitedly read through the new terms looking for the ability to purchase Apps with gift cards in Canada (which has not been available in Canada for some very strange reason), but alas, we still can only purchase music and videos with our gift balance.
 

palaemon

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Can you gift free apps? I mean ones that are on sale for free?

This, along with devs' ability to schedule app price drops, is a great way to get & give apps.
 

azentropy

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Nice if I can use my account balance to pay for the gifting. Not too interested if you can only charge it.
Hate to quote myself, but just gifted an app to my Nephew and it took it out of my PayPal rather than my account balance. Didn't see any option to just use my account balance.

[update] and now see the text saying iTunes credit can not be used for gifts... sigh
 

azraq27

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Craigslist that app

What would be really cool is if you could gift an app you already bought to someone else. But, I realize that could create a whole black market of iPhone apps.
"black market" has a negative connotation...

I wish Apple would extend this to already purchased apps to allow for "alternative commerce" (i.e., I want to sell old apps I don't use)
 

nagromme

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Already?

(I was going to post “finally!” but that ground was already covered pretty well.)

I’m always mailing app links to people, free or otherwise. This will make it much easier.
 

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Again, hurray for negative votes!
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