Apple Offering 10% Bonus When Adding Funds Directly to Apple ID

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    Apple is rolling out a new promotion that offers customers a 10 percent bonus when adding funds directly to their Apple ID account in the United States between December 17-20. The bonus applies once on up to $200 and was first highlighted by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

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    The funds can be used towards purchases on the iTunes Store and App Store, an iCloud storage subscription, and so forth.

    To add funds directly to an Apple ID, go to Settings > Your Name > iTunes & App Store and tap your Apple ID > View Apple ID. Sign in if necessary, tap "Add Funds to Apple ID," tap the amount that you want to add, and confirm your selection. There's also a shortcut available at the bottom of the App Store.

    Adding funds to an Apple ID requires having a valid payment method on file and is particularly useful for prepaid credit cards.

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    Wonder if it works with Apple Store app purchases?
     
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    I like your thinking. ;)

    I am sure there is some fine print…
     
  5. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

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    I’m sure they didn’t think of that.
     
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  7. mrow macrumors regular

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    I misread what this was for. I thought it was to add it to your Apple Pay Cash wallet, not to your Apple ID.

    This is poor bonus in that case because iTunes gift cards are regularly on sale for 15% off so you’re better off waiting for that unless you need the funds ASAP.
     
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    This is great, but also great have been those eBay promotions where you get a $100 iTunes gift card for $85 (a 15% discount).
     
  10. Graphikos macrumors newbie

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    Interesting. I'm just about to pull the trigger to switch from Amazon Music Unlimited to Apple Music now that they support the Echo. I pay yearly for Amazon Music so "paying" for a year of Apple Music is already budgeted so this seems like a good way to go about it!
     
  11. Stephen13, Dec 17, 2018
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    Apple Store = retail items (hardware, accessories)
    App Store = digital content (apps, music, movies, etc)

    I'm reading the terms now on the App Store. The deal only applies to App Store digital content. Purchases at Apple Retail Stores and Apple Online Store, among other things, are specifically excluded.

    To me, the distinction between APP Store and APPLE Store gift cards is confusing and annoying. As evidenced by the quoted post, the names are close enough that the casual shopper or even the enthusiast might not realize the difference. You cannot use APP Store money for hardware (but you can use Apple Store money to buy an App Store gift card!).

    My personal experience: I am planning to buy some hardware soon and asked for Apple Store gift cards for my birthday. I accidentally got App Store gift cards, which I then learned cannot be redeemed for hardware. They probably thought, hey, it’s all the same thing right? Nope! Now I’m stuck with $100 in App Store / iTunes credit that will take me ~2 years to burn renting the odd movie or buying a song here and there.
     
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    Discounts are very uncharacteristic for Apple. First discounts on HomePod and now discounts on loading money on to Apple ID. I wonder where this philosophical change came from. Maybe it’s a hallmark of Apple becoming a services company where fluctuating prices are necessary to compete.

    While I appreciate the discounts, it worries me that Apple is deviating from Steve Jobs concept that if you build the best products that you can make, then the value to shareholders will come. Steve didn’t aim to satisfy the shareholders. He just built incredible products and the share price went up as a result. Not the other way around.

    I’m not ready to panic yet but this does worry me.
     
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    I've been buying iTunes gift cards at 15% off for years. This isn't a deal at all.
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    Hmm, they raised the price of their iPhones, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and priced their HomePod twice the price of their competitors. Wonder what it could be ....
     
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    You might be mistaking. Just because its not a good deal, doesn't mean its not a "deal". This is the first time Apple themselves have had a discount on iTunes "gift cards" so to speak. Could be testing the waters for future promos.
     
  15. ckbraman, Dec 17, 2018
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    > To add funds directly to an Apple ID, go to Settings > Your Name >
    > iTunes & App Store and tap your Apple ID > View Apple ID. Sign in if
    > necessary, tap "Add Funds to Apple ID," tap the amount that you want to
    > add, and confirm your selection.

    I have a separate Apple ID for my iCloud storage, and in that circumstance, there doesn't seem to be any way to add funds to the account. There is no path for Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Apple ID > View Apple ID.

    If anyone knows an alternate method or workaround, please post.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yep - as others have said - 15% off iTunes cards is a pretty standard discount - Best Buy offered 20% on Black Friday. 10% isn't really worth bothering.
     
  17. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

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    It does. And if you have an iCloud storage subscription, it will also pull from that balance when you get billed. Ever since eBay has been running these 15% off promos, I've been keeping my balance topped off that way and getting basically a 15% discount on all my apps, movie rentals, etc.
     
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    Hasnt rolled out completely. Does not offer me a 10% bonus.
     
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    Just worked for me. Now have $220 balance for only $200. Thanks.
     
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    Why bother? I can use facebook to send and receive money at ease without any fees!
     
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    This is referring to Apple ID money (iTunes/App Store).
     
  22. PG(Austin) macrumors regular

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    Let's say half of Apple users take this "bonus". $200 a pop, less 10% in Apple's bank account to do with what they will, or just collect the interest for a few days....cha ching...10% back is a pin point in that equation.

    Apple thanks you...
     
  23. alexhardaker macrumors regular

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    This!!
     
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  25. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

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    That's the whole game of Apple Pay Cash too. I wonder how much money Venmo, PayPal etc are holding at any given point...
     

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