Converting iTunes cards to a different country

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacBook'06, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. MacBook'06 macrumors member


    Jun 10, 2006
    Cardiff, Wales
    Hi all,
    I recently received a $350AU Borders gift cards from school because of my grades etc...

    I was planning on using some of this money in purchasing an iTunes gift card (not sure how much yet but that is irrelevant). The issue is, I am leaving the country (Australia) to move to Wales, UK. I don't think I will be able to use up all the iTunes credit before I leave in February.

    So my question is: Can I somehow transfer the iTunes credit for my Australian account to an English account?

    Is there restrictions based on the IP address that does not allow me to use my Australian account in England? (if not, then the above question is irrelevant)

    Last Question: Will my previously bought songs be able to be played on a computer in England if in the case I authorise a different computer to the one I am using currently? Or will it only let me authorise an English account?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    I am not sure, but i think you can switch it to different countries, you just set up a itunes store that says your from australia. It wont tell because of your ip or anything. Maybe your address.
  3. guifa macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2002
    Auburn, AL
    You can't transfer money from one currency to another, unfortunately.

    You CAN keep the same account name, just changing your banking details. Sadly for people like me, American citizens who reside in the exterior can not have both their American and Spanish (in my case) banking details in the system at the same time to be able to freely shop between the different stores. Instead, after making a purchase in the Spanish store, I have to go back in my account and enter in all my banking details again and change my address again in order to make a purchase from the US store. To then buy a Spanish album I have to do it again. Back and forth over and over and over again.

    I think many people have tried finding ways to use gift cards in the different countries, but without any success. I would suggest buying lots of $5 or $10 ones so as to minimise any lost money. But, then again, you can still use use your Australian cards while you're in Britain, you just can't buy from the British store, only the Australian one.
  4. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006
    Pffft... gift cards are a whole different story, lucky for us.

    You can certainly start an iTunes store account in any country's iTms with a gift card from that country.

    For example, I live in Canada. Our iTms sucks ass, so I travel over the nearby border to the USA once in a while and pick up gift cards from there. I have an account in the US store that I can access from anywhere in Canada (just change the iTunes store to "USA" and login).

    I have to do this through pre-paid cards, since I don't have an American credit card, but for me it's a minor thing.

    As for stuff you bought already, you can authorize up to 5 computers. Apple doesn't care where in the world they are, but it will ask you to log into the store from which the songs were purchased to authorize.

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