Gaining an iTunes account

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by macman4789, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. macman4789 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Hi guys,

    Is it illegal to make a US account and purchase content from there if you're from the UK? I'd really like to buy HD movies but they aren't available to purchase from the UK store, just rent :(

    Is it a grey area or is it flat out illegal? I mean I am buying the content just from a different country.

    Thanks for your help guys
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Are you using an Apple TV 2? If yes, then you can't purchase from it at all, since it's only a rental box. If you're using the old Apple TV, then doing that will work, as long as you use an American credit card with an American billing address. I believe you can looking around google to see if you can get around that.
  3. outl4nd3r macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2008
    You don't really need a US credit card, you can use US iTunes prepaid cards. I know when I made my US account (I'm Canadian) I just used Apple's address :D.

    Works like a charm.

    I did the same thing to purchase from the Japanese iTunes store.
  4. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Yeah that's true, as long as you use money/credit from the country you're looking to buy from, then your good to go. You can even use those prepaid mastercards and those work.
  5. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    It's not illegal, in that you can't be arrested for it. It's against Apple's terms of service, which means that if they were to find out they could cancel your account and you'd lose your credit. But I haven't heard of this happening for otherwise legitimate purchases (different if you buy a gift card that was purchased with a stolen credit card etc).
  6. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    What do people recommend as a fairly trustworthy place to buy US iTunes gift cards?
  7. macman4789 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Thanks for the replies guys. I'm not using Apple TV I just plan on downloading and using on my mac. I may plan on getting Apple TV in the future to watch the movies though.

    So if I use a random US address I can can buy using my current UK credit card? Or would I have to buy an iTunes US card off somewhere like eBay US?

    Not wanting to be a pain but how illegal/wrong is this? I mean I'm using iTunes in the first place cos I wanna be legit so don't wanna be breaking the law but don't understand the big fuss on being able to buy the HD movies from the US store, I mean I am willing to pay for them!

  8. fieldy au macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2009
    You cant do this using a UK credit card, as iTunes will compare your address with that of the card. Bar actually being in the US and picking up iTunes gift cards or a pre paid US credit card I'm not sure how you would legally get hold of either of these in the UK.

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