Is it illegal to use US itunes acc if outside the country?

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  1. james714x macrumors member

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    I'm outside the US country. Ok so there is a trick to create a US iTunes account by choosing none as the payment option. Now if I use it here to purchase apps and music, is it illegal? Will I get caught? I mean, I'll pay the apps legally using an app.

    Does it bear the same weight as jailbreaking to pirate apps?

    I'm really curious about it and I am about to create now.
     
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Millions of users are doing the same. Apple won't be bothered.
     
  3. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    Legally speaking you are probably violating the store's terms and conditions but whether they want to pursue the case is a different matter all together.
     
  4. james714x, Sep 26, 2012
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    so are you guys saying it's ok to do that? Are you familiar with freemyapps since that's what I'm going to do.
    What if I bring my ipad3 to an authorized apple reseller and they find out my itunes account not matching with the country? Should I just log it out? I mean the country is US but the address is here xD.

    also which screen manufacturer is the best? I hear a lot about DY but heard also it's bad.
     
  5. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Until for example EA starts offering the same sales on intl AppStores than on the US ones, I say perfectly acceptable. I wouldn't use two accounts if purchasing stuff from the US ones wasn't at cases MUCH cheaper. (The above-mentioned EA, for example, generally only has sales in the US AppStore.)


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  6. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. What if most apps are available in our country yet I used a US account to purchase one using freemyapps. Will I get caught easily? If ever I get caught, what does the law say about it?

    Bottomline, should I create a US based account even when I'm outside the US or should I just stay safe and create an account with the country to where I live?
     
  7. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    I think its safe to say having an US account works best. Don't worry too much about the legal stance on this, its not like you are pirating apps anyway.
     
  8. neal5 macrumors newbie

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    ;) That's pretty much it.

    It's technically a violation of the TOS, however as long as there is nothing illegal involved, chances that there will be trouble are more than minor.

    I'm german, I have used an US ID since forever basically speaking
    (though I live in the US now..)
    Yet it has never been a problem. I'd go for it.
     
  9. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    You are not pirating / stealing anything. IMHO, you can just easily disregard Apple's really restrictive (and, IMHO, stupid) rules.
     
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    It's not common; that is, I don't think one should be afraid of its account getting deleted. Besides, I've also told (once, about a year ago) the Apple folks I have two accounts (a local and a US one) but they didn't delete the US one.

    EDIT: of course, one should not tell Apple he/she has a US account, though. It's just that they won't actively track down folks using "illegal" (hah hah) accounts based on IP addresses etc.
     
  12. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone else riding the same boat as the user in that thread?
    Can I not be caught if I choose none as the payment option? That's what everybody is doing. It's a little unfair to me since if his account got blocked, then all the rest should have been blocked.

    Any tips to avoid being seen by apple? I will buy apps legally but the country issue is very small for me but why does it feel heavy? T_T
     
  13. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Just don't tell them explicitly - the guy did in the thread. Again, I in no way think Apple will track down anyone.
     
  14. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    ok to wrap things up again, should I create a US account or not? And Menneisyss2, are you from US? You mentioned of having 2 accounts. I heard a case of doubling the payment when you use identical emails. Mind to tell me the story again?

    offtopic
    @Menneisyss2, yes most animes I will be watching are in .MKV. So you're saying they have retina display support?
     
  15. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    1. You should

    2. I'm not from the US
     
  16. timychann macrumors newbie

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    Create a US account. I've had one on an undisclosed email for over a year now. If anything, you can always say something to weasel your way out of an account closure, if it DOES come to that.
    Also, set the US with a DIFFERENT email, to avoid conflict.
     
  17. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks guys. Also, what if the email I'll use in my US account has the address of our country? Does it matter? I think I'll stick to one account only.
     
  18. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Create a gmail account and use it for registering your US iTunes account.
     
  19. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    should I make my gmail account US based?
     
  20. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    You can - I don't think it'll be checked by Apple, though.
     
  21. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    so, to wrap things up, I may or may not choose US as my country in my gmail account? Why do I have to create another account btw? I have my yahoo already O.O Unless it's really necessary...
     
  22. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Gmail was just an example f quickly creating a use-once mail address for AppStore registration - you can use anything else to register, of course.
     
  23. james714x thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks

    Just concerned, say I'm going to use my primary email to register an US itunes account, if ever my account get caught (percentage of being caught is?), will my email still be there? Can I talk to apple about that perhaps allowing me to use that account?

    and is it possible to download youtube videos in ipad 3 without jailbreaking it? I heard of protube HD but it requires jailbreaking. Also, will the battery life change if you jailbreak the ipad3? Will my ipad3 still function the same way as when it hasn't been jailbroken yet?
     
  24. siritalks macrumors member

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    So how are people actually getting around the payment issue with this? Surely apple can see your credit card details and address when you come to buy something.
     
  25. macingman macrumors 68020

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    I know people who have had their US iTunes account closed therefore losing all their purchases for using a US iTunes account outside the US. (I am in Australia).

    There is really no longer an incentive for people here to use a US iTunes account here as app prices are now cheaper in Australia than the US.

    I personally have never had any problem using my US account to occasionally download free apps from the US store.

    Maybe invest in a VPN service (only costs $7 a month from WiTopia) so when you are downloading from the US store it appears you are in the US.

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    I think these sorts of questions would be better of being asked in the iOS hacks section FYI.
     

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