Paying for iTunes music for a child

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by quaffa, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. quaffa macrumors member

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    Hi,

    My next-door neighbour bought his grandson an iPod for Christmas, but the grandson hasn't been able to use it yet because he hasn't been able to put any music onto it...

    My advice to my neighbour was to create a user account on his MacBook for his grandson, and then his grandson could buy music through iTunes on that account, and then sync his iPod to his iTunes app to get his music onto the iPod.

    But then I pondered how the music could be paid for. My neighbour has no problem paying for his grandson's music, indeed he already has a list of tracks that he wants. Can my neighbour's debit card be associated with his grandson's iTunes Store AppleID, as well as being associated with his own?

    I've done some research on so-called 'family sharing', but I'm not sure if this would be the way forward in this case. If I read that correctly, my neighbour would have to use a credit card for his grandson's payments, but he is one of the 'old school no debts' types, and so he has never held or applied for a credit card. He has loads of funds, but the only card he has is the debit card associated with his own AppleID. Would this cause problems?
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I know in the United States there are Gift cards you can buy at most groceries stores. Plus there are iTunes gift cards too. This way your grandfather wouldn't have to deal with credit!
     
  3. quaffa thread starter macrumors member

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    Ahh, yes! I'd not thought of gift cards, never having used one. Thanks.

    So... If we create him a user account on the MacBook, then sort him out with his own Apple ID by doing the 'free app trick', (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204034), he will then be able to buy music on an iTunes gift card that we acquire for him?

    Presumably the cards have a code or something that he will need to type in?
     
  4. 960design macrumors 68000

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    Yes, you can also 'gift' music or apps directly to their appleID.
    Open up iTunes, find an app, click the little 'v' icon next to the price and select Gift this ...
     
  5. quaffa thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for that. Doesn't seem to be a problem any more.
     

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