What to download with Apple's Back to School $100 Gift Card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lyrrad721, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. lyrrad721 macrumors regular

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    I bought a MBA through the Educational Store and got this card. I have an iMac with Snow Leopard and was wondering if I could download Lion with it? Also, as the title states, what else would you download from the App/iTunes Store? Thanks!
     
  2. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    You could buy Lion with your gift card. As regards other applications, you choose whatever you need by going through the relevant catalogues.
     
  3. d0ster macrumors regular

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    When did you purchase your MBA? You may be eligible for Apple's up-to-date program and you can receive Lion for free.
     
  4. lyrrad721 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Bought it last Thursday, am I eligible?

    Edit: Nevermind, I just read that in order to qualify the computer must not have Lion pre installed and my MBA came with it. Guess I have to redeem the card. Still counts as free :D
     
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    Ah yes, sorry I misread your post. Carry on! :eek:
     
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  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    if you could tell us a little about what you plan to do with the computer, that would help us give you better suggestions. here are some programs i have, want, or have heard good things about:

    iwork (pages)
    scrivener
    bbedit
    bento
    bookends (nice)
    voodoopad (very cool)
     
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    If you have to ask, why not save it? Something will come along soon enough.

    But app wise, Aperture and Photoshop are relatively costly and I probably wouldn't purchase without the gift card. Aternatively you can go with something like Slingbox where you have to pay $30 separately for the iPhone and iPad apps - far easier to swallow with a card. Or a sports streaming sub like NHL Gamecenter.

    There's also the iBookstore if you're an iPad reader, or a magazine/newspaper sub.
     
  12. lyrrad721 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is my last year studying Mechanical Engineering before I graduate, and will use the Air as a secondary computer for when I'm at the university. The iMac is my main one. I use CAD software, Matlab, etc... I use Logic Pro also as a hobby to make music.
    Thanks for the advice!
     
  13. solowmodel macrumors 6502

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    Agree with saving until something you really want comes up.

    I do however recommend Reeder - it's a great RSS reader (^^) and I find it extremely convenient.
     
  14. lyrrad721 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh dear... When I went to the App Store to redeem the card it says that the code is not recognized as a valid code.

    Edit: It worked after a few tries.
     

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