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Itunes Should Be Available to Kids With Money

Posted Mon January 1, 2007 2:10 am, by venice g. written to Apple Computer Inc

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My son received an ipod for Christmas, along with an itunes gift card. When attempting to open an account, we were surprised to see that a credit card was required. My son is a minor and not permitted by law to have a credit card. He planned on purchasing gift cards to buy music and videos on itunes. He now owns a $25 gift card which he is unable to redeem.

I would like to know why a credit card is required in order to open an itunes account, and how people without credit cards are supposed to redeem gift cards.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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by teller Posted Wed March 12, 2008 @ 8:29 AM

There an article relating to this writtin by the credit watchdog in
the UK here:


It suggests getting either a disposable prepaid card or a debit card.

In teh UK there are very few options, but in the US there are a lot of
ways to get a prepaid card as long as your parents buy it for you and
they have a SS number.

Hope that helped.

by gclabbe Posted Sun January 6, 2008 @ 1:23 PM

Howdy all,

brand new to the site, but I really love the idea and the exchanges
I've seen.

I will help with this thread in that some of the people reading might
wondering what happened and blaming themselves.

I am not an internet novice, and I was actually doing the setup for my
daughter's iTunes card, so I KNOW that there was no way to get a gift
card redeemed about a week ago. I tried and tried and despite the
tech notes on Apple's site and other suggestions, there was no "none"
option on the "Create New Account" system.

Today, after reading this thread I got frustrated again because I'm
not stupid, went through the exact same process and presto, big
letters that say CC info is optional and a "none" button.

Perhaps you all helped Apple fix their problem :)


by Donkey Kong Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:14 AM

You just go to redeem gift card, put all the numbers in, fill out the
account information (if you have a gift card, you don't need credit
card info), and start using iTunes!


I know it sounds simple by Venice Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:48 AM

If I had noticed that YOU had written this letter by RedheadWGlasses Tue January 2, 2007 @ 9:49 AM

Too bad you weren't by Venice Tue January 2, 2007 @ 3:12 PM

by Venice Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 10:40 PM

Thanks for the help, everyone. Here's what happened.

On the gift card it says that you must have an iTunes account in order
to redeem the card. When my son tried to open an account, he found
out that a credit card was required. He was pretty much the one
navigating the website as I stood by watching, and between the two of
us, we couldn't find a place to redeem the card without opening an
account. So out of sheer frustration, I put in my credit card
information, even though I knew we had to be overlooking something.

We did try several ways to redeem the card before finally giving up.
Maybe Apple could make the instructions for gift card redemption a
little easier to find. I think the problem might have been that we
didn't start at the right place. When he buys another gift card, he's
going to try again to open his own account using the like provided by
S W.

I should have written the letter before I opened the account, but my
son had already been waiting a week, and I understood that his
patience was wearing thin. I knew someone here would have an answer
for us long before we heard from Apple.

Hey, I never said I was any good at this internet stuff, and my son's
impatience (inherited from me) sometimes causes him to not fully
investigate. So don't blame me! I'm just a soul whose intentions are
good... hahaha!


Glad to hear your son got some thing to look at or listen to. by calm Mon January 1, 2007 @ 11:32 PM

Thanks, he's really enjoying it! by Venice Mon January 1, 2007 @ 11:48 PM

LOL, Venice.. I think they know... by Tina N Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:07 AM

Thanks, Tina by Venice Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:45 AM

I know what you mean... My daughter does that too. by Tina N Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:11 AM
by S W Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 5:56 PM

I assisted my niece with using a gift card on iTunes a few days ago.
The site offers the option of having a credit card on file to pay for
future purchases if you wish. However, as another poster already
mentioned, a credit card is not required and it is quite easy to
redeem a gift card without a credit card on file.

Try this link:



by RedheadWGlasses Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 4:44 PM

"My daughter get an Itunes Rokr phone, we registered with Itunes and
used my debit card. That way I know what she's downloading."

For you parents who like to keep an ear open for what your kid is
listening to these days, this could be worth using your credit card
(and let your kid pay you back) -- a good parental control.

Of course, when I was 10, I would crank Queen's "Get Down Make Love"
and "Bicycle Race" just because my mom hated those songs. So at least
she knew what I was listening to. ;)


by PFBSUCKS Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 3:02 PM

you go to REDEEEM GIFTCARDS on the homepage on itunes.. i've done it
numerous times.. you shouldnt have a problem... my ex friend also got
an itunes gift card before.. she doesnt have a credit card.. and she
was able to do it with no problem.


I couldn't remember... It's been a year by Tina N Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:04 AM
by Chris Flynn Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 2:55 PM

I had no problems redeeming on the gift card. It didn't ask me for a
credit card. Just select the Gift Card and type in the number. It's
that easy.


by ~Leanne~ Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 11:32 AM

I was going to ask if this was at a store or online but seeing the
other responses I have my answer. I can understand the need for a
credit card for the internet as opposed to a checking account which
also needs an adult but there should be a place to redeem gift cards
somewhere, if not to even place a phone call to verify the purchase to
set it up online too. Maybe their website needs a little upgrading.
That can be disappointing to say the least! I hope they can give him
an alternate route to make purchases for himself at least.


by Courtney C Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 9:55 AM

Hmmm... this is actually an extremely relevant question for me and I
hope you'll fill us in on the answer. I had no idea that you needed a
credit card for Itunes, but BF recently received an Ipod as a
Christmas gift from his employer and we're going to be venturing into
Itunes with his gift card as well. Neither of us have credit OR debit
card (whole different banking system here and these smart people NEVER
use credit to purchase anything), so I wonder if he'll be unable to
use it... Anyway, please let me know what their response is?


I don't think you have to... by Tina N Mon January 1, 2007 @ 10:04 AM

by Tina N Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 9:20 AM

Most places require that you be an adult to purchase anything online.
My daughter get an Itunes Rokr phone, we registered with Itunes and
used my debit card.
That way I know what she's downloading.
Just use your debit card. It's how they cover themselves from
lawsuits by parents who let their kids run rampant, then want to sue
when the kid gets in trouble.
Makes it difficult for those with good kids who only want to order
music, and stay out of trouble, but I'd rather have them make things a
little more difficult than have to pay more for songs because of
frivolous lawsuits brought on by crappy parents.


Venice and Tina by Homebound Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:51 AM

by CandyPickletoes Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 6:36 AM

That is a fabulous question Venice. Please let me know what they say.
I had the same issue last year and ended up putting my credit card
info on there (against my better judgement).


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