8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2010 8:51 AM by Chris CA
iheartzombie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I got an iTunes card over Christmas and added it to my account.
But when i try to buy something it charges my credit card and does not take away from my balance.

So I deleted my CC info to see if that would work but when trying to buy things it takes me to the CC info page to add a credit card.

How do I use my iTunes balance for Apps/Songs?

uMBP, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
    You can buy songs and movies, but not apps.

    "iTunes Gift Cards Terms and Conditions (Canada)
    This card is redeemable only on the iTunes Store for the Canada. To redeem this card you must have an iTunes Store account, subject to prior acceptance of license and usage terms. To open an account you must be above the age of 13 and in Canada. The iTunes Store requires iTunes 6.0 or later (7.0 or later for video), compatible software and hardware, and Internet access (fees may apply). Not redeemable for cash (except if required by law). iTunes Gift Cards may not be used on the Canadian store to purchase applications and games."
  • mat81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    well that *****. guess i'll be selling my 50$ gift-card and closing my itunes account.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,660 points)
    guess i'll be selling my 50$ gift-card

    If you redeemed it, it is yours. It is linked your account.
    and closing my itunes account.

    Nothing to close. Just don't use it anymore.
  • mat81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Chris CA wrote:

    If you redeemed it, it is yours. It is linked your account.


    luckly, only redeemed a 15$ one, only 4$ left in credit. 50$ card still full.

    so what are we to do if we don't have a credit card but want apps or games? i bought gift cards as that solution, only to find it not to be.
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Sorry, but as Jim reported, in Canada you must have a credit card to purchase apps. One of the "prepaid" credit cards issued by issuers such as Visa might work, but I have not seen anyone confirm that.
  • mat81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dave Sawyer wrote:
    One of the "prepaid" credit cards issued by issuers such as Visa might work, but I have not seen anyone confirm that.


    hey, that's not a bad idea. thanks, i would not have thought of that. too bad i can't use my gift-card to buy one, but i'll keep it in mind if i decide that i really want to buy off itunes again.
  • north of the border Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Where did you read those terms Jim?

    Because my itunes gift card does not say anything that limits what you can buy, just itunes store which includes apps. It is illegal in canada to add terms or conditions after sale or published elsewhere where these terms and not available to the purchaser at the time of the sale. The gift card provides links to the "terms" but these are not eligible terms since they are not available to the purchaser at the time of the gift card purchase. You could challenge this in small claims court to get back your $50, lot of work for $50 and would take years.

    Visa gift cards charge almost $6.00 admin set up fee per card and last 6 months before they charge you monthly admin fee.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,660 points)
    You could challenge this in small claims court to get back your $50, lot of work for $50 and would take years.

    Jim seems to live in San Diego so I doubt he has any interest in taking it to small claims court in Canada.
    And it would be very little work and take a few hours at most, which is the whole reason for Small Claims Court.