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mskelbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I received an itunes gift card for Christmas. I'm waiting to add it to my account to see if I can use it in or add it to the Mac App Store. Is that possible? Also, can the balance in itunes apply to both stores or will it be one big store after implementation? Thank you for your help.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    We won't know for certain until the Mac App Store opens on Thursday. I doubt that an iTunes card will work for the Mac App Store or that a balance in one store will apply to the other, but we'll have to wait and see.

    Regards.
  • Wizyg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I really hope it does it just does not make any sense without it. Some people don't have credit cards. Or chopped them like me :(! Please Apple let us use our iTunes Apple ID in conjunction with iTunes. Its a lot safer also
  • mskelbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think it would make sense to have everything in one superstore. To have different gift cards for different services just doesn't seem right. One stop shopping works for me!
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    The Mac App Store is now active and it does use the same account, and therefore the same credit balance, as the iTunes Store. It appears, though, that you have to enter payment information in the form of a credit card or PayPal (in the US) account to purchase, even though you have a credit balance. There is no "none" option that allows you to use only a prepaid card. That's the way it's working for me, anyway. I have not entered in a CC and tried to purchase something to see if it does indeed draw from my credit balance.

    Regards.
  • mskelbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've gone in there and added my gift card through the mac app store and made a purchase. It didn't ask me for a credit card I think because I have that already setup. It took from my balance I'm assuming because the install started after it asked for my password-just as it does for my iPod touch.

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  • Wizyg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Do you find any bugs with 10.6.6?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    I haven't found any problems. YMMV.
  • emanuelacosta14 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Yes you can use itunes gift cards because once the mac app store is opened there is something on the right side bar that says redeem ... hope that helps
  • mskelbel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Every once in a while when you go to purchase an app it hangs and you get an error message, but that's all I've noticed. Usually if I click it again it works fine.
  • duplessisgolf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I spent an hour with online chat trying to find a way to use an Apple Store Gift Card to buy a Mac App... The customer service rep thought the only way (at this time) was to buy an iTunes Gift Card with the Apple Store Gift Card, and have it shipped to me and that would work. This is too hard... should all be tied together.
  • Mugwumper Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    It looks like, based on my recent purchases in both iTunes and the App Store, that something "hinky"
    is going on - I need to contact Apple to confirm. The other day (before App Store), I had $22+ in my
    iTunes account, and my credit card was charged for the 3 apps I bought from the App Store. Today, I
    seem to have $0 in my iTunes account. :^( Nothing is displayed in the area where it used to show the
    balance remaining, not even $0.00 - ??

    If my credit card was charged [(the price of the 3 apps) - $22], that would make sense. But it looks
    like I just lost $22 . . . :^(

    Anybody have ideas about what might be going on? Thanks . . .
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    duplessisgolf wrote:
    I spent an hour with online chat trying to find a way to use an Apple Store Gift Card to buy a Mac App...


    You can't, not directly. Whether this will ever change I don't know, but this has been the case since the iTunes Store was first opened.

    The customer service rep thought the only way (at this time) was to buy an iTunes Gift Card with the Apple Store Gift Card, and have it shipped to me and that would work.


    The rep was correct. Apple Store gift cards cannot be used in the iTunes Store nor Mac App Store (they use the same accounts and payment systems, which the Apple Stores are not tied into). If you want to buy Mac App Store or iTunes Store content, you would have to use your Apple Store gift card to purchase an iTunes card.

    Regards.
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Mugwumper, I'd suggest you start a new topic with your issue (use the "Post a new topic" link at the top of each main topic page). It's generally better to ask a question as a new topic rather than as a reply in someone else's thread. It's more courteous to the original poster, and is more likely to get your question the attention it deserves.

    Regards.
  • EasyOSX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a "none" option, but in order to access it, you have to try to download a free app first, then it has that option when setting up the account.  If you download a paid app, it doesn't give you that option.

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