How to buy on iTunes

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Your favorite singer has released a new album available exclusively in digital format. Looking forward to listening to the new songs, you want to buy the album in question on iTunes but, having never done it before, you don’t have the slightest idea on how to go about doing it. That’s the way it is, am I right? Then let me tell you that today is your lucky day!

With this guide, I will explain how to buy on iTunes from iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even from Windows PC. First, I will list the payment methods available to buy content on the famous Apple store, also showing you the procedure to add one to your Apple ID. Next, you will find the walkthrough for accessing the iTunes Store and purchasing music, movies, books, and even ringtones for your iPhone.

If you agree and can’t wait to find out more, let’s not waste any more precious time and immediately jump into action. Courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you deem appropriate, and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I assure you that by carefully following my instructions and trying to put them into practice on the device of your interest, buying on iTunes will be child’s play. Let it bet?

Payment methods to purchase on iTunes

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Before getting to the heart of this tutorial and explaining to you, in detail, how to buy on iTunes, it might be useful to know which payment methods are accepted on the famous Apple store, which you surely know allows you to buy and download songs, movies (also for hire), books and audiobooks.

To complete the payment for content on iTunes, you can use Apple Pay, your PayPal account, or a credit/debit card from the Visa, MasterCard and American Express circuits . Furthermore, it is also possible to choose the debit on the telephone bill provided that your operator allows it (in Italy it is available for TIM and WINDTRE customers ).

Alternatively, it is possible to use an iTunes Card, an Apple prepaid card that can be purchased both in physical format (in denominations of  15,  25 ,  50, and  100 euros ) in Apple Stores and authorized points of sale, such as electronics stores and the Sisal and Lottomatica betting shops, which in digital format on the official Apple website, in customizable denominations from 10 to 200 euros.

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If therefore, you are wondering how to buy on iTunes with 18app, the 500 euro bonus that the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers has dedicated to children who have completed or are about to complete ( in the current year) 18 years old, I’m sorry to tell you that it is not possible to do this. In this regard, if you don’t know how to spend your 500 euro Culture Bonus, you need to know that you can use it on Amazon, TicketOne, Spotify, and many other services, such as IBS, LaFeltrinelli, and Libraccio, which I told you about in this guide.

How to buy on iTunes from iPhone/iPad

How to shop on iTunes from iPhone

To purchase on iTunes from iPhone or iPad, you must first access the iOS/iPadOS Settings, by tapping on the gear wheel icon on the home screen, then you must press on your name, and, in the new screen displayed, you must Select the Payment & Shipping option to verify the payment method associated with your Apple ID.

If you have not yet added one, select the Add payment method option, tap on the option of your interest between Apple Pay, Credit Card / Debit Card, PayPal, and Phone Charge, and follow the instructions shown on the screen to complete adding the selected payment method.

For example, if you are wondering how to purchase on iTunes with telephone credit, all you have to do, if you are a WIND TRE or TIM customer, is select the Telephone charge option, enter your telephone number in the appropriate field and press the Verify button, to receive an SMS containing a verification code. Then enter the code in question in the Enter the code field and tap the Verify button at the top right to associate this payment method with your Apple ID.

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How to buy on iTunes with phone credit

At this point, you are ready to buy on the iTunes Store. To do this, start the iTunes Store app by tapping its icon (the white star on a purple background ) and accessing the section of your interest between Music, Movies, and Ringtones. Regardless of your choice, in the new screen that appears, select the Featured option, to view current content, or the Ranking item, to view the list of albums, songs, movies, and ringtones most purchased on the iTunes Store.

Alternatively, click on the Search item, specify the content you wish to purchase (e.g. the title of a movie, the name of an album, etc.) in the Search field, at the top, and tap the Search button to view the results of the Research.

After identifying the content you wish to purchase, tap the relevant [price] button and confirm the purchase by pressing the right side key twice consecutively and logging in via Face ID, using Touch ID or, again, by entering the password of your Apple ID and tapping the  Buy button.

If, on the other hand, you intend to buy a book or an audiobook, start the Books app, select the Book Store or Audiobooks option, locate the title of your interest and tap the Buy [price] button to complete the payment and add the book in question in the Library section.

Finally, I would like to point out that, through the Gift function, it is also possible to purchase content for another person. In this regard, my guide on how to gift a song with iTunes may be useful.

How to buy on iTunes from Windows PC

How to buy on iTunes from Windows PC

If you’re wondering if it’s possible to buy iTunes from Windows PC, you’ll be glad to know that the answer is yes. All you have to do is launch iTunes, locate the content you wish to purchase, and complete the payment.

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If iTunes is not yet installed on your computer, you should know that it is available for free as an application for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store. If, on the other hand, you use an older version of Windows, you can download it from the official Apple site. For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how to download iTunes.

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When you first start iTunes, select the Account option, in the top menu, press the Login item from the menu that opens, and, in the new screen that appears, enter the data associated with your Apple ID in the Apple ID and Password fields, to log in. Once this is done, select the Account options and View my account, to verify the payment method associated with your Apple ID.

If you have not added one yet, click on the Manage payments option, click on the Add button, select the payment method you prefer (credit/debit card, PayPal, and telephone debit ), enter the data in the appropriate fields, and press the button Finish, to add the selected payment method.

At this point, you are ready to start buying the content of your interest on iTunes. Then select one of the available options between Music (to buy songs and music albums), Movies (to buy or rent movies), and Audiobooks (to buy audiobooks) through the drop-down menu located at the top left and, in the new screen displayed, select the Store item.

Now, locate the content you wish to purchase, click on its preview image and click on the [price] Buy button, to purchase albums, films, and audiobooks, or the [price] button, if you intend to purchase individual music tracks. . Finally, enter your Apple ID password and click on the Buy button to confirm your intention and complete the payment.

How to buy on iTunes from Mac

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To purchase on iTunes from Mac with macOS 10.14 Mojave or earlier versions, all you have to do is start iTunes, access the section of your interest ( Music, Movies, or Audiobooks ), and locate the content you wish to purchase.

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To proceed, first, make sure you are logged in with your Apple ID by pressing on the Account option visible in the menu bar at the top. If you do not see the email address associated with your Apple ID, select the Login option, enter your account details in the Apple ID and Password fields and click the login button to log in.

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Now, select the Account and View My Account options and, in the new screen that appears, locate the Payment Information section, to view the payment method associated with your account. If you have not yet added one, click on the Manage payments and Add buttons and select the one you prefer between credit/debit card, PayPal, and telephone charge.

Add Apple ID payment method

Once this is done, you are ready to buy the content of your interest on iTunes. Then select one of the options available between Music, Movies, and Audiobooks through the drop-down menu located at the top left, press the iTunes Store item, locate the content you want to purchase, and click on the [price] Buy button (or [price] to purchase single songs), to complete the payment.

If, on the other hand, you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you should know that iTunes has been separated into Music,  Podcast, and  TV applications. This means that the procedure varies depending on the content you intend to purchase.

If you intend to buy a song or a music album, start the Music application, locate the Store section in the left sidebar and select the iTunes Store item. Now navigate to New Music, Reserve, Special Price Albums, etc., and locate the content you intend to purchase. Alternatively, you can find a song or album by genre by selecting the All Genres option, on the right, and selecting the genre of your interest ( Jazz, Metal, Pop, Reggae, Rock, and so on).

Once you have identified the content you wish to purchase, click on the [price] Buy button, to purchase an entire album, or the [price] button, to purchase a single song. Then enter your Apple ID password and press the Buy button to complete the payment.

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Similarly, using the TV application, you can also proceed to buy or rent a movie. After starting the app in question, select the Film tab at the top, locate the title of your interest and click on the Buy at [price] or Rent at [price] button. If, on the other hand, you see the Subscribe option, it means that to see the chosen film, you need to activate a subscription to Apple TV+, Apple’s streaming service (4.99 euros/month with a 7-day trial or available free for 12 months for those purchasing an eligible Apple device).

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Finally, I point out that if you intend to buy a book or an audiobook, you can do it through the Books app, selecting the Book Store for books or Audiobook Store for audiobook options.

How to buy on iTunes USA

How to buy on iTunes USA

How do you say? Would you like to buy it on iTunes USA? If so, all you have to do is change the country associated with your Apple ID.

To do this, take your iPhone/iPad, press the gear wheel icon, to access the iOS/iPadOS Settings, tap your name visible at the top and choose the iTunes and App Store options. In the new screen that appears, press on your Apple ID, select the View Apple ID item and tap on the Country/Region option.

Now, select the Change country or region item, put the check mark next to the United States option, and press the Accept button twice consecutively, to accept the terms and conditions of Apple services and change the country associated with your Apple ID.

At this point, all you have to do is add a payment method that is also valid in the United States (e.g. PayPal ), access the iTunes Store, and purchase the content of your interest, following the instructions I have given you in the previous paragraphs. To find out more, you can read my guides on how to change the App Store and how to return to the Italian App Store.

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