How to gift a song with iTunes

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After finding out that your girlfriend’s favorite singer has released a new song, you didn’t think twice and decided to purchase the song on iTunes to give it to her as a gift. Unfortunately, however, all your attempts have not given the desired result and, for this reason, you would like my help before it’s too late (ie before she can buy it). I guessed right? Then let me tell you that today is your lucky day!

In the following paragraphs, in fact, I will explain to you how to gift a song with iTunes , illustrating the detailed procedure to succeed in your intent. First, I’ll take care of showing you how to associate a payment method with your Apple ID, which is necessary in order to pay for your purchases on the iTunes Store. Next, I’ll explain how to find the song you want to give and how to send it as a gift, both from iPhone and computer. Furthermore, for information purposes, you will also find instructions for sending Apple credit that the recipient of your gift can use as they see fit, including the purchase of a song.

How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know? So let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s go straight to the action. Make yourself comfortable, carve out five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I’m sure that by carefully following the instructions I’m about to give you and putting them into practice on the device of your interest, you’ll be able to give away a song with iTunes in no time. Let it bet?

Can I gift a song with iTunes?

iTunes Store

Before showing you the detailed procedure for gifting a song with iTunes , it might be useful for you to know what the requirements are necessary to succeed in this operation.

First, know that the sender and recipient of the gift must have an Apple ID in the same country or region. To better understand, let’s take a practical example: if you live in Italy and the person to whom you intend to give a song with iTunes lives in your own country or in a European country, you can send a gift via iTunes. If, on the other hand, the recipient lives in the United States, he will not be able to receive your gift.

Additionally, a valid payment method ( credit card , PayPal , or phone credit ) must be associated with the gift sender’s Apple ID, which is essential to completing the gift purchase. It is not possible to gift a song that is available for free.

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As far as devices are concerned, it is possible to give a song with iTunes from an iPhone/iPad and from a computer (even from a Windows PC), provided that you have installed the most recent version of iTunes.

Gift an iTunes song from iPhone

How to gift an iTunes song with iPhone

If your intention is to give an iTunes song from iPhone , all you have to do is associate a payment method to your Apple ID (if you haven’t done it yet), access the iTunes Store and choose the song of your interest.

Then take your iPhone, tap on the gear wheel icon on the home screen, to access the iOS Settings , and press on your name displayed at the top. On the new screen that appears, choose the iTunes and App Store option, touch your Apple ID , press the View Apple ID item and, if prompted, authenticate using Face ID, Touch ID or entering your Apple ID password.

On the Account Settings screen , if you see Apple ID Balance: [amount] , you have credit available that you can use to purchase your gift. If not, or if your balance isn’t enough to pay the full cost of the song you’re purchasing, select the Manage Payments option to select a payment method to associate with your Apple ID.

If you haven’t set one up yet, tap on the Add payment method item and choose one of the available options between Credit card/Debit card ( Visa , MasterCard and American Express circuit cards are accepted ), PayPal and Telephone debit ( only for TIM , Wind and Tre customers ).

In the first case, enter your payment card details in the Number , Expiration , Code , Name , Surname and Address fields and press the Finish button to associate the credit/debit card in question with your Apple ID. If, on the other hand, you have chosen to pay with PayPal, press the Login to PayPal button and, on the newly opened page, enter your account details in the Email address and Password fields to complete the connection between your Apple ID and your PayPal account.

Have you decided to pay with your phone credit? In this case, after selecting the Telephone charge option , enter your telephone number in the appropriate field and tap the Verify button to receive a security code, useful for verifying your identity.

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Alternatively, if you purchased an iTunes Card , you can use it to make iTunes purchases. In this case, start the iTunes Store app by tapping on its icon (the white star on a purple background ), and press on the Music item , visible in the menu located at the bottom.

Then press the Use code button at the bottom of the screen and press the Use the camera option , in order to redeem the gift card amount using your iPhone’s camera. If, on the other hand, you prefer to enter the card code manually, press the item You can also type the code .

You are now ready to choose the song to give as a gift. However, you must know that if the song you are interested in is included in an album, you cannot give the single song as a gift but you must purchase the entire disc. In this case, write down the title of the song, press the Search item located in the bottom menu, enter the title of the song of your interest in the Search field , at the top, and tap the Search button , to find out if the song in question is also available as a single track.

Once you have made your choice, click on the song title , to access its descriptive page and read its details, such as the release date , reviews and related songs . Also, if you want to listen to a preview of the song, you can press its title again and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%.

If you like the song in question and you want to proceed with the purchase as a gift, press the arrow icon inside a square (top right) and choose the Give option from the menu that opens. In the new screen that appears, enter the Apple ID of the person you want to give the song to in the Email field , indicate your name in the appropriate field and, if you wish, enter a message (maximum 200 characters) to attach to your gift.

By default, the gift is sent immediately after purchase. If you wish to schedule the sending of the song by selecting a specific date, press the Today item , visible in the Send gift section , choose the date of your interest and press the Next button .

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On the Select theme screen , choose the theme of your liking and tap the Next item , then make sure that all the data in the Gift confirmation section are correct and press the Buy button to complete the purchase and send the chosen song.

Gift iTunes song from iPhone

How do you say? You don’t know the musical tastes of the person you want to send the gift to? In that case, you can choose to send credit to spend on iTunes and let the gift recipient choose which song to buy.

If you think this is the solution that best suits your needs, all you have to do is access the iTunes Store and press the Send gift button , visible at the bottom of the screen. Then indicate the Apple ID of the recipient of the gift in the Email field , enter your name and a message (if you wish) in the appropriate fields and choose the denomination of the gift by selecting one of the available options between €25 , € 50 , 100 € and Other (minimum €1).

To proceed with sending, then press the Next button and, on the Select theme screen , choose the theme of the gift you prefer, then tap on the Next and Buy items and that’s it.

Gift an iTunes song from computer

Gift an iTunes song from computer

As mentioned in the previous lines, it is possible to give a song from a computer as long as the most recent version of iTunes is installed.

If you have a PC with Windows 10 , you can also download iTunes for free from the Microsoft Store: to do so, start the latter by pressing the shopping bag icon located in the application bar, click on Search and type “iTunes” in the search field . Then press the iTunes icon to access the application download page, and click the Get button to start downloading and installing.

If, on the other hand, you have a PC with Windows 8 or earlier versions , connected to the Apple website, select the Windows option and click on the 64-bit Download button (or on the Download the app from here option , if your operating system has a 32-bit architecture). Once the download is complete, double-click on the file you just downloaded ( iTunes64Setup.exe or iTunesSetup.exe ), press the Next and Install buttons and follow the wizard to complete the installation.

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Do you use a Mac ? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that iTunes comes “standard” in macOS and no download is required. If not, you can either install macOS Mojave which includes iTunes version 12.9 (not available as a dmg package) or download iTunes 12.8 (at the time of writing this is the latest version available as a dmg package) from Apple’s official site.

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When you first launch iTunes, regardless of the operating system installed on your computer, click the Accept button , to accept the terms of use of the software (necessary to use iTunes) and choose whether to share the details of your iTunes library with Apple , choosing one of the available options between No, thanks and I accept .

Now, click on the Access iTunes Store button , enter your Apple ID data in the Apple ID and Password fields and press the Access button . If, on the other hand, you don’t have an Apple ID yet, choose the Create new Apple ID option to create one.

After logging in with your Apple ID, click on the Store option , to check the balance available on your account (top right): if this is zero (in which case, you will not see any amount) or if it is not enough to buy the song you intend to give, locate the Quick music links box and press the Use code option (if you have previously purchased an iTunes Card).

Otherwise, click on the Account option visible at the top and select the View my account item from the menu that appears, then locate the Payment information option and click on the Manage payments button to associate a payment method with your Apple ID , required to purchase a song on iTunes.

In the new screen that appears, press the Add button , select your credit card circuit ( Visa , MasterCard  or  American Express ) and enter the data in the fields Number , Month and Year (with month and year of expiry) and Code of security . Finally, specify the billing information in the Billing address section and click on the Finish button to add your payment card.

Alternatively, you can also choose to pay with PayPal or phone credit . In the first case, select the PayPal option , click on the Login to PayPal button and enter your account details in the appropriate fields. If, on the other hand, you prefer telephone billing, press the telephone icon , enter your telephone number in the appropriate field and click on the Verify button to receive an SMS containing a code, useful for verifying your identity.

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Add Apple ID payment method

Once this is done, you’re ready to gift a song with iTunes. Then select the Store option visible in the menu located at the top and, in the new screen that appears, choose the song you wish to give as a gift by browsing the categories New music , Recent releases , Compilations , etc. Alternatively, write the title of the song you are interested in in the Search field at the top and press the Enter key on the keyboard to view the search results.

Once you have identified the song you are interested in, press the relative down arrow icon , select the Gift song option from the menu that appears and enter the required data. Then specify the Apple ID of the gift recipient in the Email field , make sure that the visible name in the Sender field is correct and, if you wish, add a message (maximum 200 characters) in the Message field .

iTunes gift

Then choose whether to send the gift immediately, by placing the check mark next to the Now option , or whether to set a different date for sending ( Other date ). Then click on the Next button , choose the theme of your interest, placing the check mark next to one of the available options ( App Store and iTunes , Happy birthday , Thank you and A gift for you ) and press on the  Next and Buy gift buttons to complete your order and send your gift.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to send Apple credit as a gift and let the sender choose which song to buy, select the Store option and click on the Send Gift item , then indicate the recipient’s Apple ID in the Email field , select the amount of your interest ( €15 , € 25 , € 50 , € 100 , € 300 and more ) and click on the Next button .

Now, select the theme of your liking ( App Store and iTunes , Happy birthday , Thank you and A gift for you ) and press the Next and Buy gift buttons to complete the purchase and send the selected credit.

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