While Apple Music and other streaming services have taken over the music industry in recent years, there is still a place on the market for those of us who like to purchase media and that is where iTunes comes in. While many predicted that the platform would die a death after the inception of Spotify and the demise of iPods, the app has managed to stick around as we move into the 2020s.
As a result, iTunes gift cards are still a product worth buying – whether you’re buying it for yourself or as a birthday/Christmas present for a friend/family member. What exactly can you buy with an iTunes gift card, though? If you’re looking for the answers then you’re in the right place! Let’s find out.
What can you buy with an iTunes gift card? The most popular purchases
First things first, iTunes gift cards now come as a ‘app store and iTunes gift card’, meaning that you can actually use them on Apple’s app store in addition to iTunes. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the majority of users still decide to use their gift cards on the iTunes library.
Whether it be the latest album from your favourite music artists or a new film release which you want to download on to your phone for a long car/train/plane journey that you’ve got coming up, iTunes is basically the king of owned digital media. Sure, you can stream the majority of this music and these movies elsewhere but you’ll never own them. iTunes, however, allows users to do just that and that is why the platform is the place where people with an app store and iTunes gift card most commonly find themselves.
There are, of course, other things that you can buy with these gift cards. Let’s take a look at some of them:
As we mentioned earlier, you may well have a long journey coming up that you want entertainment for and if you aren’t a film/music/tv person then what better way to pass time than by playing games? There are some fantastic free games on the app store, however there are some even better ones that cost a bit of money. With an app store and iTunes gift card, you can use some of your balance to purchase some of these games and you won’t regret it.
Some popular paid games on the app store include:
- Heads up
- Football Manager
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Geometry Dash
To search for paid games on your iOS device, head to the app store and then select ‘games’. From here you will see categories including ‘top paid games’. Select this list to see a huge selection of what Apple are currently offering customers.
iCloud storage space
There aren’t many more frustrating things when it comes it iPhones as when you get an error message pop up telling you that you are running out of storage space. Nine times out of ten this results in you deleting things that you didn’t really want to delete. Well, by purchasing more iCloud space, you can prevent this from ever occurring.
To check if this is a worthwhile purchase, head to the storage section on the settings app to see how much remaining space you currently have. If it’s getting close to the max then purchasing more iCloud space for your phone could be the best use of your app store and iTunes gift card.
Yes, we know that we were throwing shade at Apple Music and other music streaming services earlier but if you aren’t bothered about owning any of your favourite music then absolutely sign up to this service instead of using iTunes – you’d be mad not to.
You can use your gift card to sign up for a certain amount of months on the platform, depending on how much money your card is worth. They are currently running a three month free trial, meaning you can try the app out for a short while before deciding if you want to commit to it or not.
If you do decide to sign up, then the subscription will automatically renew each month so make sure to cancel it after you know you’ve used up all your gift card allowance. That is of course unless you’re happy to continue paying via whatever card you have attached to your Apple ID. You can read more about our Apple Music and iTunes comparison if you want a more detailed look at the differences.
To conclude, there are many things that you can do with an app store and itunes gift card from buying music and movies on iTunes to buying digital storage space via the iCloud. With Apple constantly evolving and bringing out more products, the possibilities of these gift cards are only going to continue to expand as time goes on.