Gifting iTunes Movies, Music and More

Some people may prefer digital iTunes gifts instead of physical CDs and DVDs. You can send a specific album, movie, app or book as a gift to another Apple user from within iTunes. You can include a special message and even schedule the gift.

Video Transcript
So with the holidays coming you may find that you want to buy music or movies for friends and family as gifts. Now in the past that meant buying CDs for music and DVDs for movies. But a lot of people today want things digitally.

First of all for movies you get higher definition. DVDs are still old standard definition. So you may want to get the iTunes version of the movie or you can watch it on your Apple TV, your iPad, your Mac, your iPhone. The same for music. You may want to add to your iTunes collection rather than getting a physical CD. Fortunately this is pretty easy. You can do this in iTunes.

For instance let's go and say we want to buy a movie for somebody as a gift. So we'll switch, in the iTunes store to movies, and we'll see what's here. So let's look at Spiderman. Spiderman is available to buy for twenty bucks and I can buy it for myself, very easily, by clicking here. But I can also click here and I can Gift this movie.

Now it prompts you to enter an email address for the person you want to send the gift to. You'll want to use their iTunes email address so if they have multiple ones find out which one that is although I believe if they get it to another email address they can redeem it anyway. It's just like giving a gift card. Then you can fill in your name in Sender. So you can use whatever you want for your name there and you can provide a message. So you can tell them why you're getting them this movie and happy holidays and all that kind of thing.

You can select to send it Now or select a certain date. So you can set these things up now to send for the holidays, to send for birthdays, for whenever it is that you want or even just send it, you know, on the weekend or a weekday if they check their email more often then. So you can set this all up.

If you want to know more there's a little Learn More About Gifting button here which gives you links to other things that you can do like sending gift cards. Now notice here you can gift all sorts of things. So you can gift not only movies but you can do music, of course. You can select an album and gift that. You can also do apps and books as well. So a wide variety of gifts for those that prefer digital gifts rather than collecting more physical items.

Comments: 6 Responses to “Gifting iTunes Movies, Music and More”

    nancy petersen
    10/26/17 @ 1:31 pm

    My daughter gave me a copy of the musical Hamilton to be watched on line. She brought it up on my iPad. I cannot find it now. Where should I look ato find it. I never intentionally deleated it.

    10/26/17 @ 1:44 pm

    nancy: Did she buy it for you through iTunes? if so, launch the TV app on your iPad and tap on Library at the bottom.

    nzimck
    10/26/17 @ 1:57 pm

    iTunes Gift cards can only be redeemed in the country of purchase and if sent as ‘a gift’ to a person in a different country, the only recourse is for the purchaser to apply for a refund from Apple. iTunes Gift Cards could be a perfect gift for overseas family. This seems clunky and ‘un-Apple’ like. I guess it has something to do with taxes and/or exchange rates.

    Lanne
    10/26/17 @ 4:40 pm

    Can gifting be done from an Apple user with iTunes to those who have android devices rather than Apple devices?

    10/26/17 @ 4:51 pm

    Lanne: In the cases I mention in this video, there would be no point. Apple only sells apps that work on iOS, not android. And videos would require the TV app. So what would you even buy an Android user on iTunes that they could use?

    Lanne
    10/26/17 @ 4:55 pm

    Good point. I didn’t know for sure, so I asked. Had I known the answer, I wouldn’t have bothered to ask the question.

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