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Apple adds Gift an App to iTunes

Apple adds Gift an App to iTunes

Finally, Apple released the long awaited functionality to gift an app from the iTunes App Store. We have had the ability to gift songs, videos and movies, since long. However, we had been craving since really long for the ability to gift apps to friends and family.

Gifting an app is as easy as purchasing it. Click on the drop down menu beside the purchase link and select “Gift this App”. On the next screen you have to enter the gift recipient’s name and email address and the message you would like to send along with the app. You can also gift it to more than one person at a time.

Please note that the gifts are non refundable. So double check the compatibility of the App with the device of the gift recipient. For instance, some apps are meant only for the iPhone and not iPod Touch, so a person with the iPod Touch might not be able to redeem the gift.

All users logging into the iTunes store this week will be presented with the updated App Store terms and conditions, which they will need to accept before their next purchase. Following are the changes in the terms.

  • The “Gifts” section of the iTunes Store Terms of Sale has been changed to clarify that Gifts may not be used for in-app purchases, upgrades, or the iPod Touch OS, to explain that some gifts require compatible hardware and parental control settings so they can be redeemed, and to notify you that, while gifts are non-refundable, this is without prejudice to your statutory rights to a refund in the event that a gift is faulty or has been misdescribed.
  • A new “Gifts” section has been added to the App Store T&C explaining the conditions under which Apps can be gifted, including an explanation that Gifts may not be used for in-app purchases, upgrades or the iPod Touch OS, and to explain that some gifts require compatible hardware and parental control settings so that they can be redeemed, and to notify you that, while gifts are non-refundable, this is without prejudice to your statutory rights to a refund in the event that a gift is faulty or has been misdescribed.

So go ahead and gift that game your little cousin had always wanted, or build your own wish list!

Article by Rajat

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  • Aaron Dwyer September 22, 2010, 9:02 am

    Do you know if you can gift an app to someone else in a different country that uses a different iTunes store?

    Aaron

  • Rajat September 22, 2010, 5:06 pm

    @Aaron, no that won’t work. In fact what further complicated that kind of thing is that not all apps are available in all stores.

    so its best that you purchase it in the store the gift owner uses or ask him to make a free account in the store where it was purchased from. should not be a big deal. one can use upto 5 accounts to sync apps to iPod and iPhone

  • Aaron Dwyer September 22, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Yes I gifted an app to a UK person earlier this morning, and they can’t use it since I created it in the Australian store.

    How can I purchase the app within the store that the user is in? Do I need an account within that store.?

    Aaron

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