Gifting music on itunes

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How to gift iTunes music, films, TV shows and books

Just because people don’t tend to want DVDs and albums these days doesn’t mean you can’t give music and movies as gifts – here’s how to gift a song, movie, book, and more to someone using an iPhone or Mac

By Karen Haslam | 11 Mar 18

In the old days it was quite likely that when it came to a birthday or Christmas, you would give friends and family DVDs, CDs and books. Now that everyone does all their movie watching, music listening and book reading on iPhones and iPads just what are you supposed to give?

Well luckily you can still give digital versions of movies, music and books – it’s really easy to gift them via Apple’s iTunes and iBook Stores. We have a guide to giving apps on the App Store here.

How to gift an iTunes movie or TV series

You won’t have to gift wrap it, but you can still give a movie or TV series to a friend for their birthday. Here’s how:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to iTunes Store.
  2. Tap on Films or TV Programmes.
  3. Find the film or TV show you want to give.
  4. In the top right corner you will see the share icon, tap that.
  5. Now tap on Gift.
  6. Enter the email of the recipient, and a message.
  7. Choose when you want to send the gift.
  8. Tap Next.
  9. Choose a theme.
  10. Confirm Your Gift: you will see a warning that you will be charged immediately.
  11. If you are happy to go ahead, tap on Buy.

How to gift an album or music track on iTunes

To give someone a track or an album on iTunes you will need to follow a similar process to the one above.

  1. Choose the track or album.
  2. Tap on the share icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap on Gift.
  4. Enter the recipient email and an up to 200 word message.
  5. Choose when you want to send the gift.
  6. Select the theme and tap Next.
  7. If you are happy to be charged, tap on Buy.

How to give an audiobook on iTunes as a gift

Audiobooks can be foundin the iBooks app on your iPhone (they did used to be in iTunes, if you were wondering). Here’s how to give an audiobook as a gift.

  1. Open iBooks on your iPhone.
  2. If you know which audiobook you are looking for, tap on Search.
  3. If you are looking for inspiration, tap on Top Charts.
  4. To view Audiobooks tap on the middle tab.
  5. Find the audiobook you want to gift, select it and tap on the share icon in the top right corner.
  6. Tap on Gift.
  7. Enter the recipient email and your message.
  8. Choose the date to send the gift.
  9. Select the theme and tap Next.
  10. Tap on Buy.

How to give a book as a gift on iPhone or iPad

You can also give a book in the same way.

  1. Find a book you want to gift.
  2. Tap on the book cover to see a details about the book, tap on the share icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap on Gift.
  4. Enter the recipient email and a message.
  5. Choose the date to send the gift.
  6. Select the theme and tap Next.
  7. Tap on Buy.

How to give music, films, audiobooks and TV shows from iTunes using a Mac

If your iPhone or iPad isn’t handy (or you don’t own one), not to worry. You can also give from iTunes on a Mac.

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Find the item you wish to give.
  3. Click on the down arrow beside the price.
  4. You’ll see various options, including Gift This Album. Click on that option. (It seems to say Album regardless of whether it is a single track).
  5. Enter the email address of the recipient, as well as your message.
  6. Choose the date to send it.
  7. Click on Next.
  8. Choose your Theme and click on Next.
  9. Confirm you want to Buy Gift.

How to give books from iBooks using a Mac

You can also give books from iBooks on a Mac, here’s how:

  1. Open iBooks on your Mac.
  2. Click on the iBookstore tab in the top left.
  3. Find the item you wish to give.
  4. Click on the down arrow beside the price.
  5. You’ll see various options, including Gift This Book. Click on that option.
  6. Enter the email address of the recipient, as well as your message.
  7. Choose the date to send it.
  8. Click on Next.
  9. Choose your Theme and click on Next.
  10. Confirm you want to Buy Gift.

Can I give an iTunes gift to someone in another country

Because it is impossible to buy something from the iTunes Store in another country you may be wondering if it is possible to send someone a gift from the UK store, or alternatively, if you could ask a friend in another country to send you a gift from their store.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to redeem a gift sent via iTunes (or iBooks, or the Mac App or iOS App Stores). This is because the gift is only be redeemable in the country of purchase.

You can’t redeem a gift bought from another country.

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Tired of malls and holiday traffic? Afraid that if you order something online it won’t get shipped in time for Christmas? Ready to just pick up some iTunes gift cards at your local supermarket? STOP!

Instead of buying a general gift card to iTunes, you can actually go onto the iTunes store yourself and “gift” individual songs and albums to your loved ones. Now doesn’t that sound more personal and thoughtful? Heck, you can even put together your ideal end-of-year playlist and gift all those songs to the diehard music fans in your life.

How to use send gifts through iTunes

It’s simple:

1. Go to the iTunes Store and find the music you’d like to purchase as a gift.

2. If you want to gift a single song, click on the arrow next to the price, scroll down, and then click “Gift This Song.”

3. If you want to gift an album, click on the arrow next to the price/buy button; then scroll down and click “Gift This Album.”

4. You’ll then be led to the ‘Send an iTunes Gift’ screen where you can provide the email address of the gift recipient.

5. Write a personal message, if you wish, in the Message box.

6. Select the date on which you’d like the gift to be “delivered” and choose a gift theme.

7. Confirm the information and send that gift!


Well, I hope that gives all you last-minute gift-buyers a less stressful option for purchasing music this holiday season. Oh, and what music ARE you buying for the music fans in your life? Let me know in the comments section below.

You’ve undoubtedly bought music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks off of iTunes before, but it was likely for yourself. If you’re wanting to buy something from the iTunes Store and gift it to someone else, here’s how to do it.

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The process for gifting digital content in iTunes is surprisingly complicated, mostly because it’s not intuitive how to get there.

The first thing you’ll want to do is open up the iTunes Store app.

From there, either browse and find the piece of digital content you’re looking for or hit the “Search” tab at the bottom of the screen.

At the top of the screen, type in the title of the movie, song, album, or whatever it is you’re looking for. In my case, I’m looking for a specific audiobook by Dale Earnhardt Jr. to give to my mom.

After selecting the digital content, tap the “Share” button up in the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap on “Gift” in the Share sheet.

Next, type the email address of your recipient in the “To” box. If they’re already in your contacts, you can select them that way, too. In the “From” box, type your name. Below that, you can type out a message if you’d like.

Scroll down and under the “Send Gift” setting, you can select when you want the gift to be sent to your recipient—great if you want them to receive it on Christmas morning, their birthday, or whatever. Hit “Next” up in the top-right corner when you’re done.

On the next screen, select a theme and hit “Next” to continue.

Confirm that all of the information is correct and then tap “Buy.”

Confirm again and then tap “Buy Now.” You might need to verify your Apple ID to complete the purchase.

Once the purchase is complete, you’ll move on to a confirmation screen. Hit “Done” in the top-right corner to finish. The recipient will receive an email letting them you gifted them something from iTunes, with instructions on how to redeem it.

The ability to buy gift cards on Google Play’s app and website has vanished recently, followed shortly by an update of Google Play Support to show that you can’t buy the gift cards digitally anymore, you have to buy a physical card, and that you can gift Google Play Books and Google Play Music All Access. We’re not sure what prompted the change, but for parents who top off their kids’ Google Play accounts through gift cards or those who found Google Play credit to be an easy last-minute gift, you’re going to want to head to a retailer that stocks them and grab a few.

So now, you now have to use three different methods to gift three different kinds of Google Play content:

  • To give Google Play credit, you have to go to a store that sells the physical gift cards.
  • To give a Google Play Book, you have to find the book on the Google Play site or app and tap Gift.
  • To give a Google Play Music All Access subscription, you have to open the Google Play Music app, open Settings and tap Send gift.

And here is what we now cannot gift through Google Play:

  • Movies and TV shows
  • Music albums and individual songs
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Apps and games

We can only hope that gifting books is the test balloon before being rolled out to the rest of the content in the Google Play Store, but that’s anyone’s guess, at this rate. What isn’t a guess is how much of a pain removing digital gift cards is going to be.

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Google has quietly introduced a new feature as part of its Play Music service which lets users offer up gifts. Said gifts come in the form of 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month subscriptions to Google Play Music All Access. Indeed, a few short steps separate you from pre-paying for all the music your friend could ever want. Here’s how to do it!

Step 1

Inside of the Google Play Music web client, scroll to the bottom left. Just above the Trash and Settings is a new “Send gift” option. Clicking it takes you to a landing page; you can also just click the link directly, too.

Step 2

Choose which gift subscription you’d like to pay for. The rates shake out to $9.99 per month, regardless of which level you purchase.

Step 3

Fill in the appropriate information. Where’s it going? Who do you want it to say the gift is from? You also have 200 characters to use for any sort of message, too. When you’re ready, hit “continue”.

Step 4

Verify the information and enter your payment details. Send it!

Note that the recipient has the opportunity to decline the gift. If that happens, you can send it to someone else.

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How to redeem a Google Play gift card in 4 different ways

  • You can redeem a Google Play card in a number of ways for use in the Play Store.
  • Google Play gift cards can be used to pay for apps, music, and more.
  • You can buy Google Play cards for yourself or others at dozens of different retailers, including Walmart and Amazon.
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People love to spend other people’s money, so much so that an entire industry exists to help you do it: gift cards.

There are gift cards available for nearly any major store under the sun, and that includes the Google Play Store. The Google Play Store sells music, apps, and more, to anyone with an Android phone.

A Google Play gift card can come in real handy, then. If you’ve received a Google Play card and want to use it, here’s how you can go about redeeming the credit.

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How to redeem a Google Play card

First, note that the card’s code can be found on the back of the card by scratching the grey strip with a coin.

Redeem a Google Play card on your phone

1. Open the Google Play Store app on your Android device.

2. Open the menu by tapping the three lines in the upper left-hand corner.

3. Scroll down and select “Redeem.”

You’ll find the “Redeem” tab in your side menu. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

4. Enter the code.

Enter the code on the back of the Google Play card. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

5. Tap “Redeem.”

6. Confirm that you want to redeem the money.

Make sure you’re redeeming the card on the right Google account. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

7. Enjoy your credit!

Redeem a Google Play card as you make a purchase

1. When you start the purchase, select the “G Pay” icon to select your Google payment method.

When paying for something in the Google Play Store, select “G Pay.” Peter Aitken/Business Insider

2. Select “Redeem code” from the list of options.

Tap the “Redeem code” tab. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

3. Enter the code on your gift card.

4. Tap “Redeem.”

5. Confirm the purchase.

6. Enjoy your credit and new purchase!

You can also redeem cards via email, or from the Google Play website. To do so, simply follow these steps:

Redeem a Google Play card from your desktop

1. Go to the Google Play store website.

2. On the left-hand side of the screen, select “Redeem.”

Click “Redeem” in the side menu. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

3. Enter the code.

You’ll be prompted to enter your card’s code. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

4. Confirm that you want to redeem the money.

5. Enjoy your credit!

Redeem a Google Play card via email

1. Open the email that contains your Google Play card.

2. Select the redeem button (this may say “eGift center,” or be a general redirect link).

3. As prompted, enter your email to validate that this is your card.

You’ll be asked to enter your card’s code on a new website. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

4. Select “Click to redeem.”

Select the small “Click to Redeem” option to be taken to the Google Play site. Peter Aitken/Business Insider

5. You’ll be redirected to the Play website.

6. Confirm your account.

7. Enjoy your credit!

Note that if you plan to buy someone a Google Play card online and send it via email, you must do so via online distributors such as Walmart, Amazon, Target, and the like. Different distributors require different minimum card purchases for online gift purchases.

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Music and books are a great gift to give at Christmas, but if the recipient wants the digital download version instead, what should you do?

The most obvious answer is a gift card for these services but if you feel giving gift cards at Christmas isn’t for you is there anything you can do? It is actually possible to gift a digital download, here’s everything you need to know.

Not all formats

However, there are a couple of provisos. Apple’s iTunes Store lets you gift an album, book or app – ideal for anyone that has an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac or uses iTunes. Google lets you gift Play music subscriptions (either 1 month, 3 months or 6 months) or books but not individual albums. Amazon only lets you gift Kindle ebooks. All three send the digital gifts as a link in an email.


How to send iTunes digital gifts

On an iPhone, iPad or iPod, open the iTunes music store and select the item you want to gift. Press the Share button at the top of the screen (it looks like a rectangle with an up arrow on it), then select Gift from the items displayed. You’ll be asked to enter the recipient’s email address and under the section marked Send Gift you can either pick today or any day in the next 30 days for the email to be sent. It will be charged to the credit or debit card on your iTunes account.

Individual songs can’t be gifted this way, for this you’ll need to use iTunes on a PC or Mac. This method also works if you don’t own an Apple device. Download and open iTunes (download for free here) then select Store from the top of the screen. Find tyhe item you want to gift and using the drop-down next to the price, select Gift this album. Then you’ll be asked to enter their email address, a message and the date you want it delivered. Again, it will be charged to the credit or debit card on your iTunes account.


How to send Google Play digital gifts

On an Android smartphone or tablet, open the Google Play Music app. From the Menu in the top left-hand corner, select Settings then Send Gift. Choose the subscription length required and follow the on-screen instructions. Meanwhile to give a book as a digital gift, search for the book and then tap it to see the detail. Choose Gift from the options available and then follow the instructions online. It will be charged to the credit or debit card on your Google account.

If you don’t have an Android device, on a computer visit the Google Play Subscription website and select which subscription length you’d like to gift. If prompted, sign in to your Google Account. You’ll be asked to enter the recipient’s email address, along with your name and a message. Now press Buy. Alternatively to gift a book, open the Google Play Store and search for the title then follow the same steps as above.

How to send Kindle ebooks

Go to Amazon and from the Shop by department drop down, select Kindle Books. Choose the title you want to gift, and then scroll down and select Buy for others. You’ll then be given the chance to enter the recipient’s email address or be sent a link to the book yourself which you can then pass on.

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How to Buy Songs from iTunes

You’ve found a great song on Apple iTunes and you want to buy it. Before you can buy songs on Apple iTunes, though, you have to set up an account with Apple (assuming that you haven’t already done so) or use an existing AOL account. Here’s how:

  1. In the Source List, click iTunes Store. In the sign-in window, click Create New Account and fill in the requested credit card and other info.

    The rest is easy.

  2. Find a song you want to buy and click Buy Song.

    To make sure you really mean it, Apple displays a warning.

  3. Click Buy to complete the transaction.

    In a matter of seconds (usually), the song is downloaded to the Purchased playlist.

Once a week, you can download at least one free single handpicked by Apple and usually more. The freebies are usually from artists you’ve never heard of, though the music is often quite good. The downloading experience is identical to buying any track, except you’re clicking Get Song instead of Buy Song.

Those 99-cent songs can add up. To find out just how much you’re spending, click Account under the Quick Links list, enter your password, and click Purchase History to check out your latest transactions.

If you’ve cherry-picked the songs you’ve bought from select albums, Apple will let you buy the rest of the titles on the album at a reduced cost. There’s a six-month limit to take advantage of this Complete My Album feature, from the time you first downloaded a song from an eligible album.

If you click Manage My Alerts on the Account Information page, Apple will send you e-mail letting you know when artists whose music you’ve bought in the past have added new music to the Music Store. To do so, select the Send Me an Email Alert for All Individuals in My Purchase History option.


iTunes gift cards make great stocking stuffers, but did you know that you can also give one of your iTunes playlists as a gift? Here’s how it works: Create a playlist full of the songs you’d like to give and then follow the instructions below to purchase the songs in the iTunes Store. The recipient will be emailed a special iTunes code to download all of the songs in the playlist. And if you really want that stocking stuffer, you can print a gift certificate for the playlist.

Here’s how to gift an iTunes Playlist:

  1. Open iTunes. (It’s in your Applications folder.)
  2. Create a new playlist and select it, or select an existing playlist. (For instructions on creating a new playlist, see How to Create an iTunes Playlist.)
  3. From the Store menu, select Share Playlist. The window shown below appears.
  4. Click Gift. The page shown below appears.
  5. To send the playlist as a gift via email, select Send gift via email.
  6. To print the playlist as a gift certificate, Print gift certificate myself.
  7. Enter the requested information in the form fields.
  8. Below the form, you should see the songs from your playlist. Verify that all of the songs are there. You will be charged for each of the songs listed.
  9. Note: Only songs available in the iTunes Store can be gifted. If your playlist contains songs that you ripped from CD or downloaded from another Internet music store, you might not be able to give them as a gift in iTunes.

  10. Click Continue. Follow the instructions to check out and send or print the gift certificate.

If you selected the email option, the recipient should receive the gift momentarily. And if you elected to print the gift certificate, fire up your printer. Now all that’s left to do is give yourself a pat on the back for buying a gift in record time!

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