Apple Music is a music and video streaming service accessible to Apple device owners who pay the monthly subscription fee. The subscription permits free downloading of nearly any song or music video found on iTunes to the user’s Apple Music app, rather than paying the $0.69-$2.99 per song or music video, making it an undoubtable money saver for music lovers. But a question many Apple Music enthusiasts have is if you can pay the subscription fee with iTunes gift cards.
Because Apple Music is directly connected to the iTunes store, Apple device users can pay for the monthly subscription fee using the funds on an iTunes gift card. This is achieved by redeeming the iTunes card in the App Store where it will become a part of your Apple ID balance.
In this article, we’ll answers common question about using iTunes cards to pay for the money-saving subscription of Apple Music. Here, you’ll learn how to use the funds on iTunes cards to pay Apple Music subscription fees, how to pay for Apple Music without an iTunes card, and whether iTunes and Apple Music gift cards are the same.
How Do I Use an iTunes Gift Card for Apple Music?
If you’re a known music lover with an Apple device, odds are you’ve received at least one iTunes gift before, and while these cards are fantastic purchases, you can only use them to purchase the number of songs permitted by the funds provided (ex. $15 gift card will usually only allow you to purchase 11-15 songs).
However, if you used that gift card’s funds to pay for an Apple Music subscription, you can download an unlimited number of songs and music videos per paid month. This is undoubtedly the smarter financial choice, but how do you get the iTunes card funds to pay the monthly fees of an Apple Music subscription?
Paying for an Apple Music subscription with an iTunes card requires the user to redeem the card in the app store, sign up for an Apple Music subscription (if they haven’t before), and then choosing their Apple ID account balance, where the gift card funds reside, as the primary method of payment for Apple Music subscription fees.
The steps to using iTunes card funds to pay for an Apple Music subscription are as follows:
- Open the “App Store” on your Apple device
- Click the “Today” tab along the bottom left of the screen
- Click the person/profile icon in the top right corner to open your Apple account
- Click “Redeem Gift Card or Code”
- Scratch off the code cover on the iTunes card and then enter the code in your device manually or using the camera option
- Click “Redeem” after the code is properly entered
- Open the “Apple Music” app on your device (the note icon where you Apple library is found)
- Click the “For You” along the bottom of the screen
- Sign up for Apple Music (there is currently an offer for three months free when starting a new subscription)
- Select the subscription option you want
- Click “Start Free 3 Months”
- Select your Apple ID balance for your payment method (should match the iTunes gift card balance unless additional funds were already present)
If you already have an Apple Music subscription and you want to switch payment methods to an iTunes gift card, open the “Apple Music” app and click the “Listen Now” option along the bottom. You’ll then click the person/profile icon at the top right of the screen and choose the “Redeem Gift Card or Code” link.
Here, you’ll follow the same steps we mentioned above for redeeming your iTunes card and making it your primary payment method.
Remember, the funds on you Apple ID balance will run out when the funds from your iTunes gift card are depleted (unless you have additional funds present), so you’ll either need to refill it or choose an alternative payment option to continue your Apple Music subscription.
How Do You Pay for Apple Music?
While using iTunes gift cards is a fantastic way to pay for an Apple Music subscription, it isn’t the only option available.
Apple Music subscriptions can be paid with an:
- Apple gift card
- iTunes gift card
- Debit card
- Credit card
- Mobile phone billing or service provider bundling (through supported carriers)
The majority of these payment options are possible by entering the preferred payment method in for your Apple ID. One way to do this, apart from the step-by-step guide listed above strictly for Apple Music, is to click the “Settings” app on your Apple Device.
The first section you’ll see in your settings, beneath the search bar, is your “Apple ID, iCloud, Media, & Purchases” options. Click this and then click the “Payment & Shipping” option on the following page.
Here, you can add, edit, or change any payment method for the Apple ID you’re signed it (you will need to enter a password or confirm your thumbprint to open this page). The first listing you’ll see is the default payment method, so if you don’t have any gift card funds associated with your account, the payment method listed here will pay for your Apple Music subscription.
What Cards Does Apple Music Accept?
Because most people don’t know they can pay for Apple Music subscriptions with Apple or iTunes gift cards, most will use a debit or credit card instead.
Of the many debit and credit companies, Apple accepts:
- American Express
- Diner’s Club
If you do not have any of these, you could opt for the easy alternative of paying through a PayPal account connected to your bank.
Are iTunes and Apple Music Gift Cards the same?
If you’re ready to run to the store kiosks and purchase an iTunes card for yours or a friend’s Apple Music subscription, you might want to know which gift card you’re looking for, as there is more than one option.
Apple users can purchase iTunes or Apple gift cards (there are no gift cards labeled as Apple Music gift cards). While they are two different types of cards, they will both serve the same purpose if your intention is to use them to pay for an Apple Music subscription.
Of the two, an iTunes gift card is going to be the better choice if you’re strictly paying for iTunes songs or an Apple Music subscription. This is because a general Apple gift card can be used to pay for any Apple related product (ex. app store purchases, iTunes purchases, iPhones, EarPods, etc.).
Therefore, you might want to save your Apple gift card for purchasing physical apple products and use the iTunes gift card for digital purchases.
Music lovers everywhere can heave a sigh of relief after learning that those countless iTunes gift cards they received from birthdays, Christmas’, and other gift-giving occasions can be used to pay for months for an Apple Music subscription, allowing unlimited downloads of music and music videos.
If you’re unsure how to use these funds, follow the guide listed here and remember that while Apple gift cards can also pay for Apple Music, they’re usually better for other Apple purchases, but the choice is yours.