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Setting up an iTunes Store Allowance account


Making purchases on the iTunes Store is simple—a little too simple, if you ask some parents. If you’d like to give a child or loved one an account of their own while keeping their spending in check, an iTunes Store Allowance account is the way to go. Here’s how to set one up.

First, make sure you’re logged into the store with your own account, then click on the “Buy iTunes Gifts” link on the front page of the store. From there, scroll down to the “Allowances” section and follow along with the instructions, making sure to take advantage of the option to create a new Apple Account for the recipient. Once all the necessary info is entered, the recipient will get an email explaining how to access their account and information on the allowance itself. Once it’s setup, you can manage the allowance from the main iTunes Store account management screen. For more information on iTunes Store Allowance accounts, see our Complete Guide to Using the iTunes Store.

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Unfortnately my experience is that the Apple Store allowance system is very unreliable. I set one up, and it was fine for a couple of months, but then on 1 September it was not paid. Customer support admitted they had “issues” with the allowance system and then that their “engineers were looking into it”. Then they simply stopped responding to enquiries. Parents beware!

Posted by Charles Starrett on September 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM (CDT)

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