How can I buy tunes for my brother?
February 21, 2005 10:48 AM   Subscribe

It's my brother's birthday tomorrow (his 21st!), and I know that he is getting an iPod. I would like to buy him a gift voucher that he can redeem for some tunes, but am getting stuck...

I've been to the Apple Store UK website, and tried to buy a gift certificate there. I am on a PC running XP, and can't access the link to gift certificates, which is supposed to be this

I don't know much about this brave new world of intangible music storage, so I am at a loss - can anyone help me access the link, or failing that, is there anywhere else where I could buy him a tunes voucher? I probably need a £sterling one (both of us are in the UK), but given the pound/dollar exchange rate, I might just try getting him one from the US store.
posted by altolinguistic to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
 
This link is supposed to load inside of iTunes - if you don't have it installed, it will not work.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 10:58 AM on February 21, 2005


You can also buy prepaid cards at any Apple store.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 11:03 AM on February 21, 2005


Also, from the music store site:

Can I redeem a gift certificate if I live outside the UK?

Gift Certificates purchased on the iTunes Music Store are valid for use only in the country in which they were bought. Therefore, Gift Certificates purchased on the UK store may only be redeemed by residents of the UK.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 11:05 AM on February 21, 2005


Target also has iTunes GC at their register. Good Luck!
posted by eggerspretty at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2005


Consider as well a subscription to eMusic, but this will only work if his tastes are on the more esoteric side.
posted by mzurer at 11:34 AM on February 21, 2005


Yeah, I think you need to install iTunes and buy gift certificates within it.
posted by cillit bang at 12:31 PM on February 21, 2005


Would a Napster voucher work for an iPod? You can buy those in the post office (in the UK), I discovered today.
posted by punilux at 1:10 PM on February 21, 2005


I'm pretty sure that the only DRM'd music that will work with the iPod is from iTunes (so punilux's suggestion of Napster would not work).
posted by EatenByAGrue at 1:56 PM on February 21, 2005


Yes, comment completely rescinded. I just went to the Napster site, and well, is it any wonder that people use p2p? Good grief. Sorry for the bum steer.
posted by punilux at 2:03 PM on February 21, 2005


I live in Southern California (Newport Beach), and the 7/11 stores in my area have iTunes gift cards, as well.
posted by curtm at 2:32 PM on February 21, 2005


Honestly I would get him a gift certificate to a bricks-and-mortar music store. Buying actual CDs with booklets and jewel cases is more satisfying, especially as it's a gift. At least that's how it seems to me.
posted by josh at 9:04 PM on February 21, 2005


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