iTunes is a treasure trove of music, movies, podcasts, educational content and much more. But you need to have a credit card to open an iTunes account and download the apps, right? Wrong.
There is loads of stuff on iTunes which you can avail of without entering your credit card info or any other method of payment. In other words, IT’S FREE. Just follow the below mentioned steps to get an iTunes account without linking it to your credit card.
Creating a Free iTunes Account (No credit card required)
The first step is to install iTunes if you haven’t already done so. Download iTunes at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ and install it on your computer with the default settings.
Once installed, open iTunes and click on the iTunes Store link from the left panel. To create an account without credit card, you need to be in the App Store. Enter the App Store via the App Store link on the top navigation bar of the iTunes Store.
Now choose the free app that you want to install. There is a Top Free Apps box at the bottom right of the page. Hover over the list of free apps and select any app by clicking on it. Click on the Free App button below the app icon.
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A pop-up window appears which prompts you to create a new account or sign-in with your existing account. Click Create New Account and press Continue.
Click the check box to accept the Store Terms and Conditions in the subsequent window.
The next window asks you to enter your email address, password, security question for the account and date of birth. Uncheck the boxes to receive news and promotional emails from iTunes if you don’t want them. The payment page appears next.
You will be able to see a scroll of payment options with ‘None’ being the last one. Click the radio button to select the ‘None’ option. Continue to enter your billing address below even though you are creating a free account.
A verification screen appears next which asks you to verify your account. Click ‘Done’ on the verification screen and an email will be sent to you to verify your account. Open the email and click the enclosed link.
iTunes will be launched and you would be asked for your account name and password. Sign in with your account specifications. A Congratulations screen will appear stating that your iTunes Store account has been successfully created.
Similar steps can be followed to create a new account without payment options on your iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch.
Now, all you have to do is to watch out the Apps page for popular free downloads from iTunes & iTunes U and enjoy.
If at any point of time you want to purchase a for-pay media, just click to download it. A confirmation screen will appear which says that your credit card will be charged for the purchase. Click ‘Buy’.
You will be prompted to enter your billing info to continue. Enter your Apple ID and password and click on the Billing Info tab.
The payment page will appear. Input the necessary billing info to complete your purchase.