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obeythelaw
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Apple store gift card to purchase iTunes gift card?

Someone gave me an Apple Store gift card which, presumably, can only be used to buy something from the Apple Store or the online Apple store. I don't need anything from the store but could use an iTunes gift card. Can I use the Apple store gift card to purchase an iTunes gift card?



ToxicDrew
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What products can I purchase using an Apple Gift Card?
You can purchase just about anything sold by Apple (except another Apple Gift Card, an iTunes Gift Certificate, purchases at the iTunes Music Store, or iPhoto or Aperture Photo Services products), including products from both Apple and third-party makers.
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Fronkman
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i am pretty sure this comes from federal regulations which prevent you from buying gift certificates with gift certificates. something about money laundering...
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obeythelaw
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That stinks. I wonder why the limitation of being able to use the Apple Gift Card to purchase from the iTunes store, however. I can use the apple store gift card to buy products not sold by Apple so why I can't purchase that song with the apple store gift card. Apple should just make a universal gift card good for anything apple related which iTunes is.



Fronkman
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said by obeythelaw:

That stinks. I wonder why the limitation of being able to use the Apple Gift Card to purchase from the iTunes store, however. I can use the apple store gift card to buy products not sold by Apple so why I can't purchase that song with the apple store gift card. Apple should just make a universal gift card good for anything apple related which iTunes is.

i agree, though it is probably due to some sort of accounting thing. different business units or something like that.
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activoice

join:2008-02-10
York, ON
reply to obeythelaw

I think they have 2 different gift cards to keep the accounting straight. Apple Gift cards are used for purchases in the apple store, all of that revenue goes to Apple.

Itunes gift cards are for use in the Itunes store, Apple doesn't get to keep all of that revenue, it has to be split between them and the artist, app developer, publisher etc.

So they need to keep track of the outstanding gift card balances in their liabilities. When those gift cards are redeemed they have to account for the revenue differently.


Daemon
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reply to obeythelaw

said by obeythelaw:

Someone gave me an Apple Store gift card which, presumably, can only be used to buy something from the Apple Store or the online Apple store. I don't need anything from the store but could use an iTunes gift card. Can I use the Apple store gift card to purchase an iTunes gift card?

Wait until after the holidays then post asking for a trade on Craigslist. Bet you get an easy hit.
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kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
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reply to ToxicDrew

iTunes Gift Certificates are different from iTunes Gift Cards. It would surprise me if you couldn't use it to purchase an iTunes Gift Card.



C_
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said by Fronkman:

i am pretty sure this comes from federal regulations which prevent you from buying gift certificates with gift certificates. something about money laundering...

Bullshit, you can buy kindle, itunes, nook gift cards at best buy with best buy gift cards