Giving Apple Music as a Gift

Give someone credit for streaming songs from Apple Music

Apple Music Gift Cards
Example of an Apple Music gift card. Image Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

Giving Credit Towards an Apple Music Subscription

When you give iTunes credit to someone, chances are they will typically use it to buy things like music, audiobooks, apps, and other digital media on the iTunes Store. Traditionally this form of credit usage is very much a pay-per-click process. The credit you give them will stay in their account almost indefinitely until it has all been used for specific items.

But, what about the Apple Music service?

This is a very different beast. It operates on a subscription model similar to other streaming music services like Spotify. So, whether you listen to just one album in a month or hundreds, it has to be continually paid for in order to access its features. So, with this in mind you might assume that an iTunes gift card can't be used.

But, it can.

If you've purchased iTunes gift cards or sent iTunes gift certificates in the past then these can still be used for Apple Music too.You just need to make sure the person you're giving the credit to has enough for at least one month's subscription. Once the recipient has added this credit to their Apple account, it can be used every month to pay for Apple Music -- all the features will be available just as if a credit card was used.

And, as of 2015, Apple are still offering a three months free trial before you have to pay anything.

So, if you know someone who is thinking about trying out Apple Music for the very first time, then as of 2015,  $30 credit will effectively give them a total of 6 months.

Buying an Apple Music Gift Card And Personalizing it

Perhaps the best way to buy credit is to get a physical card that actually says Apple Music on it.

You can order these directly from Apple (which includes free shipping) from the special Apple Music gift card web page.

If you're short on time, it's also possible to pick these up from your local store. But, you may not be able to get one with the Apple Music artwork on it.

If this is your first time buying an iTunes card online, then follow the steps below to see how to order directly from Apple:

  1. On the iTunes gift card web page you should see a selection of Apple Music themed cards with different amounts of credit. Click on the amount you want to give.
  2. If you are sending the gift card to another address, then you can add a personalized message in the text box provided.
  3. To buy another gift card, click on the Add Another Card option near the bottom of the screen and repeat steps 2 and 3.
  4. Click the Add to Bag button.
  5. Review the items in your virtual bag and then click Check Out.
  6. Assuming you already have an Apple ID, type in your username, password, and click Sign In.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Enter the address you want the card delivered to and then click Continue.
  9. Enter your payment details and check out to buy.