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Can iTunes Gift Cards Be Used on Android? Yes, Here's How

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An iPhone device

An iPhone device

iTunes is one of the most popular digital stores in the world. The service, which Apple provides to iPhone users and PC users who have iTunes software installed, allows them to purchase and listen to digital music.

In addition, it is possible to rent and buy movies, TV programs, and books. Everyone can build a digital catalog of different types of content and still purchase apps on iOS devices.

The Limits of the iTunes Ecosystem

iTunes is one of the most complete digital stores in the world, but it has an important limitation: It cannot be used on Android phones. This follows the general reality of Apple as a closed ecosystem that is optimized to work well for people using Apple product.

This means that, unlike the Google Play store allowing people to buy books and movies playable on iOS devices, the iTunes Store allows you to purchase digital content that will be available only on Apple devices or on PCs with iTunes software installed.

How Non-Apple Users Can Redeem iTunes Gift Cards

Having explained the iTunes limitations people face if they do not use Apple devices or PCs with the iTunes software installed, how can one deal with the situation in which an Android user gets an iTunes gift card, for example, as an award or as a gift?

For Android users, iTunes gift cards can be problematic, especially if one considers that there are no apps for Android allowing one to play movies or read books purchased on the Apple digital store. It is clearly easier for an Apple user to take benefit of a Google Play card instead of the opposite, in which the only solution for users not having Apple devices would be to stick with a PC to experience purchased digital content.

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Luckily, there is still an opportunity for Android users to redeem their iTunes gift cards, even if this would only mean being able to purchase music.

How Android Users Can Purchase Music on iTunes

Android users can easily purchase music on iTunes because they can listen to it even on their phones. This is possible not only because Apple has released a specific Music app for Android devices (the only official app from Apple allowing to enjoy iTunes content on iPhone, even if it works only with an Apple Music subscription, so not with purchased songs), but also because digital songs are exempt from DRM protection so that they can be easily downloaded as free audio files and then played locally or uploaded to cloud services like YouTube Music without being obliged to stick with Apple Music official app.

To proceed with purchasing music from iTunes and listening to it on an Android device, these steps must be taken:

  1. Install iTunes software on a PC or Mac and sign up or log in to an existing Apple ID;
  2. Redeem iTunes gift card within the software and browse for music to purchase;
  3. After having spent your balance and downloaded songs on your PC, it's time to take them and transfer them to your phone: in the alternative, also uploading them to a cloud service like YouTube Music may be a good idea.

If you listen to music by using subscription services like Spotify, you can consider pausing your existing subscription and using your iTunes gift card to pay for an Apple Music membership until you have spent all your balance. In this case, after having subscribed, you can download Apple Music app on Android phone and enjoy your membership.

Conclusion

Having an Android phone and receiving an iTunes gift card does not mean you will have to sell it online. You can purchase some songs or simply subscribe to Apple Music (maybe pausing existing subscriptions at another music streaming service). This is a good workaround to enjoy the gift even if you're not an Apple user.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Alessio Ganci

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