How to Buy Music From the US iTunes Store in South Africa

If you have an iPhone or an iPad you need a US iTunes account!

It allows you to download all of the latest apps (compared to the limited apps on the South African store), as well as music, TV shows, movies etc. Thanks to Jason Bagley and Marc Forrest, here is a simple guide to setting up a US iTunes account and getting credit on your account via vouchers.

Step 1: Open iTunes and go to the US iTunes store.

Setting up an US iTunes account

Step 2: Try and download a free app from the US iTunes store.

Click on the App store link, find the free apps in the right sidebar and click on Free.

Setup US iTunes account in South Africa

Step 3: Create a new iTunes account

Setup US iTunes account from South Africa

Step 4: Accept the terms & conditions and fill in all the details.

The most important step here is to select “None” as the payment method when asked to provide billing details. When filling in your billing address, you will need a valid US address. The easiest way to find a valid address is to search for a McDonalds or any US business using Google maps and then use the address, zip code and state to enter as your address. Alternatively ask a relative or friend in the states if you can use their address.

Setup US iTunes account from South Africa

Step 5: Wait for confirmation email and click the link to finish the setup of your US iTunes account!

Step 6: Buy apps, music and movies by purchasing iTunes gift cards.

Use any of the following websites to buy US iTunes gift cards to load into your new account. Once purchased, the codes are emailed through immediately, so no waiting!

  • iEverything (South African based. Most popular)
  • Wildtwig (South African based, payment via Paypal allowed)

To redeeem a gift card code, click on Redeem from the Quick Links block on the right sidebar in the iTunes store.

redeem a US iTunes gift card from South Africa

Voila!! That’s it!

5 Comments on “How to Buy Music From the US iTunes Store in South Africa

  1. The easiest, quickest way to purchase iTunes gift cards outside of the US is from this website… http://itunes-giftcards.com/Home.html

    I have been a customer for a while now and it by far supplies the best online customer service!

    Not only gift cards, they also specialize in match/VISA cards.

    Great site. Check it out.

  2. This is not working. The error message “You cannot open an apple itunes account because you don’t meet the minimum age requirement.” but i am 51

    • Hi Jill. Not sure why that is happening. I tested the process using Wldtwig and it worked fine for me. Perhaps Apple are tightening their security? Also, this article is no longer as relevant due to the fact that most music can now be purchased of the South African iTunes store using a RSA credit card.

  3. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d certainly
    appreciate it.

    • I’m sure there are ways to protect and copyright your material, but I just find it’s not worth the fight for me. If people like my content and want to share it – than great! Hopefully it will help and inspire as many as possible… in the end, nothing is new anyway… love this quote…

      “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from — It’s where you take them to.” –Jm Jarmusch

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