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.
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.
Step 3: Create a new iTunes account
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.
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.