Apple to End iTunes Allowances on May 25

Apple has announced that it will be ending support for iTunes Allowances, a feature of the service that allowed parents to automatically place money into a child's iTunes account on a monthly basis. As of April 13, users can no longer create new iTunes Allowance deposits, with the feature officially getting cut-off for good on May 25, 2016.

After that date, any unused allowance credit will be rolled over into the recipient's basic iTunes account and can be used as normal, but the monthly deposits will cease afterwards. Apple has been informing iTunes Allowance users via email about its cancellation, but gave no specific reason as to why it'll be ending the long-running program.

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iTunes Allowances let parents gift kids with a monthly amount of store credit -- from $10 to $50 -- without needing to give them credit card information. The allowance credit could be used like a normal iTunes Store gift card, for purchasing content from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, Mac App Store, or even an Apple Music membership.

The company encourages users to use its Family Sharing features, including Ask to Buy for underage members of a shared account group, in lieu of the allowance feature. It also encourages those who have questions to contact Apple Support as May 25 gets nearer.

(Thanks, Sam!)



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37 months ago

You mean parents now have to be responsible for their kids spending? SHOCKING. What's next? Parents will have to buy food for their kids?

Wait... They weren't responsible before with allowances? I'm seeing a flaw in that logic.
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37 months ago
wow - so rather than resting assured their kids are spending no more than X per month, you now have to keep track manually, and get a notification each and every time they want an app??
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37 months ago
Seems like a useful feature. I wonder why they'd remove it?
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37 months ago

You mean parents now have to be responsible for their kids spending? SHOCKING. What's next? Parents will have to buy food for their kids?


What're you talking about? The point of this was an ALLOWANCE. You know, the thing parents set for their children to teach them about spending and value. They only get $10 per month to buy X number of apps, buy one $10 app and you get nothing else for a month vs buying a couple smaller ones or waiting for an app they are really looking forward to. NOW they can 'purchase' anything and it comes back to us to approve/deny. I want my kids to learn to make decisions for themselves and find value in deciding even a $1 purchase.
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37 months ago
Never even knew this existed. Would have been useful. My kids got iPods for Christmas.
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37 months ago

You mean parents now have to be responsible for their kids spending? SHOCKING. What's next? Parents will have to buy food for their kids?


Clearly you are not a parent.
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37 months ago

Clearly you are not a parent.


In his defense, I had the same mindset before I had kids. After three of them, my world's completely different (for the better :))
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37 months ago

The beginning of the end of iTunes and purchasing media! Everything is now being streamed!


How do you stream an iOS app?
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37 months ago

wow - so rather than resting assured their kids are spending no more than X per month, you now have to keep track manually, and get a notification each and every time they want an app??


Just buy your kids a discounted iTunes gift card and call it a day.
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37 months ago
The end of an era.

I've been using allowances for my two boys for many years. One of them would always use them up way before the month had ended for game in-app purchases and the like. The other rarely used them, saved up far in excess of $100, then went on a movie spending spree every once in a while :)

I have a feeling that dropping iTunes allowances will reduce revenue for Apple.
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