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How To Set Up A USA Based iTunes Account (updated)

If you live outside the US then you’re probably aware that not all iPhone apps (or music or books …) are available in the South African iTunes store.

This can be pretty annoying when you read reviews about great apps only to find out you can’t access them. Don’t worry though, because there is a simple trick within iTunes that lets you register for a US iTunes account without using a credit card. You can also use this method to make purchases by sending yourself iTunes gift vouchers! Here’s how it’s done:

For this to work you'll need the following two items in place before you continue:

A free GMail account - separate to the one for your existing iTunes account (or similar).

A USA address/zip code/phone number - when you register your account with iTunes, it's uses these details to verify you are in the States. Use Yellowpages.com to get these.

Now the fun bit.

1. First, make sure you’re signed out of your iTunes account. Click the flag that appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen in iTunes and select the US Store from the list that appears.

2. Browse to a free app you want to download from the US Store and click on the Free button. You’ll now be asked to sign in or register. Click on the Create New Account button.

3. After clicking Continue and accepting the terms and conditions, you’ll be invited to create a new Apple ID. Enter an email address (separate to the one for your existing iTunes account - set up a free gmail account), password, verification question and date of birth.

4. Click Continue again. Now you’re prompted to provide a payment method. However, the option we’re interested in here is the None radio button. Make sure this is checked then go on to enter a US address which you got from the Fake Name Generator website.

5. Now check your email and click on the iTunes verification link. iTunes will open and you can sign in with your new account details. Hey presto, you’re in the US Store and can start downloading free apps from here! To access your new US account on your iPhone, simply go into Settings, then Store and sign out of your existing account. Then sign back in using your new credentials (don’t worry, the existing apps you’ve installed won’t be affected by doing this). Now you can enjoy all the benefits of having a US iTunes account - including Genius!

You can use the following site to buy US iTunes vouchers with the help of a Paypal account (all very quick, easy and safe).

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