How iTunes Store purchases are billed

Learn how your iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases are billed to your iTunes Store account (Apple ID).

When you make a purchase in the iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, or iBooks Store your account will be billed at the time of or shortly after your transaction. If you use a credit card or PayPal account for a transaction, Apple may obtain preapproval for an amount up to the amount of the order. If you're using 1-Click purchasing or your PayPal account, your order might be authorized and billed in increments during one purchasing session, so it might appear as multiple orders on your statement.

All fees will be billed to the credit card or PayPal account you designate during the registration process. If you want to designate a different credit card or if there is a change in your credit card or PayPal account status, you must change your information online in the Account Information section of iTunes. This may temporarily disrupt your access to the Services while Apple verifies your new payment information.

If you use an iTunes Card, iTunes Store Gift Certificate, or Allowance Account for a transaction, the amount is deducted at the time of your transaction.

Which payment methods will be used first?

When you make a purchase, content credits are used first, followed by Gift Certificate, iTunes Card, or Allowance Account credits. Your credit card or PayPal account is then charged for any remaining balance.

When you buy individual songs from the iTunes Store:

  • Free song credits are redeemed first.
  • If you have no free song credits, then your gift certificate, prepaid card, and allowance credits are used next.
  • If your gift certificate, prepaid card, or allowance credit is less than the total cost of the purchase, your credit card is billed for the remaining balance.
  • If you have no free song credits or gift certificates, prepaid cards, or allowance credits, your credit card is billed for the songs you buy.

When you buy an album on the iTunes Store:

  • Gift certificate, prepaid card, and allowance credits are used first.
  • If your gift certificate, prepaid card, or allowance credit is less than the total cost of the purchase, your credit card is billed for the remaining balance. Free song credits can't be used for album purchases.
  • If you have no gift certificates, prepaid cards, or allowance credits, your credit card is billed for the albums you buy.

How are Family Sharing purchases billed?

When you initiate a new purchase, it will be billed directly to the family organizer's account, unless you have gift or store credit. First, your store credit will be used to pay the partial or total bill. The remainder will bill to the family organizer. iTunes Store credit on your account isn't shared with other family members. So if the family organizer has a $50 credit on their account and another family member initiates a purchase, it won't deduct from the organizer's iTunes Store credit, but will bill the organizer's credit or debit card.

The family organizer will get the receipts for any of their family member's purchases.

What's 1-Click?

1-Click is a feature that allows you to purchase from the iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, or iBooks Store with a single click or tap. When 1-Click is activated, clicking or tapping the Buy button starts the download immediately and completes your transaction without any further steps.

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