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iTunes Store: 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).

Billing process

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 are using 1-Click* purchasing or your PayPal account, your order may be authorized and billed in increments during one purchasing session, so it may 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 an iTunes Card, iTunes Store Gift Certificate, or Allowance Account is used for a transaction, the amount is deducted at the time of your transaction.

Order of iTunes billing methods

When making purchases, 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, gift certificate, prepaid card, and allowance credits are used next.
  • If your gift certificate, prepaid card, and/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. Note: Free song credits cannot 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.

Additional Information

*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.

Activate 1-Click on Mac or PC:

When you access the iTunes Store on your Mac or PC, you may activate 1-Click purchasing via the dialog that appears when you click a Buy button. (You may reset this selection at any time by clicking Reset Warnings in your account information).

Activate 1-Click on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:

Activate 1-Click for each transaction by tapping the button showing the price of the product, which reveals the Buy button.

1-Click is a registered service mark of Amazon.com, Inc., used under license.

All iTunes Store purchases are final; once you click Buy, orders cannot be changed.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Aug 14, 2013
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