iTunes accounts for students

Learn about iTunes accounts for students.

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Your student may be asked to use a personal iTunes account as a part of an education program at school. If the student does not have an account already, he or she can create one for free with the steps outlined in iTunes: How to set up an iTunes Store account (Apple ID).

Having a single personal iTunes account that your student can use for both school and home allows the student easy access to all of his or her school content, notes, and documents, even after the student leaves school.

Your student's personal iTunes account can be used at school in many ways, including:

  • Redeeming codes for education content purchased on your student's behalf, such as textbooks
  • Taking notes in iBooks and syncing those notes between multiple iOS devices, such as a school-owned iPad and a personally-owned iPod touch
  • Signing in to courses on iTunes U
  • Re-downloading education content, as applicable
  • Adding the student's personal content to a school-owned iOS device, if permitted by school policies

In addition, your student can sign up for a free iCloud account using the same Apple ID he or she used for the iTunes account. With an iCloud account your student can:

  • Automatically store personal data with iCloud, and automatically keep it up to date between multiple devices, such as an iPad at school and an iPod touch or a Mac or PC at home
  • Use Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to locate a lost or stolen device
  • Automatically keep education documents up to date between multiple iOS devices, such as an iPad at school and an iPod touch at home

If this is the first time your student will experience the iTunes Store service—or is being asked to create an iTunes account—you may have some questions about how this is done and how the service can be used.  

What is an iTunes account

The iTunes Store is Apple's online store where you can browse, search, and download media and educational content, including books, movies, TV shows, music, and iTunes U content. An iTunes account allows individuals over the age of 13 to become a registered user of the iTunes Store service, so that he or she can download free or purchased content.

What are the requirements to use the iTunes service?

The iTunes service is available to individuals age 13 or older. Any individual age 13 or older who wants to create an iTunes account must agree to the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions.

What is required for my child or student to create an iTunes account?

Your student will need an email account to create an Apple ID, which is used to establish an iTunes account. Your student needs to provide name, age, and address.

How will my student's privacy be protected?

Your student's privacy is important to Apple. Apple uses personal information to help us improve, develop, and deliver our products, services, content, and advertising. From time to time, we may use personal information to send important notices, such as communications about purchases and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies. Apple will never sell your personal information, nor will we share it with third parties for marketing purposes without express consent. For more information about how we collect, use, disclose, transfer, and store information, see the iTunes Store Privacy Policy.

Can my student create an iTunes account without a credit card?

Yes. Your student can create an iTunes account without a credit card by following the these directions.

Will there be an acceptable use policy for the parent, guardian, or student to sign?

Each student must agree to the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions to create an iTunes account. Your student's school may also elect to create an "acceptable use policy" to use a school-provided iOS device. Contact your school administration for more information.

Will my student receive email solicitations and advertisements from Apple?

When the account is created your student will be presented with the option of subscribing to email communications from Apple. Students can create accounts without subscribing to these communications. At any time your student may unsubscribe from all Apple email communications.

What if my student's iTunes account password is lost or stolen?

The password to an iTunes account can be reset online via Apple ID Support.


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