As announced at this year’s WWDC, after 18 years, Apple has finally decided to kill iTunes, its clunky, iconic music app. Apple intends to break up the service into smaller parts — meaning iTunes as we know it will cease to exist. But what does this mean for all the unused gift cards you received every Christmas for years?
Well, the iTunes store isn’t going anywhere (for now), so you can still redeem any iTunes card and add credit to your account within the store to buy movies, TV shows, books or games.
But you can also use the cards to pay for some subscription-based services like an iCloud storage account. Just redeem the card to the iTunes store account that’s connected to your Apple ID; it should deduct automatically.
Did you forget how to redeem an iTunes card? Go to the iTunes Store app on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click “Redeem.” If you aren’t already signed in, this should prompt you to sign in to your existing Apple ID. From here, you can redeem the card and buy whatever your heart desires.
Arguably the biggest announcement from Apple's WWDC conference was the "killing off" of iTunes. While this decision was long expected, there are many iTunes users who are more than a little anxious about their existing music, podcasts, movies and TV shows. Here's what you need to know.