How to: Create iTunes store accounts & buy Gift Cards
To download iPhone/iPod touch applications you need an iTunes account. That account will be needed to access iTunes U and review podcasts. We talked about the steps before but now it is easier to create one.
Saudi Arabia and US iTunes Store accounts
I recommend creating two iTunes accounts: a Saudi iTunes account and a US iTunes account because there are Apps that are restricted to some countries. Konami games for example, are not available in the Saudi iTunes Store.
Creating an account
In iTunes 9 go to iTunes Store, scroll down to the end. Click the flag in the lower right corner or click on Change Country. Choose the country.
On the top of the iTunes Store page click App Store. Find any free iPhone/iPod touch app and click the FREE buy button.
Click the following link to go to Apple’s Remote app page. Remote is a free iPhone/iPod touch app from Apple that allows you to control iTunes. Click Free App to acquire it.
You will be asked to sign in the iTunes Store, click Create New Account. You should get a Welcome to the iTunes Store screen. Click Continue.
Read and accept the license agreement then continue.
Enter the required information in this page. Your email address will be your login username.
Now just choose none as a payment option. If you own a credit card in the country of the iTunes Store (Saudi Arabia for example) then you can use your credit card here.
If you have an account with a US mail forwarding service (for example Aramex or MyUS) then use it as your US iTunes address.
Now you have an iTunes account, if you want a second one for another country then just repeat the process.
Purchasing US iTunes Gift Cards
If you don’t own a US based credit card then you cannot make any purchases from the US iTunes Store. The solution would be to buy an iTunes Gift Card. You can purchase a Gift Card directly from Apple and ship it using a mail forwarding service. On the other hand you can buy it from a third party site such as this and they will send you the code by email immediatly.
To redeem a Gift Card code, visit this page.
Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been extremely busy for the last few weeks.
Arabic version of this post on SaudiMac.net.
Update on 27/12/2009: changed steps based on Apple’s KB article.