Create A Free US iTunes Account

The iTunes software is performing a check when a user creates a new account to verify that the address of the user and his payment address are related. A credit card for instance would have to be from the United States as well if the user would select the United States as his country of residence. It is therefor not possible to create a US iTunes account the "normal" way unless US address and credit card are at hand. One way to get past this verification is to buy gift certificates and use them to create the account.

Some users probably prefer not to pay any money for the account because they just want access to the free contents and never make a payment in the store. The good news is that it is possible to use used coupons as well to create a free US iTunes account. Gift certificates could later still be used to add money to the account in case a purchase has to be made.

The benefits of having an US account are access to free songs which are updated regularly, to better promotions and music, movies or tv shows that are not available in other iTunes store yet.

The first thing you do is to download the iTunes software and install it. Once that is done start it and locate the Redeem link in the top right Quick Links menu.


This will load a page with a form that accepts coupons and gift certificates. All you need to is to paste a coupon code into the form and click on Redeem to send it to iTunes. Coupons can be found here or here.

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redeem code

The iTunes software will throw an error message if the gift certificate or coupon is no longer valid. That however is not a problem at all. Return to the homepage by clicking on the home icon in the upper left corner of the iTunes store.

redeem error

Once the homepage has loaded it is time to create the account. You can do that by clicking on the Sign In button on the upper right corner of the iTunes store. It offers you login possibilities and a button to create a new account. Click on that button.

itunes sign in

Click continue on the welcome page and accept the terms and conditions of the iTunes store in the second. This finally leads to the account creation page.

create itunes store account

Enter your details on that page and continue to the next and final step of the account creation.

provide address

If everything went well you should now see the page where you can select a payment method and enter the address of the account. The payment method has to offer None as one option for this to work. If that is the case choose none. Now you need to enter an US address in the last step to create the account.

The zip code, state and city have to match. Everything else does not. Just select the location of a friend or relative to be on the safe side but it is practically possible to enter any information you like.

The account will be created in the last step and the contents of the US iTunes store are now available.

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Responses to Create A Free US iTunes Account

  1. Toronto October 26, 2008 at 3:38 am #

    Thankx for this informative post.

    I was in the same dilemma, and was thinking of the exact same thing, but I bought in to it, and purchased a $15 iTunes Card.

    At least I have this to turn too after the $15 is up. I'm going to find a couple of good iPhones apps and Music Videos to use the card with.

  2. dan October 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    amazing thanks soo much its so annoying that apple dosent give u this option normally

  3. Ashley October 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    It does say "US" account, but I thought I would try in Australia, but unfortunately it doesn't work :-(

    • Sam October 14, 2009 at 12:02 am #

      Im from Australia too..FARROUT THERE IS NO "NONE" OPTION

      • ashley olson November 27, 2009 at 4:28 am #

        Im from US and der is no option NONE
        Help me pls

  4. Michelle October 27, 2008 at 12:24 am #

    Any way to do this for other countries???

  5. James NomadRip October 27, 2008 at 12:40 am #

    I just did it without a coupon code. I couldn't find one that worked, so I just made a new account, and had the "None" option just like your screenshot.

  6. Martin October 27, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    James, a non-working coupon is just fine. Without it you will not see the None option though as I recall.

  7. Victor October 27, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    Well, I tried in Brazil and it worked.

    But I must say, before I started it, I went all the way down in the store and changed the country from Brazil to United States.

    Had to use the address of a random restaurant...

  8. Ryan October 27, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    Is there anyway to do this for the U.K. iTunes store?

  9. Shai October 27, 2008 at 1:14 am #

    Works brilliantly... Although the Oppenheimer Hotel in upstate NY might wonder why they have an iTunes account now. Thanks for this! Finally I can download HD content in the UK.

  10. Daniel October 27, 2008 at 1:44 am #

    So.... Now that I've done that, how do I get US iTunes vouchers?

  11. JohnyB October 27, 2008 at 1:52 am #

    Looks like that feature no longer exists. I've been trying to over an hour different ways and can't get the 'none' option to appear. :(

  12. Deal Robot October 27, 2008 at 4:37 am #

    Hey, there's a much much easier way:

    - go to iTunes Store > App Store inside iTunes,
    - choose any free iPod/iPhone application and click Get App

    Voila - you will have the option to create the account without entering any credit card number (a *none option will appear near Payment Method)

    • mikey October 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      this is is silly because their is no circle near payment saying non so shut up fxxxxs.

  13. Blackmac October 27, 2008 at 4:45 am #

    in spanish, from the Mac Users Group Argentina

  14. Rani B October 27, 2008 at 9:33 am #

    No none option in the credits page anymore... Or is it block from an Israeli IP :-(

  15. Servaas October 27, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    I setup a US account (I live in the Netherlands) some time ago using a gift card I bought from ebay, because I want to purchase certain TV Shows that aren't available here (no TV Shows in this part of the planet), and it works fine. I used my brother in law's address as he is in the US.
    I did notice you can use paypal these days, which is great improvement I think!
    Well written, clear post!

  16. E.M October 27, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    Does not work from Israel.

    • freddy November 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

      you are so hot

  17. hanabira October 27, 2008 at 2:26 pm #


  18. Rani B October 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    To E.M:
    I am connected from Israel. I tried a few coupon codes until I got the "None" option in the payment page.

  19. G October 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    thanks for this guide. been trying to find a way to make an account without giving my credit info. THANKS. gHacks FTW!

  20. Hamza Saleem Ahmed October 27, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    this is not working for me. neither is the coupon validated nor can i see the NONE option

  21. Frank October 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm #

    Thanks for this tip!
    I wanted to use the genius feature and was bummed that I had to put forth a credit card number.
    After reading this article, I tried a few expired coupon codes and tried to make an account anyways.
    The none option was there! Thanks!

  22. G October 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    [..]Hamza Saleem Ahmed says:

    this is not working for me. neither is the coupon validated nor can i see the NONE option[..]

    Salaam brother,

    try to use the code from the picture above, it worked for me


  23. steven October 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    Redeem codes did not work for me, but the tip about downloading free iphone app was genius. Worked like a charm.

  24. prem October 28, 2008 at 8:52 am #

    I followed the steps outlined and it didn't work well (I am from India). But following the instructions from Deal Robot it was quite easy. !!!

  25. Felix Ker October 28, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    It worked wonders! I had to try a few codes though.

  26. Swaroop October 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    Even if the coupon has expired,

    If you followed the steps (to reach redeem from the quick links) you can still proceed to home page and create an account. Remember to have changed the country to US and you'll see the 'none' option.

  27. Anonymous October 29, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    I am getting an "unknown" iTunes error 11111, "please try again later" when I try this trick (from Canada, on a US VPN). I wonder Apple has closed the loophole?

  28. iTunes Japan October 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    For those lovers of Japanese music (Jpop or Jrock), you can get an account at the Japanese iTunes store as well as prepaid cards at http:://

  29. Anuj October 29, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    Hi.. It looks like it worked.. as now I am able to download free tv shows, iphone apps, ...

    But I am still now able to purchase

    Is it correct behaviour?

  30. ss October 30, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    I did everything but the NONE payment method didnt appear? :(

  31. Bonzo Drolet November 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    In US, just tried the Free App method and it worked (11/4)


  32. cindywho November 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Sadly, it doesn't seem to work now - at least for me. Oh well.

  33. Anonymous November 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm #

    email me if it doesnt work for you, i got a way to make free itunes account m.tholel (at) g m a i l . c o m

  34. Jonathan November 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    I live in CR and I configued the account on US and is up and running..

    Thanks for the help !

  35. Omer November 13, 2008 at 12:10 am #

    Oh i have solved a 'BIG' problem by your help...thankyou!!!!
    -Deal Robot-

  36. Frank November 14, 2008 at 3:47 am #

    One question once you already establish your free iTUnes acct. will you be billed by mail or NO?

  37. giorgio November 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    it worked, but the drm-protected movies don't work. It says "you need to authorize this computer" but even if it's authorized with the new american account the movies won't play. Any ideas? Please help.

  38. Nachiket November 23, 2008 at 5:52 am #

    it's not working after showing none option. Please enter valid Credit Card Details.

  39. mnm November 25, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    will i tried ur way and it worked ...i saw the none option..but even though when i filled the information and continue it returned and said : chose a method of payment!!!

    i really need this account for my i-phone

    plz ppl can any help :(

  40. mike November 26, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    followed all tha steps and 4 sum reason after i choose the "none" option and enter the,state,etc info and then hit continue
    it says you need to enter a valid payment type y is this happening

  41. Steyn November 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    The "none" option does not exist anymore?

  42. lol November 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm #


  43. Anshul November 29, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    It dosen't worked.

  44. jaime December 4, 2008 at 8:28 am #

    i tried it and the none option was there but underneath where there was the coupon number from before it said that the number was invalid, and i needed to put a new one in, so i guess it doesn't work anymore

    but then i tried the app thing and that worked! so thanks a lot for that :)

  45. Jakob December 6, 2008 at 5:13 am #

    How Can You Do This In Australia??


  46. Gaurav December 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Unfortunately that loophole has been plugged by Apple too!
    Now even with the FREE APP it asks for a mode of payment (even if you have clicked NONE), it shows an error message (at least in India).
    Any new ideas?

  47. Mahesh December 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    Can Anyone provide me a US address. I know none.

  48. selenea December 22, 2008 at 3:10 am #

    tytytytyty this worked so much better tytytytyty peaceee

  49. oz December 24, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    it's not working any more, if anyone can help me would be great, thnx in advance

  50. shafqat December 27, 2008 at 6:26 am #


  51. bad luck January 7, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    i have found a solution if you live in a 10 story building just jump down otherwise press press f5 for refresh
    thnak you any proplem contact luck in apple

  52. rw January 8, 2009 at 5:11 am #

    can anyone tell me how to find my other 3 itune accounts? i have a primary acct but bought 3 others last year and they have some money in the accounts i have the password but not the USER pls help

  53. EDWARDCULLENSBABYMUTHAA January 10, 2009 at 11:02 am #


  54. BAD SON BAD LUCK January 13, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Every thing is fake dont belive it.. apple is monitoring it...Every thing has been solved nothing will work on itunes 8.*.*. it any body tries to hack it they will trace ur IP and Lead toserious probs.
    proplem contact luck in apple

  55. TheOldBroad January 24, 2009 at 12:05 am #

    The "none" payment option has been removed from the iTunes account setup.

    I contacted Apple Support (I paid a bunch extra for the Protection Plan so I might as well use them!), but they insisted that a credit card or other payment method is necessary to set up an iTunes account - so you can download FREE stuff.

    If anyone knows of a way to set up an iTunes account WITHOUT a credit card, Pay Pal or gift certificate, please post instructions.

  56. Blaze February 8, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    I tried it with and it didnt work. It shows me the option "none" but under it, it also show me that the code i entered is not valid.I tired pressing continue but it still doesnt workk...Help anyone?

  57. Reise February 9, 2009 at 7:57 am #


    Ok guys i found how to make a free the itunes menu search iphone apps download 1 and itll ask you 2 sign in...then click create an account then the none option will be there.....

    :) And the crowd goes wild...

    • Anonymous July 25, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      Well I don’t understand why iTunes need account for free apps and I tried 2 create account but there was not none option given, plz tell me wat sud I do to create my account ?

  58. Kru February 11, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks Reise!

  59. Thanks Reise February 13, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    You're the best Reise. It works

  60. gsgf February 15, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    Can't see none option plz help

  61. zoey February 15, 2009 at 2:46 am #

    i cant see the none either do u think u can help me??
    im in egypt

  62. TinaMarie February 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    To add to Reise's point... If you click to download a free app or the free song of the week, that's where the none option will appear.

  63. zoey February 19, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    can anyone get me a game called penguin panic for the ipod please
    thanks :)

  64. Anonymous February 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    don´t work...

  65. ? February 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    it does not work anymore does it?

  66. Ramin February 25, 2009 at 4:23 am #

    mine only 2 options come plus the "none"
    button. then when i press confirm it says that it has already been redeamed... Like WTF -_-

  67. koolkid February 27, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    the none thing dosent show can anyone help me?

  68. captain falcon February 28, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    thanks Reise.... :)

  69. Ali March 3, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    I did ;) thanks indeed;)

  70. lucy March 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    i did try it but the none option did not come up for me :(

  71. mo March 7, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    i tried but it didnt work there is no none

  72. lucy March 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    mo it dont does it you are right

  73. Varun March 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    This is the new way of getting a free iTunes US Account ! I tried and it works

  74. Dinka March 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    I don't see the 'none' option. So what now? :/

  75. Anonymous March 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    hey... ineed your help!! mine doesnt have the none option.. how is that?? what should i do

  76. lisa lisa March 29, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    it does not work me the none part is there but when i go to verify my account i click on the link and it goes back to the itunes download page
    could anyone help

  77. Stuart April 8, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    I wasn't aware that you needed a gift certificate to open an iTunes account?

  78. matt April 21, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    an i borrow any of your accounts please?

  79. Michelle Moore April 23, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    I need my login and password. I need to change my I tunes account to a different computer.

  80. Umar May 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    I followed the same procedure bt free account cannot be created coz Option does not come.i.e free.Only credit card options are there.Thats why i cannt create it.Also i have tried it for many times.Plz help

  81. Brianna May 25, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    If you do not see the none button on when you make an account you first have to click one of the free apps on itunes and click download then a log in pops up and create an account then you have a none button.

  82. PiercedJewel May 26, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    I tried it with an old redemption code and it wouldnt work so I bought a $10 one off ebay and it worked beautifully so instructions saying use old code no longer works but if you use a current one every other step works well

  83. Michel Bruyez May 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    impossible de faire " password oublié"
    réponse ouverture URL impossible
    Merci de votre aide

  84. mary b May 31, 2009 at 4:14 am #

    account with no credit card, no gift card: open the itunes player, choose a free app, click get app, click create account, when you get to the payment page there will be the "none" option for payment. works everytime for any country. detailed instructions at

  85. Nico June 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Need songs

  86. Abbey Maurice June 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Would my iTunes account be process without a payment via credit card?

  87. Sindi June 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm #


  88. Nastia July 7, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Got the verification e-mail, but it can't connect to my ITunes.. does it have something to do with sofware version? (I haven't had any updates quite a while)

  89. adel July 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Raise BiG Kisssss man
    worked so fast


  90. Maddie August 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm #


  91. Jarrell August 19, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    I need an I tunes account please. it will be greatly appreciated.

  92. Jason September 1, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    WOAHHHH weirdest thing just happened

    it worked for me!

    what i did was i got up to the *done* part but from there it said the code wasnt valid
    so in a desperate attempt to get a free acc i kept trying diff codes till it didnt even let me type a code in and told me to use "a different payment"

    so for one last attempt i just pressed continue and it worked!!!! well for me at least

    hope it works for u!

  93. flory September 10, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    i wat to gate my account

  94. flory September 10, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    i lose my pin number

  95. Anthony September 12, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    my dosent work someone help me

  96. jussaru September 14, 2009 at 8:55 am #


  97. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 2:43 am #

    THANK YOU REESE...MAY god be with u AMEN!!!

    • MB September 16, 2009 at 1:46 am #

      I'm in Oz & was unable to bring up a page with the 'None' payment option, but I used the method suggested by another poster above (Deal Robot), which was to simply choose the US store option & click on 'Get App' for one of the free apps. The 'None' option then became available & from there, it worked like a charm! :)

  98. Ciara September 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm #

    Hey it works just set it up there go to the free app and create account and it will give you the option of none to click xx

  99. Anthoo (from) Netherlands September 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    this is me id please help mee [email protected],

  100. Anthoo (from) Netherlands September 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    i tried but it didnt work there is no none i cant see the none either do u think u can help me??
    [email protected]

  101. Get Free iTunes October 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    I don’t understand why I only get this function when I make a new account. Thanks to apple, my itunes store account is on my hotmail, while all the rest of my apple stuff is on another e-mail adress. Great. Thanks.

  102. iphone October 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm #


  103. Anonymous October 5, 2009 at 3:09 am #


  104. Masoud October 7, 2009 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks for the information but in the last step, it does NOT show "None" option for the type of payment in itunes

    How to solve that? If anyone knows, please email it to my add at [email protected]

    Thanks and regards,


  105. maurice October 10, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    thank u guys so much for helping me created an itunes account

  106. javad October 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    i need a password for sites free for apples

  107. abbas October 20, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    this is very goood iphone

  108. abbas October 20, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    iphone is a good fone plz help for install msn iphone

  109. Naeem October 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm #


  110. nik October 30, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    mine doesnt have the none option...wat do i do...pls help??

  111. esteban November 7, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    i like one

  112. Gibbbo November 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    I just got a gift card from and redeemed that, and everything works great. I download quite a bit of TV series, so the $55 is used pretty quickly!

  113. edgar marquez November 27, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    itz aight

  114. Gibbbo December 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    If you still are having problems setting this up, just use the step by step instruction here Good luck!

  115. danny boy December 11, 2009 at 1:59 am #

    wow... the method of Deal Robot worked like a charm!!!! thanks

  116. Bob Goldstien March 3, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    100% WORKING +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    to make an account without a credit card, just try to download a free app and when it says log in, create a new account. this allows you to have the "None" Option.

    to make a specifically US itunes account, install Hotspot Shield before you open itunes.
    launch hotspot shield
    switch to the US Store
    goto apps
    find a free app and click FREE
    create a new account using a random US address/zip/phone found online []

  117. Gurpritsingh Saini March 10, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    I need to create account in itune store of country usa even I am living in India

  118. Charmes March 18, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Hello i dont now whats happend white itunes store but it is very difficel to make a account on appel i try it so many times but non
    how come it is inposeble to make a account.o if you can help me pleas do
    i hope hair soon of you thank you.

  119. jack March 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    i don't see any none in that space guys

  120. Anonymous March 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    wht to do if u dont see the none option

  121. mahesh April 30, 2010 at 11:15 am #

  122. name May 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Great site. Keep doing.,

  123. Gibbo September 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I have now been using this site for a year, and whenever I have had any kind of problem with setup or otherwise, they have been super helpful I just ordered an AppleTV from them, to be sent to me in Sweden, so I will be able to stream all the new TV series and films when they are released in the US
    Great service, give it a try if you don't find what you need in your local iTunes store.

  124. faisal October 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    I phone 4 not working

  125. jordan sake December 16, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    can you pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! send me a not used yet itunes code send a message asap

  126. Mario January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    HUD iTunes sofwer

  127. kyawkyawtun February 15, 2011 at 4:43 am #


  128. Mohonto March 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    I am From Bangladesh..........iam Also Can't Connect in Itunes:( so plz Get me iDea What can i do?????

  129. voyvoda March 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    not working anymore.. they will still ask a valid Redeem code after you choose NONE..

  130. mohit May 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm #


  131. Razzesh sah May 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Well I don't understand why iTunes need account for free apps and I tried 2 create account but there was not none option given, plz tell me wat sud I do to create my account ?

  132. mohideen June 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    the iphons is good

  133. Liam July 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Hay people this way is awesome and easy to use but I have not used it my friend has and he says it is easy I just got an Ipodtouch!!!

  134. Reginald Whitehair September 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I wish more people would write sites like this that are actually interesting to read. With all the fluff floating around on the internet, it is a great change of pace to read a site like yours instead.

  135. munia December 17, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    i want to sign in itunes but i donot know how

  136. drdoug1 January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    How can I adjust the screen resolution on my iphone?

  137. Dan February 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    What's the purpose of entering the iTunes voucher code?

  138. Shahnawazjan April 1, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    No any none option in my country so I select UK country for creating an iTunes account but there is a problem because my IPhone can do not select none option please somebody help me. thank you

  139. huma June 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    need i tune id

  140. MarkyMark August 13, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    Works from Australia... used to get the actual US iTunes code. they have a straight forward FAQ section for setting up the account, pretty much like this one.

  141. ravinder August 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm #


  142. Ben December 27, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    it's IMPOSSIBLE to put music on an ipod nano.

  143. santosh shivam September 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    give me a web site that i can downlod a usa itunes

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