iTunes giving away free media

Dec 27, 2008
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Instead of giving away free software on Christmas Day, Apple are giving away free media on iTunes in the UK and possibly other European countries.

Apple's 12 Days of Christmas' Giveaway provides one free download every day between 26 Dec and 6 Jan. Yesterday, Apple were offering a music video of 'That's Not My Name' by 'The Tings Tings' (number 1 back in May) and today, a free episode of 'Derren Brown's Mind Control'.

Apple iTunes users in the UK need only click this link to access the giveaway!

Rumors exist that Apple are planning this giveaway in France, but I am unable to confirm whether it is there. Unfortunately for Americans, Apple has confirmed it won't be happening outside of Europe!

Another unfortunate thing about this giveaway is that iTunes is needed to download them; making it impossible for Linux users to access. The giveaway is worth checking out as you may find a TV show, movie or song you like for free!

Update: The giveaway has ended and the website it was hosted on is no longer available. We have removed the link pointing to it from this article as there is no reason to keep it up, considering that it leads to a 404 not found web page. Apple has been kicking of 12 days of Christmas in recent years as well, last time in 2011. It is likely that the company will continue holding the giveaway in Europe and Canada in this year considering that it has been quite successful in past years. It is not clear why the giveaway is limited to select countries while core markets such as the US are exempt from it.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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