How-To: Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card

Apple has helpfully created a knowledge base article describing the process for creating an App Store account sans credit card.

The process involves making sure you're not already logged in with another account, then choosing App Store from the menu, downloading a free app, choosing "none" for the payment type, and responding to the confirmation menu.

While this might also work for people stuck in countries where antiquated licensing agreements prevent apps from being available (like Skype in Canada! Ahem!) Apple probably intends it for users in the US without a credit card, not for cross-border hopper-shoppers. Right?

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How-To: Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card

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If I do this, is it difficult to flip back to my "home" (Canadian) app store account? Will my phone get confused?

Unlike media/music/movies, I don't believe the iPhone cares how many accounts you sync Apps from. (Likely Apple doesn't have to care about paranoid, customer hating Big Media and so allows relatively fair use for apps).

The no card account option has always been available in various countries in order to facilitate free song promotions (Pepsi, Coke, etc). Consumers received a voucher or code for a free song. In order to use the voucher/code you needed an account. Since the contests/promotions were legally open to any consumer, they had to have a method of allowing non card holders to use participate. Simple as that.

skype does work in canada. u can download skype from it's website. it just lets you do person to person chat, not phone calls right?

You need to use Mozilla browser as default IE7 nor IE8 support the free feature go figure

I just open Itunes and went to edit under Creditcard.. then pick none and hit done..

BUNA TUTUROR
Am un account la iTunes la App Store cu card de credit VISA dar care dupa cateva aplicatii instalate pe iPhone nu mai este activ este blocat .Ma puteti ajuta Va multumesc anticipat pentru ajutor Calin Mihai Constanta

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Worked like a charm. I have been wanting an Apple store account for a long time just so I can easily update my album covers but did not want to give up my credit card info and didn't know you could do it without. Once again TKS

Well it is not working. I finished the whole process but confirmation email never came. It seems that they somehow check IP number and if it is not from US they do not send confirmation.

I just tried this. Based in the UK and got my ipad today. One step that I used that isn't shown is to make sure that after you log out of your international account set your itunes store to US (which is shown by the flag bottom left of the itunes store homescreen) just download the bookstore ok.

HI
i'm from Saudi Arabia and i made an account.i have a gift card and i redeemed the code and when i entered the code it displayed to me your itunesstore (saudi Arabia) doesn't match that of the gift certificate(US)
what shall i do?
pls help me?
thanx

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This was a great work-around, I had 5 different accounts in 5 countries, and would purchase local music and content with gift cards. Unfortunately, this work-around appears to have now been removed with iTunes 10. Anyone found another? Does itunes work with pre-paid visa cards?

We ask you for help, coming from the Croatian, my name is Anthony, I have a iphone but I can not register on iTunes without a credit card really does not understand it, please, if anybody of you can help me create a account you put any name and password and send me on my email wokaunn@gmail.com PLEASE Thank you very much

Ok. After much researching i found out how to do it:
-Open iTunes
-click on App Store tab in the upper middle section
-find a free app ...ANY free app, and try to download it.
-It will ask you to sign in, click the tab above it and create a new account
-once you fill out the necessary info like email and password and birthdate click Next
-then on the next page i believe it will give you the option for "non" on credit cards
- Click "none" and then fill out your name and address... if you don't feel comfortable putting in your real address and phone number just make it up.. thats what i did... then voila! they send you a confirmation email and you go to your email and open the mail that itunes sent you then click verify

yea but there is no "none" option. and my parents dont want to put in their card number becuz they dont trust it i just want to install free apps im not gnna buy anythingggg

i also suggest that maybe if you really would like to download an app that you just cant live without...and you just don't want to add a credit card to your account (or you don't own a creditcard) either go to an apple store close to you and purchase a $10 gift carder go online and buy a gift card from apple's site and apply that to your account.

okay on my iphone i followed the directions but when i choose which credit card THERE IS NO "NONE" CHOICE!!! i just want to download free apps and my parents dont trust putting the card number in :(

Hello to everybody,
I know how terrible is this problem with the none option!!!
I like to make the people happy, i am here to help You!!!!
So today You will forget all this problems!
Here is the trick, i got the Non option it for every single time.
How?
First don't open any account...
The thing is works for all Stores:
App Store, iTunes Store, maybe (iBook store didn't try it)
1.So first go in the App Store( ForMac's) or iTunes for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.
2.Look for Your free app.
3.Push the knob install, open for You create new Apple ID
4.Creat new Apple ID
5.The Store doesn't matter Us, Uk etc, its works!!!
6.Next, agree with conditions
7.Your email, password, Your special question and answer, fill everything and click next
8.Now You see the None option!!!
Congratulations!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSvForlbQu0

Thanks Josiah !!! http://www.itunescarddelivery.com was the best place for me to go as well!!! I live is Saudi Arabia and have not been able to access the US store. Now all I need was this tutorial and itunescarddelivery.com and then I have unlimited access!!! this is great, I am so excited.

I highly recommend anyone in another country that is not in the US and they want US itunes gift cards to try out http://www.itunescardddelivery.com

I have bought at several online sites before and this one was the only one that got me my cards super quick and at a reasonable price too.