To be able to access the iTunes store, you need to have a registered Apple iTunes account or Apple ID in order to purchase and download any song, music video, movies, TV shows, podcast, and audiobooks that you wish to download. The same thing applies with the App Store, if you need to download Apps on to your iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.
There are two ways in creating an Apple iTunes account. First is through your computer by going on to the iTunes, and another is on your portable apple device such as the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.
Creating an iTunes account on a Computer
First of all, you need to download the latest version of iTunes which is currently version 10.5.3. Although iTunes was intended for Apple, it can be downloaded to other computers as long as it meets the requirements of downloading iTunes. If you do not have iTunes on your computer, you can go to iTunes.com and follow the easy steps on downloading the media player. Right after downloading iTunes run it on your computer to begin the installation process, which takes about a minute or so.
When you have successfully installed iTunes on your computer, go to iTunes Store and click on the ‘Sign In’ button which is on to top right of iTunes, it is also below the Search Store navigation box. After clicking on to the ‘Sign In’ button, click on to ‘Create New Account’.
After you click on to ‘Create New Account’ you will be greeted with a welcome, click ‘Continue’. You will be directed to the iTunes Store Terms & Conditions. Check on the box, and then click ‘Continue’.
You will be asked to enter your email address and date of birth. Also, you need to create a new password and security question for your account. It is important that you create a password and security question that no one else knows. If it helps, combine characters, numbers, and symbols when creating your password. In addition, be certain that your security question is that of which no one else knows.
Also, you will be asked if you would want to receive notifications via your email. You have the option to receive notifications or not. If you choose not to receive them, just leave the box unchecked.
After creating your Apple iTunes Account click ‘Continue’, you will be required to choose a payment method. If you do not have any credit cards or if you opt not to have your purchases charged to your credit card, you can choose the last option which is ‘None’.
Another way of purchasing and downloading on the iTunes Store and the App Store is through redeeming a code from iTunes Gift Cards and Certificates. iTunes Gift Cards and Certificates can be purchased online or in Apple Retail Stores.
Subsequently, you will be asked to enter your billing address. All you need to do is to supply the boxes with the information asked from you, and click on ‘Done’.
You will be asked to verify your account through your email address. For that reason, log on to your email account and follow the link that was sent on your email.
After you have clicked on to the link, iTunes will automatically launch and all you have to do is to type in your Apple iTunes account identification or your Apple ID, and key in your password.
You will be notified that you have successfully created your Apple iTunes account which you can also use on the App Store as well as MobileMe.
Creating an iTunes account on a Portable Apple Device
As mentioned, there are two ways of creating an account on iTunes. Aside from your computer, you can create your account by using your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.
All you need to do is to go to ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘Store’
Once you have entered the Store, you need to create a new account.
After which, you need to select your country location. Subsequently, iTunes Store Terms and Conditions will appear, and just like creating an account on your computer, you need to accept this by tapping on the ‘Agree’ button.
Setting your account will be next after you have accepted the terms and conditions of iTunes. Do not forget to enter a security question that only you know.
The succeeding pages are the same with creating an iTunes account on your computer. You will be asked to verify your email address.
The process of creating your Apple iTunes account does not take long. After which, you can now enjoy free music downloads for iTunes as well as other multimedia files available only on iTunes for your Apple products.