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Topic # 98547 1-Mar-2012 14:00
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Hi There!

I went to buy the new Cranberries album today to find that on itunes.com it shows the deluxe version is $11.99 USD and the NZ version is $23.99 NZD 

I am not a happy camper! I understand exchange rates difference, but that amounts to a few $ not $12.

Is there a legit way to get it done in USD?

Can I have someone I know buy it in the US and "Gift" me the album?

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  Reply # 588852 1-Mar-2012 14:04
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Digirama have it for $17

http://www.digirama.co.nz/albumdetails.aspx?MediaID=3294227

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  Reply # 588853 1-Mar-2012 14:05
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You can set yourself up with an itunes account in the US store. You can fund it via codes from the likes of bestbuy.com. I have done this to take advantage of the lower prices when even taking into account the exchange rate. 

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 588854 1-Mar-2012 14:06
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stazz: Is it Legit and Legal ? Do you know what Bitrate you get on Itunes?



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  Reply # 588856 1-Mar-2012 14:06
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stuzz: yah it's more complicated that way since you can't have an Ipod tied to two accounts and I have a fair amount of music purchased on another account?

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  Reply # 588858 1-Mar-2012 14:11
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tbh I haven't purchased music through itunes.

As mentioned above it can generally be purchased cheaper & I don't use my iPad to stream my music so far. 

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  Reply # 588862 1-Mar-2012 14:11
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networkn: stuzz: yah it's more complicated that way since you can't have an Ipod tied to two accounts and I have a fair amount of music purchased on another account?


Are you certain?  I've authorised 2 accounts on my computer and both happily load purchases onto the same ipod/iphone.

I asked apple if I could merge the accounts but they said it was not possible. 

 

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  Reply # 588864 1-Mar-2012 14:13
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surfisup1000:
networkn: stuzz: yah it's more complicated that way since you can't have an Ipod tied to two accounts and I have a fair amount of music purchased on another account?


Are you certain?  I've authorised 2 accounts on my computer and both happily load purchases onto the same ipod/iphone.

I asked apple if I could merge the accounts but they said it was not possible. 

 


I wasn't sure about music. I know I can have 2 accounts for one iPad easily enough. Have purchased apps from both.  



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  Reply # 588865 1-Mar-2012 14:13
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Yah but what I mean is that it requires me to login as one or the other.

I can't really understand why they don't have pricing that works the same in every country.

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  Reply # 588967 1-Mar-2012 16:37
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networkn: Yah but what I mean is that it requires me to login as one or the other.

I can't really understand why they don't have pricing that works the same in every country.


Regional Distributor Agreements.  Universal/Sony et al pick the prices, Apple just passes them on.  Granted, Apple sets the brackets, but if the companies don't like what Apple wants to charge they won't license the content.

Also yes you can have multiple iTunes accounts authorised on an iPod/iPhone/iPad... just that only one can be set for automatic download and store access.  Other accounts will have the songs etc synced by iTunes even without being logged in.  It's a pain for apps though, as App Store on the device will constantly ask you to swap between them. 

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  Reply # 589008 1-Mar-2012 18:15
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You need a u.s credit card or a u.s gift card. In the gift card case you need to supply a u.s address. I purchased a gift card from ebay some time ago for something I could test any other way. They just emailed the code to me. My address for that was a mcdonalds in L.A. Luckily current law does not yet make me an internationally wanted criminal for buying from apple USA : )

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gzt: You need a u.s credit card or a u.s gift card. In the gift card case you need to supply a u.s address. I purchased a gift card from ebay some time ago for something I could test any other way. They just emailed the code to me. My address for that was a mcdonalds in L.A. Luckily current law does not yet make me an internationally wanted criminal for buying from apple USA : )


What was the markup on the eBay card?  I get mine from a fellow who has made a full time business of selling iTunes cards so us dirty foreigners can buy content, but the markup is about $6 on most cards which is pretty rough.

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  Reply # 589158 2-Mar-2012 06:16
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You're not the first to complain about the NZ iTunes store pricing, and no doubt won't be the last.

One thing to factor in with NZ pricing however is that barely a week goes by where a major retailer isn't selling iTunes cards on special. It's very common to find a 2 x $20 cards for $30, which obviously represents a significant disount.


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  Reply # 589177 2-Mar-2012 08:19
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gzt: You need a u.s credit card or a u.s gift card. In the gift card case you need to supply a u.s address. I purchased a gift card from ebay some time ago for something I could test any other way. They just emailed the code to me. My address for that was a mcdonalds in L.A. Luckily current law does not yet make me an internationally wanted criminal for buying from apple USA : )


What was the markup on the eBay card?  I get mine from a fellow who has made a full time business of selling iTunes cards so us dirty foreigners can buy content, but the markup is about $6 on most cards which is pretty rough.


Buy them from bestbuy, no mark-up and they just send you the code. Last lot I got were discounted as well so I even saved the exchange rate.




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  Reply # 589208 2-Mar-2012 09:23
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When buying from BestBuy did you need a US billing address or credit card? Or did your NZ credit card work ok?

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  Reply # 589295 2-Mar-2012 11:31
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SumnerBoy: When buying from BestBuy did you need a US billing address or credit card? Or did your NZ credit card work ok?


If you need a US Billing address, just use Best Buy's corporate address.  It's on the "Important note for international customers" page. 

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