How to Sign Up for iTunes for Free

by Erin McManaway

The iTunes media player allows you to download music to your computer or applications for your iPod, iPad or iPhone. If you want to download content from the iTunes store, you need to install the iTunes software and sign up for an Apple ID account. The Apple ID account is free, but you are asked to provide a valid payment method, such as a credit card, upon registration. Once you have an Apple ID, you can log into the iTunes store to shop and download content for your computer and mobile devices.

Launch the iTunes software on your computer.

Click the "Store" menu from the top toolbar, and then click "Create Account."

Click "Continue." Place a mark in the box next to the license agreement, and click "Continue" again.

Type the account information requested for use with your iTunes account into the application form. You need to enter a valid email address and password. You also are asked to set a security question for your account. Click "Continue" when you finish.

Type information for a valid payment method, such as a credit card or PayPal account, and a valid billing address. You are not charged for opening the account. The billing information is used only when you make a purchase from iTunes. Click "Continue" when you finish.

Check your email for a verification email from iTunes, and click the "Verify Now" link. This opens a verification page.

Type your email address and password in the online form, and then click "Verify Address." This creates your Apple ID for the iTunes store. You can now log into your account using your email address as your username with the password you specified during account creation.

About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.

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