iTunes Store US is the main online store of Apple’s digital distribution business with millions of music and videos available. While we have our own Philippine iTunes Store the sad reality is the Philippine store is limited to iOS and Mac OS Apps only. I’ve read it somewhere that this is due to copyright (ehem piracy) reasons. Don’t be sad because this is not a Philippine only restriction. Many of the south east asian countries have the same fate. I have a post here about the “Five reasons why you might need a US iTunes account”.
There are already a handful of options buying an iTunes Gift Card in the Philippines. But whats different here is that, with this method you’ll be able to get it the same price as the card. A US$50 card will cost you the same no extra “tubo” mark-up.
You have two options to do this:
- Bestbuy.com – Best Buy accepts Philippine issued credit card. Make an account first and make your billing address a US address, say a Starbucks in San Francisco.
- Walmart.com – An alternative method but you need a US issued credit card. They also sell it at a discount, last December they sell a $50 card for $40 only.
The above links are specific to to a $50 Gift Card. You can search for a $10, $15 and $25 denominations just make sure its an email delivery card. As I hinted these are all digital delivery, the codes will be emailed to you after few minutes so make sure your email is valid.