PayPal is key that opens Apple’s U.S. iTunes Store TV and movie content to rest of world

Apple Store“There’s a simple way that anyone, anywhere can buy [TV shows and movies] from the U.S. iTunes store,” Adam Turner reports for Hydrapinion.

Turner reports, “When you shop at an iTunes store it checks the nationality of your credit card before allowing you to download files. There’s plenty of movies and TV shows for sale on the US iTunes store but you can only buy them if you have a US credit card. While it’s possible for people outside the US to wrangle themselves a US credit, there’s a much easier solution – PayPal.”

Turner reports, “All you need to do is create PayPal account with US postal address, but you can still link it to your Australian credit card. Then you need to use the same US address when you register for the US iTunes store. Any address will do, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino is popular. Now as far as the iTunes store is concerned you’re a resident of the home of the free and the land of the brave.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bizarro Ballmer” for the heads up.]


  1. There are all manner of relatively easy ways to get around credit card restrictions. U.S. iTunes gift cards are pretty easy to find on eBay. Buy one, create a new U.S. iTunes account (you do have to enter a U.S. address – say, 123 Main St., Lower Uppertown, Iowa), apply your iTunes card number to it, and voila … U.S. iTunes from anywhere on the planet.

  2. You can have all the accounts you want to.
    I have a main account for .mac, ichat, email, iweb and 2 other for the countries with music of intrest of movies.
    Have bought from all 3, and have all content in the same iTunes library.

  3. Ok, that’s one problem out of the way. Now, how about opening up non-US iTunes stores for US residents. Even if the same PayPal trick could be used in reverse, it’s a pain in the ass. Most workarounds always are. That’s one reason I don’t use Doze anymore.

  4. Doesn’t work for me. I opened a US PayPal account, gave a valid US address. Then when I tried to link a Canadian credit card to the account, it would only allow me to use a US address as the billing address. United States was the only option when entering a new billing address. Drat.

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