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You Can Now Use PayPal to Buy Stuff on iTunes

Dave Parrack 12-07-2017

Apple is finally playing nicely with PayPal by allowing its users to set PayPal as their payment method. This means that Apple fans in 12 countries will now be able to use PayPal An Introductory Guide to PayPal Accounts & Services PayPal offers a lot of services that you might not be aware of -- here's a guide to understanding some of the lesser-known options. Read More to pay for purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks. Which previously wasn’t possible.


Apple has always maintained a tight grip over the payment methods used on its platforms. Which was bad news for PayPal users and even worse news for PayPal itself. Now, Apple is relinquishing a little bit of control over how you pay for stuff while ensconced in the Apple ecosystem…

Using PayPal as a Payment Method

Until now the only people able to use PayPal to pay for purchases on iTunes et al were U.S. users accessing iTunes via the desktop app. Now, Apple is extending support so that anyone in 12 countries can use PayPal to pay for purchases on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or PC.

The 12 countries are the U.S., the UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. Not only can PayPal be used to pay for apps and media, but it can also be used to pay for recurring subscriptions such as Apple Music 10 Essential Apple Music Tips You Really Need to Know Since its launch in 2015, Apple Music has come a long way, baby. Unfortunately, it's still not the easiest or most intuitive service to get to grips with. Which is where we come in... Read More and iCloud Better Than iCloud? 6 Superior Cloud Services for Apple Users In some ways, the things that make Apple such a great hardware and software company make it bad at the cloud. Read More .

Adding PayPal as a payment option is really simple. Just head to the settings menu on your device, find your Account Settings, select PayPal as a new payment method, and sign into your PayPal account. If you set it as the default all future payments will come through PayPal.

Funding the Apple Ecosystem

This may seem like a small change, but it’s important for two reasons. 1. It opens up a new revenue stream for PayPal, which was previously blocked from funding the Apple ecosystem Escaping the iCloud: Leaving Apple's Ecosystem Behind You have invested in iOS. Your data is tied up in iCloud, your email in your Apple email account. How are you going to escape the iCloud and make your data ecosystem-independent? Read More . 2. It suggests Apple is willing to cede control if it thinks the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.


We’d hazard a guess that Apple thinks that this will encourage more people to buy stuff on iTunes and the App Store. Even if PayPal has the potential to take business away from Apple’s own Apple Pay. Thus the benefit of hooking more people into its ecosystem outweighs the downsides.

Do you regularly buy stuff from iTunes and the App Store? If so, what payment method have you been using up to now? Are you likely to switch to using PayPal once the option becomes available? If so, why? If not, why not? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. David Drucker
    July 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

    One thing the instructions neglect to mention is that the Paypal account must be registered in the same country as your iTunes account. So that means if you want to buy anything in the American iTunes (including Music, Movies for an AppleTV, Books) and App Stores, you have to have an American Paypal account. Those of us in Canada who want to get American content must still jump through all sorts of hoops (setting up credit cards in the US via any means possible and then using gift cards purchased in the US or on eBay for the iTunes store - or suffer ridiculously poor exchange rates and fees for the conversion). It's an enormous pain in the butt and this Paypal addition does nothing to fix it, even though I pay for all kinds of things in the US with my Paypal account and it does the currency conversion just fine).