Apple announced recently that users will be unable to create any new iTunes Allowances and that all existing allowances will cancel on May 25, 2016. Apparently, Family Sharing will take the mantle from the Cupertino giant’s older service.
iTunes Allowances was a service that allowed parents to control money spending of their children on iTunes by setting limits on what their kids could buy from the iTunes Store every month. Parents could gift their children credit ranging from $10 to 450. This credit could be used to purchase content from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, Mac App Store or even an Apple Music membership.
Starting April 13, though, the company has stopped accepting any more requests for allowances.
According to the tech giant, the service will be dead-lined next month on the 25th and any unused allowance credit will remain in the recipient’s account until it’s used. Apple has been informing iTunes Allowance users through personal emails about the cancellation of the service.
iTunes Allowances are coming to an end. You will no longer be able to create allowances after April 13th, 2016, and any existing allowances will stop on May 25th, 2016. Any unused allowance credit will still be available in the recipient’s account until it’s used.
For other ways to manage iTunes purchases made by your family, use Family Sharing. To send gifts to family and friends, use iTunes Gifts.
If you have any questions or need help, contact Apple Support.
Following its discontinuation, Apple is encouraging users to use Family Sharing service instead of iTunes Allowances. Family Sharing was introduced in 2014 and let sup to six people with separate accounts to share media purchases, including iTunes music, movies, TV shows, books and apps. It also allows families to share photos, a family calendar and more between devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Surprisingly, the service is also available for PC via iCloud for Windows.