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At some point it's likely that you want to either purchase additional applications for your iPhone or iPod Touch, or you'll want to purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store. We will be taking detailed looks at how to make these purchases from your device in upcoming chapters, but in order to do so, you need to register for a free iTunes Store account. Now if you have ever purchased music through iTunes on your computer, you already have an account. Additionally, if you subscribe to Apple's MobileMe service, or if you have an Apple ID, which you created if you ever purchased anything from the Apple Online Store, you can use that account information as well. But if you are completely new to purchasing content from the iTunes Store, you will need an account.
So in this movie, I will show you how to create one from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Start by locating the Settings icon and tap it. Then scroll down and find Store. Here, if you already have an account, is where you can sign in, so your Phone or iPod always remembers your account Username or tap Create New Account to go through the process of creating a new account. First, confirm the country or region you live in. This needs to match the location of your credit card's billing address. Then tap Next. Here you can read through the Terms & Conditions of service for using the iTunes Store.
I leave it entirely up to your own judgment whether or not you want to read through all of this. Let's just assume we did and tap Agree. Next, enter the e-mail address you want to use for this account. Your e-mail address will become your username. Then create a password and type it again to make sure you didn't make any typos. Next, create a security question that only you know the answer to.
This is to verify your identity, if you never forget your password or need to recover it. And then enter your Birth Date. This is just another identity verification step. And lastly on the screen, decide whether you like to receive e-mails from Apple concerning new releases or changes to the Store, or information about other products and services from Apple.
I will choose that both of these OFF for now. Tap Next. Here's where you can enter your credit card billing information. This is, again, to verify that you are real person, and to confirm your identity. You won't be charged for anything until you actually make a purchase, though. And once all your information has been confirmed, you should see this message telling you your account has been successfully created. Tap done, and you're Done. You are now signed in and ready to browse and purchase music and apps from the iTunes Store, which again we will be looking at in upcoming chapters.
Now before we close out this movie, I just want to mention you can create an iTunes Account through iTunes on your computer, which in my opinion is much quicker since you can use a real keyboard. In iTunes, select the iTunes Store and then click Sign In. In this dialog box that appears, click Create New Account. At this point, you can walk through pretty much the same process we just saw on the iPhone, but it will probably take you much less time. Then when you are prompted to enter your username and password on your iPhone or iPod Touch, when you eventually go to make a purchase, just enter the account information you created here in iTunes.
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