Apple to Shut Down “iTunes Allowances” Next Month


Apple announced yesterday its iTunes Allowances will end on May 25, 2016 (via MacRumors):

After April 13, 2016, you will no longer be able to create a new iTunes Allowance. All existing allowances will cancel May 25, 2016.

After May 25, existing allowance balances will remain until used. Apple says customers wanting to manage purchases made by family members should use Family Sharing, and if they want to send gifts, use iTunes Gifts instead.

iTunes Allowances allowed parents to setup reoccurring monthly credit to a child’s iTunes account, and was one suggestion as part of a “Parents’ Guide to iTunes” the company released back in 2013. The guide was seen as a response to stories in the media of children spending thousands of dollars in the App Store, due to parents not setting up device restrictions.


  • Awe boo
    I was looking forward to using this very soon, as my Son is turning 4 and is starting to play more games on our tablets.

  • karinatwork

    Isn’t that great. We’ve been using this for the past few years. I will miss it. But, on the other hand, with this announcement looming, I finally got around and change his account to reflect his REAL age, and now he has to send me an approval notice first before he can download any game. This way I can keep taps on what he downloads BEFORE he downloads it. Quite nifty, actually.