I decided to get my Secret Santa a $10 iTunes gift card to go along with a 6-pack of Magic Hat. This turned out to be a harder gift to get a hold of than I would have thought. I found $10 cards at a few stores, sold in 3 or 4 packs. I checked a lot of stores and found $15 iTunes gift cards at many of them. I eventually went on the web and did a search and realized $10 cards are no longer sold singly in retail stores. I’m sure many people just decide to get the $15 card instead when they can’t find the $10 card. I wasn’t going to cave to Apple and spend the extra $5. That’s what Apple wants us to do. Time for Plan B.
I found out that I could buy an iTunes certificate online which I could print to include in my gift bag. I happened to be at my parents’ house when I went to purchase the certificate. I thought it would be as easy as going to the Apple Online Store to buy one. I was wrong. I found out I had to download the entire Apple iTunes software application onto my parent’s computer in order for me to get the certificate. iTunes is a free application that organizes and plays your digital music and video on your computer. This really annoyed me.
I only wanted to purchase a certificate. I had no interest in using the software. I don’t understand why Apple felt that just because I was purchasing a certificate that I was interested in the iTunes software. I thought hard about making that purchase.
I’m generally a reasonable person. I’m not an Apple Hater. I think Apple was unreasonable in making me download megabytes of software just so I could purchase that certificate. What do you think? In the end I went through with the download and purchase, but Apple fell down a notch on my respect meter.