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iPhone requires iTunes Store account?

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Tue June 12, 2007

iPhone iTunes Store E-mail

The iPhone requires an iTunes Store account, according to a new e-mail circulating to those who signed up for notifications from Apple. The message, which admonishes its recipients to "get ready for iPhone," asks users to specifically launch iTunes and register for a new account if one doesn't already exist. No mention is made of why the registration is required or why users demands more than a standard Apple ID used for the company's web-based shop, with the bulk of the e-mail summarizing the phone's well-known features.

"To set up your iPhone, you'll need an account with Apple's iTunes Store," the e-mail says. "If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don't have an account, you should set one up now to save time later."

Apple's first cellphone will by definition need extra registration beyond typical products from the company, including a minimum subscription through AT&T for cellular service. The California-based company has also said it will provide free Yahoo 'push' e-mail accounts to all iPhone owners.



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  1. jpellino

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    so what?

    I have one. I costs me nothing. I never buy songs. I just get the 1 to 3 free songs every week and rip everything else.

  1. testudo

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    Re: so what?

    Well, I guess the 'so what' is "Why?". For what ungodly reason would it be required for me to get an iTMS account to use a phone???

  1. pharmacopoeia

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    the ungodly reason

    is because it's an ipod

  1. testudo

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    Re: the ungodly reason

    is because it's an ipod

    Since when does an iPod require an iTMS account? Unless you're playing iTMS music?

    Again, if you don't have music, why do you have to sign up for an account?

  1. bobolicious

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    Advertising...

    ...numbers tracking & possibly theft / loss prevention...?

  1. jasong

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    because they hate you

    They plan to steal your credit card (and your children). By forcing you (and they are forcing you, gun to the head and all) to sign up now they get the added bonus of s******* you over without even having to turn over an iPhone.

  1. shmoolie

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    it's not...

    The email was ambiguous. The way I read mine was that to download songs and movies you need to have an ITMS account.

    my guess is that ITMS will also be the interface for applications to use on the phone.

  1. e:leaf

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    This is

    no bother. Mosty of us alreadyd have an iTS account.

    I'm wondering what the subscription plan will be. I would imagine that Apple and ATT may have made a set of plans to specifically cater to the iPhone. I can't imagine that Apple would want users to have a non-unlimited data program, as that would, ultimately, reflect badly on the phone itself.

    I want to see the plans man.

  1. elroth

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    don't get hysterical yet

    I agree with schmoolie - it's quite possible you will only need an iTunes account if you want to download songs or movies. So far it's not clear.

  1. maybesew

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    probably...

    to handle the sales of the at&t contracts. one less thing to be done in the store, and can be done later, allowing the customer to select the plan they want in the comfort of their own home, pay their bill online, change plans, etc etc

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