All the latest movies, accessible from any Apple device.
Originally designed by Apple to sync music to iPods, iTunes now offers access to apps, movies, and TV shows as well. You can either rent movies to watch within a specific time period, or pay for a permanent version which you can download to your device.
iTunes doesn’t have a monthly subscription package, it works on a pay-as-you-go basis. Meaning that you only pay for shows or movies that you rent or download.
What devices is iTunes compatible with?
iTunes is available as software on Windows and Mac OS computers, or in app form for iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, and iPods).
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How do I sign up to iTunes?
If you already have an Apple device, then you should automatically have iTunes and an Apple ID, which is required to rent or buy content from the store. If you have lost your username or password then it is easy to recover at the sign in screen.
iTunes pros and cons
Optimised for Apple devices like iPad, iPhone, and Mac
Wide selection of recent titles
Can pay using iTunes gift cards, which are often discounted
Expensive option for heavy users
Walled garden service (with the exception of PCs)
iTunes is a solid choice if you want to have access to recent movies and TV shows, and don’t mind paying for individual access. If you want access on a mobile device other than an iPhone, you may prefer to look elsewhere.
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Frequently asked questions
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The few times I’ve bought or rented movies from iTunes is when it gets new releases before Amazon Video.
The prices of the two services are comparable, so the main reason I sometimes opt for watching on iTunes is because I don’t want to wait for the movie to become available on Amazon.
Otherwise, I tend to stick with Amazon Video. While I have an iPhone and iPad, I don’t have an Apple TV — meaning anything I rent or buy through iTunes is restricted to watching on my phone or tablet. Not ideal for moving watching.
Rented movies or TV shows are available for up to 30 days. However, once you begin watching you will only retain the content for 24 hours, so plan ahead and make sure you can watch your movie or TV show within that time.
Yes, you can. Whenever you buy a single episode of a TV show you will be given the option of downloading the full series, and you’ll be credited for the amount that your initial single episode cost.
If you have Apple TV then your content will be available to watch instantly on your Apple TV service. Alternatively you can plug your laptop into a TV via a HDMI cable and watch it that way.
Shirley Liu is Finder's global program manager. She was previously the publisher for banking and investments and has also written comparisons for energy, money transfers, Uber Eats and many other topics. Shirley has a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Media, Journalism and Communications from the University of New South Wales. She is passionate about helping people find the best deal for their needs.
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