Netbooks, PDA and Phones Thread, Buying iPad apps en masse without adding credit card? in Technical; I was just wondering how other people with iPads were handling being able to buy apps en masse?
We were ...
28th June 2012, 04:48 PM #1
Buying iPad apps en masse without adding credit card?
I was just wondering how other people with iPads were handling being able to buy apps en masse?
We were going to follow the model we've seen mentioned a few places that involves buying the app once in the store and then gifting it multiple times depending on how many copies of the app we need. The "gifts" would then esentally be our licenses with the apps.
Quick Example: We need the scrabble app installed on 10 ipads then we would purchase it once in the store using our normal iTunes account and then gift it 9 times to a designated e-mail address.
The issue we're facing is that we wanted to use Apple Gift Cards to purchase the apps on so we wouldn't have to associate the school credit card with our iTunes account. However we've discovered that we can't use a gift card balance to fund gifting items. Buying them directly and the gift card balance works fine but it falls over when we want to "gift" the app 9 times because it explicitly asks for a different payment method.
Either Card or Clink N Buy.
I was wondering how other people got around this issue?
29th June 2012, 09:30 PM #2
Right so after doing a bit more research we've come up with two possible solutions for the time being.
1) Have a separate apple account different from the main one that has the school credit card attached. That way we get get finance to log in and "gift" the apps to a designated e-mail address and again this acts as our licences. The upside being we have all our "licenses" in one place. The downside to this is having to put through a separate order for each app we want to purchase and then having to wait for finance to gift the licenses for us.
2) Have a separate account for each i pad. We can buy gift cards and give each account say £15 which should be enough for most app purchases for the near future. The up side to this is that we don't need to wait for finance to order the apps and we can manage them ourselves. The only thing we need to worry about is keep in stock of itune gift cards. The downside is that it means manually downloading each app on each account. At 10 iPads this isn't TOO bad but in the future if we have 20 or 30 then it is going to be a massive ball ache to have to purchase`an app 30 times!
These are the two options we've come up with. I was hoping someone could perhaps add a 3rd way which would make life a little easier? From my reading on the subject so far I get the impression that the majority of people just completely flaunt the licensing agreements and buy an app once before sticking it on as many devices as they own. I've even been told to do this myself before from apple resellers however getting anything in writing which I'd want to do before pushing ahead with that is obviously not going to happen!
30th June 2012, 03:32 PM #3
We got trapped with the inability to gift apps using a gift card - a real PITA and Apple no help at all. We buy individual gift cards for each machine and have the kids install the apps. But these are machines that are managed buy the kids although owned by the school. In Australia gift cards are often on sale (say 20x$20 cards for $30) at various department stores and there is even a web site that tracks the latest iTunes card sales so we have never paid full price for the gift cards.
30th June 2012, 03:56 PM #4
Can't you get pre paid credit cards ( link each of them to the school credit card ) and use a specific pre paid credit card for each iDevice ??
30th June 2012, 05:57 PM #5
Have you seen the volume purchase program, I was told by a supplier that Apple announced that it has rolled out to the UK, I've not verified this though
Apple - Education - Volume Purchase Program
No sure if it the same but we needed 20 copies of Final Cut pro x which is only available through the app store for our iMacs, Academia were able to bulk purchase them on our behalf and then they issued us with a redemption code from Apple allowing us to install it on our machines
I can give you the contact details of our account manager if you want to speak to him about it.
Last edited by old_n07; 30th June 2012 at 06:03 PM.
30th June 2012, 05:58 PM #6
Originally Posted by old_n07
Not yet but "soon"
Coming Soon. The Apple Volume Purchase Program is expanding to the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and United Kingdom
30th June 2012, 06:06 PM #7
I know it says that on the website but Airwatch who supplied our MDM suite which provides the ability to install bulk purchased apps to our controlled iPads called us about the feature being announced in the UK last week as we were waiting for it to arrive.
30th June 2012, 06:17 PM #8
Here is the UK page for the volume purchase program
Apple (United Kingdom) - Mac - Apple Software Volume Licensing
the software available is limited though
30th June 2012, 06:23 PM #9
That's Mac, Not iOS.
30th June 2012, 06:30 PM #10
Yes, I did say in post #5 that we purchased Final Cut through Academia in bulk and I suppose it was via that scheme but I didn't know if it can be used with the iPad or not so I was posting the link in case it was any help
30th June 2012, 06:34 PM #11
30th June 2012, 06:37 PM #12
I'll ring Airwatch on Monday when I get into work and see if they can point me at a link with some info
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