Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts Finally Coming to the US

12 daysIn the past, Apple has offered its 12 Days of Gifts free downloads in its iTunes Stores in Canada, some of Europe and Asia as well as a few other countries. The US iTunes Store was left out in the cold. This year, the free downloads are coming to the U.S. iTunes Store as well.

Apple released the 12 Days of Gifts app this week. A free daily download is available through the app from December 26th through January 6th. Each download is only available for 24 hours, based on the timezone associated with your iTunes account. The download may be a song, app, book or movie.

Just a couple of things to remember:

  • For movie rentals, you have 30 days to watch the movie.  Once you start to watch it, you have 24 hours to finish watching it.
  • Movie rentals are not transferable to any other device or computer.  Remember that when you go to download it.  Make sure it is on the device that you want to watch it on.
  • On your computer, you can find your downloaded movie, music and TV content in your iTunes library and books in your iBooks library.
  • On your device, music will be in your Music app, movies and TV episodes will be in your Videos app and books will be in your iBooks app.
  • Make sure that you have the iBooks app installed prior to downloading any books.

The 12 Days of Gifts app can be found in the App Store.  It requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.   Available languages are Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

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Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at