Apple scraps iTunes Allowances for kids
People can no longer sign up to iTunes Allowances and existing Allowances are to be scrapped in May, as Apple is ending support for the feature.
Apple has ended support for iTunes Allowances, a feature that enabled parents to send credits to a recipient’s Apple ID on a monthly basis.
The feature is being shut down with existing allowances cancelled on May 25th. You won’t be able to send any additional funds from this date, though existing balances will remain in an account until used.
Apple is suggesting that people use Family Sharing instead in order to manage iTunes purchases made by your family. Alternatively, it proposes that people send gifts to family and friends via iTunes Gifts.
Family Sharing lets up to six people share media purchases without having to share accounts. Purchases can be paid for with one credit card, so parents can still manage kids’ spending requests if they’re using their own device.
One thing to note is that Family Sharing doesn’t support in-app purchases as the iTunes Allowance did. And you’ll have to approve, or at least respond to, any iTunes purchase request.
Apple has started informing customers via e-mail, though it didn’t give an official reason as to why iTunes Allowances is being closed.