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  • Apple Taking Donations via iTunes to Help Earthquake Victims in Japan


    Apple has begun taking donations through iTunes, to help the victims of the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on Friday. 100% of the donations will go directly to the American Red Cross and Apple is waiving its usual 30% fee. Apple is accepting donations through the iTunes store in various denominations ranging from $5-$200. Unfortunately, you can't use iTunes store credit to make donations.

    Apple has also posted a message on the Apple Store website in Japan that reads: ”To those who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami, we send sympathies from our heart. In this deep sadness, we are praying for the victims and their families.”

    Apple has the largest credit card database of any retailer on the internet. By having all donations go through iTunes, it gives people a quick and easy way to donate money to the relief fund. Donations can also be made directly to the American Red Cross website, as well.



    Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this horrible tragedy.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Taking Donations via iTunes to Help Earthquake Victims in Japan started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 108 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Please! Comments like this is like finger pointing and can start arguments! Be nice to your MMi members!
      Agreed. Having opinions is fine. Responding to each others views with your opinion in a respectful manner is also fine. Insulting other members is not fine.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Please! Comments like this is like finger pointing and can start arguments! Be nice to your MMi members!
      Yeah we should let ignorance reign free...
    1. djdon's Avatar
      djdon -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      The largest thermonuclear weapon ever created produced 50 megatons, the earthquake in Japan created 474 megatons, that's 2 Exajoules of energy. Try doing some research before posting *******.
      Oh, so you're telling me you know of everything that exist or not? look which part of Japan got hit? the poorest area. You guys need to open your eyes and pay attention.Conspiracy, illuminati, free masons it all exists and we are all blinded by it. Magic Johnson was diagnosed with cancer how long ago? MANYYYYY YEARS... so tell me, how is this guy still alive? well, lets see.. HE HAS MONEY and CURE FOR CANCER EXIST but available to people who has conncections and money. Bro, if they brought it out the public, it beats all purpose which is to make $$$. So my point is, just because your research says this and that.. doesn't mean it's all true. There are things which we do not know of and that's all in control of the illuminati. In some research, it was said that the number 9 represents human, 10 represents GOD and 11 represents ABOVE god. So, the fact that everything is happening on the 11th simply states that the illuminati are just claming their terretory and taking OVER. And they are trying to prove that they are ABOVE all, including GOD. So, when you say.. SUCH AND SUCH does not exisit, you might be wrong and need to reconsider all the other facts aswell. I'm not trying to start any sort of argument but just trying to make a point out there that the FRee Masons are really Trying to F*ck with this world and we all need to step it up. Finally, if you still belive that im all BS then please explain to me why everything is happening on the 11th. If you tell me that it's just a coincidence then guys I just don't have any more words for you.
    1. macfan406's Avatar
      macfan406 -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Apple ask for donations, but what about if they take at least $10.00 from each iPad 2 that they sold? or some %. What you think Steve?
      off topic but i LOVE your signature.. jailbreak forever!

      And Apple is most likely donating something to the victims of this disaster. I just dont see them as a company who wouldn't. Apple is a company who actually cares about the people who work for them and care about their customers. I think its fair to assume they've sent something overseas..
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by djdon View Post
      Oh, so you're telling me you know of everything that exist or not? look which part of Japan got hit? the poorest area. You guys need to open your eyes and pay attention.Conspiracy, illuminati, free masons it all exists and we are all blinded by it. Magic Johnson was diagnosed with cancer how long ago? MANYYYYY YEARS... so tell me, how is this guy still alive? well, lets see.. HE HAS MONEY and CURE FOR CANCER EXIST but available to people who has conncections and money. Bro, if they brought it out the public, it beats all purpose which is to make $$$. So my point is, just because your research says this and that.. doesn't mean it's all true. There are things which we do not know of and that's all in control of the illuminati. In some research, it was said that the number 9 represents human, 10 represents GOD and 11 represents ABOVE god. So, the fact that everything is happening on the 11th simply states that the illuminati are just claming their terretory and taking OVER. And they are trying to prove that they are ABOVE all, including GOD. So, when you say.. SUCH AND SUCH does not exisit, you might be wrong and need to reconsider all the other facts aswell. I'm not trying to start any sort of argument but just trying to make a point out there that the FRee Masons are really Trying to F*ck with this world and we all need to step it up.
      Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV. Not cancer.
    1. djdon's Avatar
      djdon -
      Quote Originally Posted by x98car View Post
      Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV. Not cancer.
      Okay, Fine. HIV.. so where is the cure??? yet he is still alive. Im thankful that he is alive but the point is such things exists in our presence and yet we are not aware of it. People die for money i tell you.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      To the people of Japan,

      We here at Apple do not intend to donate a cent of our hard-earned billions that we have in cash on top of our extensive profits from the recent iPad 2 sales combined with the continued success of our other products currently in production. We will however enlist the help and donations of our millions and millions of customers so that we may send THEIR money to you instead. But we do give you our sympathy and wish you the best.

      -- good luck

      -- Apple

      Of course that's not an actual quote....but come on. If Apple had done anything remotely significant to aid Japan we would have certainly heard about it by now.

      When Apple nuts up and throws down some cash then I will be happy to fork over a donation to them for the relief effort.
    1. ReggieSmith's Avatar
      ReggieSmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Take notice that apple is not helping, but arranging for you to help.
      I swear some of you aren't happy unless you're being cynical about Apple. Apple just made it easy for millions of people who might not have thought to help.

      You hate apple so much but you keep VOLUNTARILY buying their products, only to turn around and complain because you can't completely redesign them.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djdon View Post
      Okay, Fine. HIV.. so where is the cure??? yet he is still alive. Im thankful that he is alive but the point is such things exists in our presence and yet we are not aware of it. People die for money i tell you.
      People can live anywhere from 20 - 50 years later from contracting HIV or AIDS. Just like people can survive many many years after being diagnosed with Cancer. Sure, having money helps getting better treatment but there isn't a magic cure being withheld by any hocus pocus organisation made famous by Dan Brown fiction
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      TAKE NOTICE THAT YOUR AN #$%&@ (I really like to say something else)

      I will probably get a warning about that comment but it needed to be said
      Your fanboyism knows no limits
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by macfan406 View Post
      off topic but i LOVE your signature.. jailbreak forever!

      And Apple is most likely donating something to the victims of this disaster. I just dont see them as a company who wouldn't. Apple is a company who actually cares about the people who work for them and care about their customers. I think its fair to assume they've sent something overseas..
      Just shut up. If they wanted to help they would give the workers a raise
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      People can live anywhere from 20 - 50 years later from contracting HIV or AIDS. Just like people can survive many many years after being diagnosed with Cancer. Sure, having money helps getting better treatment but there isn't a magic cure being withheld by any hocus pocus organisation made famous by Dan Brown fiction
      Please lets get back on the topic of this thread...

      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Just shut up. If they wanted to help they would give the workers a raise
      Please be nice.....

      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Your fanboyism knows no limits
      Please be nice as well!
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Apple is going to take all the money that was donated and give the Japanese people iTunes gift cards.



      Is it only me? But Apple's webite wont load.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Please! Comments like this is like finger pointing and can start arguments! Be nice to your MMi members!

      Well some MMi members need to stop being narrow minded. I mean really this isn't about "apple wanting their consumers to donate instead of them" or whatever other hanous idea people come up with. People need to stop jumping to conclusions.

      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      I guess people don't care that they are the 3rd richest country in the world and don't need any extra money?

      A few extra pair of hands to help would be useful to them, but not money.

      Did Japan send any of their own people when other countries had natural disasters? Seriously.. I don't know the answer but I'm sure it'll be much informative.
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      Is apple gonna double or match the money that have been donated? if not then why does this even news....
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by elkyelky View Post
      I guess people don't care that they are the 3rd richest country in the world and don't need any extra money?

      A few extra pair of hands to help would be useful to them, but not money.

      Did Japan send any of their own people when other countries had natural disasters? Seriously.. I don't know the answer but I'm sure it'll be much informative.
      If your basing the rich ranking on GDP (which most rich rankings are done on) then the U.S is the richest country in the world. (3.5 times "richer" than Japan) So by your logic the U.S. could manage a much bigger disaster without getting any external help.

      But like many "rich" countries, they are operating on a budget deficit (of $322 billion). No country has the money to deal with this level of disaster on their own.

      Yes Japan sent man power, cash and aid for all the recent natural disasters. One very generous Japanese man, donated $1million out of his own money for Katrina.
    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodgod2 View Post
      Is apple gonna double or match the money that have been donated? if not then why does this even news....
      No they won't lol, they'll give 1st gen iPods to those who sadly lost someone to make their life more "bearable".

      Apple helps no one but themselves. To even suggest they would donate to Japan is mega crazy. This is Apple were talking about, not green peace.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Be aware when donating to the Red Cross, they have have one of the largest overhead per dollar percentage takes of any charity foundation. The CEO of Red Cross, a non profit foundation is making over a half million a year plus. He is one of many highly paid people that work and run the Red Cross. That means only a small portion of every dollar you give really makes it to the people in need.

      If you want to help, do a little online research first to see what foundation is really helping the cause that you want to donate to. This info is widely available online, right down to detailed reports of administration cost. A little effort on your end will make that donation go allot further.
      So you think the CEO of a huge donation company that devotes his time to his job doesn't deserve pay? Believe me only small or religions that donate don't take a little money. Also they need some money to pay for ads and people that go to red cross as their job. how do you think any company becomes big?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      If I went around my town door to door and offered people a way to donate to a worthy cause but I myself did not donate that makes me the bad guy? Some people live in such warped realities