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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. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      I was thinking the SAME THING! Hell they are the ones with all the money! Bout as bad as when celebrities get on tv asking people to donate to help save this and that. They got all the money! People need to start worrying about about our own country and not everyone else's. I'm sorry but when's the last time Japan took up a "donation" for the U.S.? If something popped off here Japan wouldn't give two $hits about the U.S.
      These's events always bring the grateful ******** out of the woodwork.
      This isn't Apple saying "We're not helping". For all we know they could have donated millions.
      Hundreds of countries, my own included, have donated to the U.S. in your time of need, Hurricane Katerina, 9/11 being the two most high profile. Would you rather we have just said, clean up your mess? You're probably one those asshoIes with Twitter and Facebook statuses saying this is karma for Pearl Harbor.

      It's a good thing that Celebrities promote certain charities. Again you don't that they don't donate themselves. Thank god there are some Celebs that use their money and status to do some help in the world. Sean Penn for example didn't just donate to Haiti, he actually went to Haiti and used his money to set up his own relief organisation in Haiti It hopefully encourages people to donate because their favourite Celeb is on screen rather than some unknown volunteer. It's a sad reality that people will donate just because a celeb makes it "cool" but it's better than nothing.


      It's attitudes like yours why maybe we shouldn't give two $hits about the U.S.
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      Y does America ALWAYS have to help counties in need like Haiti, japan etc. They wouldn't help us & as a country we r struggling! We need to help ourselves b4 others. Donate Ur $ to local places not ppl who kill free willy & flipper! God bless them though
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kinkme93 View Post
      Y does America ALWAYS have to help counties in need like Haiti, japan etc. They wouldn't help us & as a country we r struggling! We need to help ourselves b4 others. Donate Ur $ to local places not ppl who kill free willy & flipper! God bless them though
      Why did all those other countries help America when Hurricane Katerina hit, or when the Twin Towers fell? Next time deal with your problems on your own.

      Economic problems and disasters like Japan are completely different.
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      It's sickening how Apple is asking US,THE CONSUMERS for donations when they are the multi-billion dollar company. The least they could do is match our donations 50% or something. Greedy ********

      Oh and to everyone who's saying "HURRDURR MAYBE APPLE DONATED AND WE DON'T KNOW IT"
      Seriously, shut up. If apple donate we would have heard about it because they never pass up a chance for good publicity.
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      This reminds me of the time my grandad said to me "Sonny boy, you better wrap the rascal before you slam the salmon"

      Still don't know what he ment
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I'm sure they donated some money guys, relax...
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Take notice that apple is not helping, but arranging for you to help.
      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
    1. mtbsickrider's Avatar
      mtbsickrider -
      It's sad too see so many ignorant americans(united states citizens) questioning sending help to other countries when their country is so bad off. Are you aware of the chaos that japan must be suffering, the country is probably frozen , upon thousands of families homeless. Go see the news, and not hopefully , but if you went through a major natural disaster, you should understand thats the time you need most help.

      And saying that other countries dont help United States, is just more ignorance for your part.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      What is wrong with people... Who cares what Japan did before or why we should help... they are humans, and need help... you would want help too if you were in that situation... Find it in your heart if most you ignorant assholes have one and help them... Quit complaining how they didn't help us (which is a false assumption by you ignorant bastards) and just help them, if you can't then pray for them, if your atheist then spread the word for them. Quit saying why isn't Apple donating, they are using their status to help the cause. Either donate, or shut up that simple.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      TAKE NOTICE THAT YOUR AN IDIOT

      I will probably get a warning about that comment but it needed to be said
      Yup... play nice! And keep comments like this to yourself please!
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Money isn't always the best help. Food - Closes - Shelter - place to clean them selfs. Yes it takes money but I rather donate where they need it the most not to some foundation claiming to be helping but some how a non profit origanization CEO making tons of money. Sorry but the Red Cross is a profit company scamming many people and companies.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mtbsickrider View Post
      It's sad too see so many ignorant americans(united states citizens) questioning sending help to other countries when their country is so bad off. Are you aware of the chaos that japan must be suffering, the country is probably frozen , upon thousands of families homeless. Go see the news, and not hopefully , but if you went through a major natural disaster, you should understand thats the time you need most help.

      And saying that other countries dont help United States, is just more ignorance for your part.
      I think people that say this are frustrated because America is always helping other countries out.. and here where we live there are people living in the streets, no food no shelter which are suffering as well and many have died because of this to.

      Myself I hate to see Japan like it is right now... however I hate to see America like it is right now to.
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I think people that say this are frustrated because America is always helping other countries out.. and here where we live there are people living in the streets, no food no shelter which are suffering as well and many have died because of this to.

      Myself I hate to see Japan like it is right now... however I hate to see America like it is right now to.
      100% AGREE!
      True American!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kinkme93 View Post
      Y does America ALWAYS have to help counties in need like Haiti, japan etc. They wouldn't help us & as a country we r struggling! We need to help ourselves b4 others. Donate Ur $ to local places not ppl who kill free willy & flipper! God bless them though
      I'm embarrassed to live in the same country as you, I can't believe you'd actually say something like that, it's so selfish! Obviously there are a ton of ppl in Japan that are in a lot worse situation then we are now because of the earthquake/tsunami. They help us in our time of need but when they need our help we should just look the other way?...pathetic!

      Whether Apple donated or not should not effect the fact that the ppl of Japan need every bit of help that they can get! At least Apple's giving us a fast way to donate. If you're not going to donate that's your choice, but don't sit there and try and give others a reason not to, that's just sad!

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      These's events always bring the grateful ******** out of the woodwork.
      This isn't Apple saying "We're not helping". For all we know they could have donated millions.
      Hundreds of countries, my own included, have donated to the U.S. in your time of need, Hurricane Katerina, 9/11 being the two most high profile. Would you rather we have just said, clean up your mess? You're probably one those asshoIes with Twitter and Facebook statuses saying this is karma for Pearl Harbor.

      It's a good thing that Celebrities promote certain charities. Again you don't that they don't donate themselves. Thank god there are some Celebs that use their money and status to do some help in the world. Sean Penn for example didn't just donate to Haiti, he actually went to Haiti and used his money to set up his own relief organisation in Haiti It hopefully encourages people to donate because their favourite Celeb is on screen rather than some unknown volunteer. It's a sad reality that people will donate just because a celeb makes it "cool" but it's better than nothing.


      It's attitudes like yours why maybe we shouldn't give two $hits about the U.S.
      +1 very well put!

      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Take notice that apple is not helping, but arranging for you to help.
      What does that have to do with donating to ppl in need over in Japan?
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I'm embarrassed to live in the same country as you, I can't believe you'd actually say something like that, it's so selfish! Obviously there are a ton of ppl in Japan that are in a lot worse situation then we are now because of the earthquake/tsunami. They help us in our time of need but when they need our help we should just look the other way?...pathetic!

      Whether Apple donated or not should not effect the fact that the ppl of Japan need every bit of help that they can get! At least Apple's giving us a fast way to donate. If you're not going to donate that's your choice, but don't sit there and try and give others a reason not to, that's just sad!
      Listen "Steve" our country has billions of dollars to help other countries but can't help our schools or the poor or the disabled? In Louisiana & new Orleans ppl still need help but no America would rather focus on Haiti who doesn't help America cuz there so poor and I do admit we should help japan cuz they helped us.. My bad. Hopefully japan will rise again like the rising sun on there flag
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      This thread is about apple taking donations to help Japan.. everyone has their own thoughts on this.. however please do not point fingers as to their thoughts compared to your thoughts.. in the end we will all help Japan.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Guys, I HIGHLY doubt Apple is looking to make money on this. This is just an easy way to use your money, possibly even a gift card, to send to the victims of this natural disaster. To insinuate that Apple is keeping a cut of the money is utterly ridiculous (and I am not Apple's greatest fan if you read any overage post of mine).

      That said, I would like to see Apple match what people are donating in some way.
    1. Radex's Avatar
      Radex -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I think people that say this are frustrated because America is always helping other countries out.. and here where we live there are people living in the streets, no food no shelter which are suffering as well and many have died because of this as well.

      Myself I hate to see Japan like it is right now... however I hate to see America like it is right now to.
      For me personally, it is a question of intention of why helping others out. Now, what I am going to say is somewhat controversial in nature, but in many ways I see the intention of helping beyond just out of good will. Whether it be economics or improving relations, I feel it's not selfless, more or less, it's self-serving.

      I feel this applies to the "instant gratified" society that we are seen as. We act based on a reactionary manner. I mean, in general, how often are people talking about the problems that are still going on in Haiti? Is that on the news still? Even so, I agree Japan does need help, but the USA seriously needs to help itself internally. Note that I am not holding myself blameless, nor am I saying this applies to everyone and everything.

      Haha, the idea of non-profit should be revised. It ticks me to see CEOs receive pay greater than the president, himself. It defeats the idea of selfless service. I think the greatest example of an organization taking advantage its non-profit status is the Collegeboard organization.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      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?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kinkme93 View Post
      Listen "Steve" our country has billions of dollars to help other countries but can't help our schools or the poor or the disabled? In Louisiana & new Orleans ppl still need help but no America would rather focus on Haiti who doesn't help America cuz there so poor and I do admit we should help japan cuz they helped us.. My bad. Hopefully japan will rise again like the rising sun on there flag
      I understand what your saying, and I agree that we need to help out our own ppl, but there's no reason why we can't help out other countries in their times of need regardless if they've helped us in the past or not. They're still human beings and by us being the example by helping out who knows what can come of that. Maybe it'll change the way others view us, maybe it'll change them.