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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. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Island moved 8ft! Thats horrible
    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      If I went around my town door to door and got people 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
      It would if you had some billions in your pocket and the only problem you ever had was you found it hard to decide what island you wanted to buy.

      Look at bill gates and the amount of money he has donated... I bet Steve has only donated pennies compared to billy.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I dunno why this has turned into arguing why Apple has or has not donated money. If people refuse to donate just because some wealthy people might not then I feel sorry for you if that's how you base your decisions on a topic.

      The "why should I give my money if Mr. Billionaire isn't" mentality is a sad state to be in
    1. ssjbrolly's Avatar
      ssjbrolly -
      Japan has helped the US many many times when natural disasters hit us hard. If you are too stupid to do a little research rather than running your mouth that they didn't help. Japan has always helped and always found way to do so. Yes they didn't send man power to the US, but look who's military, navy, air force is larger? Don't base you idiotic thoughts without thinking. Japan has gotten hit twice as hard with this Tsunami. A city was almost completely wiped out and thousands dead. Now if you don't feel like your money shouldn't go to help, then don't post stupid thoughts. Keep it to yourself. Apply is doing good deed and I am 100% sure they will help sooner or later. When people make donations, no one tries to post it, a little looking around helps. I do agree that Red Cross is taking away from the money they get, but hey, they have to pay people to help. Not to mention, NOTHING is FREE in the USA. I don't think you understand how donations work. Not always your money goes as money to another country in need. You money is used to purchase food, clothes, shelters. I'm not rich, but my few dollars will pile up in the bucket and does good.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I completely agree they are different, but look at it another way. A lot of people are referencing Haiti. Would we expect Haiti to help anyone monetarily in a time of need? Probably not (because it is understood they don't have the resources to spare). The US is LITERALLY spending money they don't have. It's no different than anyone other country spending money that it doesn't have except that, well, it's the US and it has become expected.

      DO NOT GET ME WRONG HERE. I am not advocating that we don't help, but people have made some great points. Healthcare in the US is ridiculous, As are a lot of the schools. They hike up fees, cut instructor salaries, and are then upset by the poor student development. All these cuts and we are still digging ourselves deeper and deeper into debt. In the US's case financial and moral responsibilites often don't mesh.

      I am all for helping countries when you have the resources to help. The problem here is that we literally don't, at least not on the massive scale that we are expected to and ALWAYS DO end up helping. Think of it on a personal level. Say you have $10k credit on your credit cards. Why not go max them out and send the money to Japan, haiti, etc. You are doing a good thing. The money can arguably be used better there than you would use it, right? The reason we don't do that is because it is financially irresponsible. US is doing just that. "Keep on adding it to the tab"...
      There is a very simple idea behind this, very very simple.

      Picture yourself as a politician, faced with the situation we are facing today. Many of you claim you would do the right thing.

      There is just one problem with that.

      There is no right way.


      You have two options: cut programs and save money.

      OR

      Raise taxes.



      As an American which do you like better. The correct answer is neither.
      No politician could possibly hope to clean this up (even a president) if they want to be reelected.


      The wise politician, who wants to keep his popularity and votes up, will keep programs and lower taxes.


      In a $10-30 bil debt, no one really cares if an extra 100,000,000 I'd added on. And no one notices either.

      But the real reason, the simple one, is that politicians think this problem is beyond their years.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Th3_Amazing_Ath3ist View Post
      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
      To say this kindly.... each member has their right to state their opinion but not point fingers even though some may agree and some may not in their statements... however I state what I state so theres no arguments.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      You know... I'm ashamed to be an American sometimes.

      The amount of ignorance, and apathy, that rules our citizenry is disgusting. We have become so judgemental, that even efforts to collect donations are seen as selfish.

      We have many problems here, yes, but what has occurrd in Japan, is many times more devastating than Katrina was. Japan helped us.
      More people have/will die, than 9/11.
      Japan helped us.

      We got "support" from all over the world, a flood of money came crashing into the gulf-coast, and NYC. It was poor management after Katrina, that caused the money to be wasted, rather than effective.

      You cannot blame the other countries that offer help, when our government is the one who dropped the ball. Bush's "FEMA" failed horribly, and that waste continues today. There were "skimmer" ships offered, during the oil-spill, but Obama (in all his insufferable arrogance) said we didn't need them!

      It's not a question of "who helped who?" It's a question of "who needs help now?"

      Japan needs help, their people need help, they are worth saving! Any effort to help is a good one, any honest attempt to collect donations, is a good one. Stop judging those who don't/didn't donate, and lead by example... Even $5, from every iTunes customer would add up to tremendous assistance! That's only 4 songs, or 2 music videos, or maybe a sale movie. I think we can all spare $5.


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    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      The whole point of charity is that we all give something to contribute to the cause as a whole. People at the bottom of the food chain at red cross will get paid nothing while the people at the top will get several hundred thousand dollars. Google their salaries, you'll see.

      The only people who aren't giving are those who are profiting from generous donations.

      Fair enough they should be paid for their expertise but there's a difference between $1500 a month and $15,000+.

      I have always refused to support big charities and only donate to smaller local ones simply because they aren't making themselves rich from peoples donations.

      Lets face it, charities is a real big money earner and easy money for the people who own it. It makes the rich richer and poor poorer.
    1. JobsSucksDroid's Avatar
      JobsSucksDroid -
      Wow thats the best comment u can think of with everything that has happen over there. That is too bad the tsunami couldnt reach ur house. Would do all of us a favor of getting rid of idiots like u and glassjaw.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      You know... I'm ashamed to be an American sometimes.

      The amount of ignorance, and apathy, that rules our citizenry is disgusting. We have become so judgemental, that even efforts to collect donations are seen as selfish.

      We have many problems here, yes, but what has occurrd in Japan, is many times more devastating than Katrina was. Japan helped us.
      More people have/will die, than 9/11.
      Japan helped us.

      We got "support" from all over the world, a flood of money came crashing into the gulf-coast, and NYC. It was poor management after Katrina, that caused the money to be wasted, rather than effective.

      You cannot blame the other countries that offer help, when our government is the one who dropped the ball. Bush's "FEMA" failed horribly, and that waste continues today. There were "skimmer" ships offered, during the oil-spill, but Obama (in all his insufferable arrogance) said we didn't need them!

      It's not a question of "who helped who?" It's a question of "who needs help now?"

      Japan needs help, their people need help, they are worth saving! Any effort to help is a good one, any honest attempt to collect donations, is a good one. Stop judging those who don't/didn't donate, and lead by example... Even $5, from every iTunes customer would add up to tremendous assistance! That's only 4 songs, or 2 music videos, or maybe a sale movie. I think we can all spare $5.


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      You forgot about a game $4.99
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Th3_Amazing_Ath3ist View Post
      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
      So true, it's like those ppl just want to find any way to bash on Apple, its ridiculous! All they did was open a way to donate help to the disaster victims, but somehow it turns to Apple being greedy or selfish when they have no idea whether or not Apple donated.

      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. 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.
      Wow.....

      Quote Originally Posted by ReggieSmith View Post
      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.
      So true!

      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      Just shut up. If they wanted to help they would give the workers a raise
      Lol! How do you know whether Apple gives raises or not??
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      I don't know if Apple has donated and frankly I don't care. This isn't about Apple. This is about helping the people of Japan in any way that we can.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by x98car View Post
      I don't know if Apple has donated and frankly I don't care. This isn't about Apple. This is about helping the people of Japan in any way that we can.
      For a company accused of some serious patent infringements used in their products, I don't trust them enough to give them my money. I'll go through a more reputable donation aid company.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      For a company accused of some serious patent infringements used in their products, I don't trust them enough to give them my money. I'll go through a more reputable donation aid company.
      At least your heart is in the right place...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      For a company accused of some serious patent infringements used in their products, I don't trust them enough to give them my money. I'll go through a more reputable donation aid company.
      That is totally fine and is your choice. Like I said this is about helping the people of Japan, doesn't matter how you choose to help
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      There is a very simple idea behind this, very very simple.

      Picture yourself as a politician, faced with the situation we are facing today. Many of you claim you would do the right thing.

      There is just one problem with that.

      There is no right way.


      You have two options: cut programs and save money.

      OR

      Raise taxes.



      As an American which do you like better. The correct answer is neither.
      No politician could possibly hope to clean this up (even a president) if they want to be reelected.


      The wise politician, who wants to keep his popularity and votes up, will keep programs and lower taxes.


      In a $10-30 bil debt, no one really cares if an extra 100,000,000 I'd added on. And no one notices either.

      But the real reason, the simple one, is that politicians think this problem is beyond their years.
      What good is popularity and votes when your country is going so broke that it will essentially be unable to pay for it's own military and self defense? Do you have any idea what will happen to this country once the military falls apart?

      Despite all the "assistance" we've given to the world we are still the most hated country on the face of the Earth.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      There is a very simple idea behind this, very very simple.

      Picture yourself as a politician, faced with the situation we are facing today. Many of you claim you would do the right thing.

      There is just one problem with that.

      There is no right way.


      You have two options: cut programs and save money.

      OR

      Raise taxes.



      As an American which do you like better. The correct answer is neither.
      No politician could possibly hope to clean this up (even a president) if they want to be reelected.


      The wise politician, who wants to keep his popularity and votes up, will keep programs and lower taxes.


      In a $10-30 bil debt, no one really cares if an extra 100,000,000 I'd added on. And no one notices either.

      But the real reason, the simple one, is that politicians think this problem is beyond their years.
      The answer is: cut the programs!

      We have an over-bloated government, which our people can no longer support. We went from an operating budget of 1.86 trillion, eleven years ago, to over 3 trillion today... And they can't agree on 60 billion?!?

      The deficit is not
      .....60,000,000,000
      It is
      1,293,000,000,000

      That's just what we ADDED to the total debt in one year! ONE YEAR!

      The national debt is around 13.6 trillion. I can't give an absolute number, because the interest is around $75 million an hour.

      The 2010 GDP (estimate in January) was 13.25 trillion, which is 350 billion less than the debt. We now owe more than we are worth, and unless drastic changes are made now, we will find ourselves in another great depression. The need to protect our livelihood outweighs the need to have bike-paths!


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    1. DNAlex's Avatar
      DNAlex -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Despite all the "assistance" we've given to the world we are still the most hated country on the face of the Earth.
      I don't think this is true. I think we are one of the most envied countries in the world.

      Also, when you want to do something altruistic, you just go ahead and do it, and not wait to see if others are doing it or not. Certainly, you don't ask, why do I have to help when that big bad corporation isn't helping. If you do that, it makes your altruistic act altogether selfish.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by DNAlex View Post
      I don't think this is true. I think we are one of the most envied countries in the world.

      Also, when you want to do something altruistic, you just go ahead and do it, and not wait to see if others are doing it or not. Certainly, you don't ask, why do I have to help when that big bad corporation isn't helping. If you do that, it makes your altruistic act altogether selfish.
      Oh there's close to about a dozen countries out there that hate us or in political terms "strongly dislike" us. Mostly because of our foreign policy. China is one of them.....and they possess probably the second-strongest military right behind the United States.

      And I never said I wouldn't donate......I just won't do it through Apple.
    1. capufo's Avatar
      capufo -
      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.
      Just like at Haiti a year after and it looks the same "red cross we have the money we just don't want to use it all at once". That's sad while millions of ppl lost everything ... Nice work red cross