An Easy Way to Distribute Paid iTunes Content
Use our App Gifting API to distribute any type of digital content in the Apple iTunes store (iPhone/iPad/Mac apps, iTunes music, movies, and ebooks) for your promotional marketing campaigns, rewards programs and incentive programs.
We regret to announce that we have made the very difficult decision to shut down this API. We've concluded that there isn't enough demand to sustain our existing business model. We believe that the unique technology behind this API is better suited for an acquirer that can enhance it's existing core business offerings by adding the ability to programmatically purchase and distribute digital content.
We are currently entertaining offers to acquire this technology. Any acquisition will include direct technical consultation from our developers to help the acquirer achieve a successful integration.
This service will be terminated in the near future. As of this notice, we have removed our transaction fees so that the API can be used for evaluation purposes. Only the cost of items purchased will be deducted from your deposit balance for each completed transaction.
Thank you for your support. Please direct any questions or concerns to us via the contact form below.
- Given.to Team
Use mobile apps in ways that you've never imagined
As GiftsCreate applications that give users the ability to purchase apps for their friends. Your user makes a purchase on your site. Your site calls our API. The recipient gets a download link via SMS or Email.
As IncentivesPeople are more likely to do what you want them to do when you bribe them. Increase conversions by offering free copies of today's hottest apps, songs, and other digital content.
As RewardsRunning a contest is a great way to engage your customer base. Reward lucky winners with inexpensive yet valuable apps, songs, and ebooks. Leave the fulfillment to us.
How it Works
- First, signup to create your Given API account
- Make a prepaid deposit of any amount in our client portal
- Use our API documentation to build your integration
- Make calls to our API using your OAuth Key & Secret
You'll include the app ID or track ID of the item you want to distribute when calling our API. We can generate a single redeem link at a time or hundreds of links in bulk.View API documentation »
Recipient clicks redeem link
Once visited, recipients are redirected to the App Store to redeem their gift.
Recipient logs into the App Store
Recipients enter their ID and password on the App Store just like a normal app purchase.
App is redeemed from the App Store
At this point, the redemption is complete and the item begins downloading.
App begins installing
Seconds after receiving the redeem link, the app is installed and ready for use.
Info for Developers
Compatibility & Performance
- REST endpoints
- JSON output
- Real-time purchases
- Cloud-hosted, scalable
- Bulk requests supported
- Send hundreds of requests per second
We've incorporated a few developer-friendly features to make integration a pleasant experience.
- Recurring Deposits - Setup a recurring payment to maintain your deposit balance
- Webhooks - We'll POST messages back to your servers to notify you of redemptions
- Request Lookup - A special API endpoint to help you check the status of your requests
What can I use this API for?
App MarketingDevelopers can give away a limited number of free copies of their new paid app to generate some buzz
App GiftingAllow paid users to give a free copy of your app to one of their friends creating a viral effect
Reward Loyal UsersLet your users use in-game currency or points to buy other paid apps that you've created
Reward In-App AchievementsGive users a free iTunes playlist when they log 3 miles of running per day for 60 days
App DiscountsSell your app for free or for a discounted price on your own site without lowering the App Store price
Incentivized OffersTry a new product or service and get a free copy of one of today's hottest mobile apps
Greeting CardsInclude a digital gift along with digital or physical greeting cards for birthdays or holidays
Lead CaptureOffer conusmers a free app, song, or ebook in exchange for their contact information
"App of the Week" Cards
For years, a popular coffee shop chain has been running a simple, yet exclusive promotional campaign that incentivizes their customer base to come back into their stores every week. They did this without discounting their products.
How? They gave out free copies of paid iPhone apps. A new app each week redeemable by entering a unique code printed on the back of a card.
With Given.to, your business can run a similar promotion with QR code cards that are even easier to redeem! We'll print and ship the cards to you on a weekly basis. We can even customize the cards with your logo on the front.
AppRaffle is a simple mashup of Twitter's API and our App Gifting API. It's an automated raffle that gives away a free copy of a new iOS app each week. It tweets to announce what app it's giving away and then collects "retweets" of its own tweets as raffle entries. At the end of each week, AppRaffle selects a random winner and sends them a redeem link via "Direct Message".
Our AppRaffle serves as an example of the fun, engaging promotions and campaigns that can be created using digital content.
Contact the Given.to team to learn more about us, our API, and how we can best serve your needs using the form below.