Apple mentioned earlier today that they are more than ready to bring iTunes Allowances to an end this coming 25th of May, for the very simple fact that the program has more or less been made obsolete no thanks to the different iTunes features out there. As of today, many people are no longer able to create a new Allowance, according to Apple in a support document as well as emails that have been sent out to customers.
Having said that, once the 25th of May has passed, all Allowances – and this is non-negotiable, will be canceled, in addition to whatever credit you have left in primary iTunes accounts. Such an Allowances system would allow parents to deposit money automatically into a child’s iTunes account every month, which would be a method o helping children control their spending. This helps to teach them responsibility, as they figure out how they would like to allocate their resources according to their preferences.
With Family Sharing in vogue, Allowances have more or less ended up as redundant. Family Sharing is a feature that rolled out with iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and iTunes 12, as it enables a parent to purchase content by themselves, before sharing it with the rest of the family, or to approve a child’s spending before being billed.