, GoddersUK wrote

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Isn't that fairly meaningless though? IIRC every owner of an iDevice (at least iPod, iPhone,iPad) has to activate it with a credit card before they can use it, regardless as to whether or not they subscribe to anything Apple provides. I'm annoyed enough when a company that had good cause to require my card details (I paid for something) stores them indefinitely - let alone when they don't really need them in the first place. Yet another reason to hate that company.

Mmmm, no. You need an account to activate the device, but you don't need to give them your card details until you actually buy something. And since he stressed the word 'active' then I imagine they discount cards that aren't in regular use (depending on how Apple defines 'regular').