Who gets your iTunes when you’re dead? How to pass on music collections, Nectar Points and more

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If this was an iTunes library, it could just vanish

We’re splashing increasing amounts of cash on digital products like music, TV shows and films.

The average iTunes user spends $48 (£31.47) every year, according to one estimate. If we did that every year from 2001, when iTunes started, we’d have forked out £440.63.

But while in the past music lovers could pass on their record collection, our digital rights are far less clear.

Emma Myers, from Saga Legal Services, said: “Many people use the internet to download films, music and TV shows.

“What you may not realise is that you are sometimes not paying to own the content in a real sense, more that you are paying for a licence to use it during your lifetime.”

So how DO you preserve your iTunes collection for the next generation?

Thinking of times past

We asked Saga for the rules:

Share your Apple ID

Currently, you cannot get Apple to delete an account. But if your loved ones have access to your Apple ID and password they can edit the personal information.

The family can click here to manage the Apple ID. Once they’ve signed in, they can change the name of the account and the address.

In effect they create a new account and have access to anything the deceased downloaded. Include the personal information of the intended beneficiary to avoid any problems.

They can also contact customer services on 0844 209 0611 or 0800 107 6285.

Dealing with a digital legacy

If someone dies, they can leave behind a large amount of unfinished business online. Some of it will be entirely personal. In other cases there may be sums of money held in online accounts.

Don't let a sale go unfinished

Send eBay a copy of the death certificate along with the deceased member’s username, e-mail address, full name, full address, and contact phone number.

eBay also ask for a record of the person making the account closure request. This could be a copy of a driving licence of passport.

Once eBay receives this information, they will close the account and write off any outstanding fees. The account can only be closed when the balance is £0.

Only got Nectar Points? Probably not the favourite child

To inherit Nectar points, the legal heir or executor must call 0344 811 0811 with the deceased’s name and date of birth.

If the balance stands at more than 40,000 points, written confirmation from the executor of the Will must be provided, by post to: Freepost RRXL-TGET-CGZX, Nectar, Clipper Boulevard, Dartford, DA2 6QB.

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Don't gamble with your legacy

Send a copy of the death certificate to kyc@betfair.com along with the deceased’s name. The next of kin will receive any remaining funds in the account.

Send the deceased;’s death certificate and information to support@paddypower.com. Ask that the outstanding balance be returned to the estate.

E-mail customerhelp@williamhill.co.uk with a copy of the death certificate and proof that the person claiming the funds is related to the deceased. For example show the same surname, or a birth or marriage certificate.

Customer services will close the account and transfer the remaining balance.

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The ticket to untold riches?

Send the Oyster card number and a copy of the death certificate to enquiry.tube@tfl.gov.uk.

To close the account, the estate executor should fax the following to 0870 730 3194:

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