iTunes 12 Days of Christmas – Day 4 – The Redbreast


Don’t miss day 4 of the iTunes – 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Today you can download The Redbreast book by Jo Nesbo at least in the UK store.

We’ve had lots of comments from our readers that they are having real difficulties downloading these freebies, which rather defeats the object. We’ve got a forum set up for you to post your experiences. Check out the quick link to our forums at the bottom of the home page and let us know what’s happening to you when you try to access these, we’ll pass on your comments to Apple.



Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:


  • Denise

    Have not been able to download any of the freebies, but have a Dutch iTunes account. If the freebies are not available outside of the UK, it would have been nicer to have found this out when installing the app. iTunes comes up with different excuses, when trying to download the freebies. For The Redbreast I was notified that “This article is being edited/changed. Please try again later.”
    Little disappointed for receiving an empty gift from iTunes…

  • Lena

    In the danish 12 days of giveaway, I have been able to download the book “The Lion King” today. It must be different in each country?

  • Jeremy

    I havent even been able to download the app as it is imcompatible with my 2nd gen ipod touch even though it was compatible for the past two years

    • Tiger

      @Jeremy Find out what the free object is each day, search for it on Itunes and it will come up free. You can still download the item onto your computer, or you can download it yourself from your iPod. I have the same problem (2nd gen iPod) , but this helps me get around it. 🙂

  • Kamiz

    If you are experiencing problems with the downloads, try changing the “region format”, under “international” in Settings, to match your local country.

  • Carol

    I have not been able to download either here in Canada, with my ipod 4.3….sad.

  • Rus

    Hey, I am in Spain a the moment but have an Irish iTunes account. On my iPad 2, I was offered a gift of the Redbreast which later turned out to be €6.49. While on iPhone 4S (with the same iTunes account) I was offered a free The Lion King book, which turned to be actually free.

  • Geoffrey Bard

    I really want to get this book, but the time it has taken and the number of times I have had to reboot the computer has taken all the fun out of it. This really seems to me a “con”. There must be an easier way to make books available

  • Joanne Carter

    hi Geoff, I would keep trying, as you’re in the UK, it does take quite a while to download this book but it’s worthwhile in the end.

  • William hunter

    I have tried all day to download this book – it is absolutely impossible!!

  • Speesh

    As the above says, the Danish one today was some Lion King rubbish.
    Fortunately, having also a UK account, I could download the Jo Nesbo book (even though a Danish version is available in my local Netto right now) with no problems whatsoever.
    It’s easy to set up accounts in whatever country you like, for the free gifts. Just set up a new account (find an address and postcode first, you don’t need to activate by email, so that can be a fake one) and when you get to the ‘add credit card’, bit, click ‘later’, or whatever it is. It means you can’t buy anything, but you can download the freebies – the US store always has free songs each week (Tuesday) and often free tv shows and of course, free apps.
    In this case, you don’t need the app. Just add the various 12 Days of Christmas’ to your Facebook stream and they’ll even provide you with a handy link, when a new ‘gift’ is available. You just make sure you’ve logged in with the account you have for the country the iTunes store is in, before you click on the link.

  • John Wessel

    I downloaded after setting up an iTunes account. I was reluctant to give credit card details for free download, but I did in the end and downloaded. However I have been unable to read it. Adobe Digital Editions opens the index, but will not display text. I tried converting it to use on my Kindle, but it is DRM protected. If it can only be read on an Apple device then The Times should says so, as I have wasted a lot of time. I could have saved mu self a lot of trouble and bought it for £3.99 from Amazon