Got it working!!! Still not sure why my many attempts never showed a “none” billing option when attempting to create an ID several different ways. Also as I described above, if you create an ID from an Apple web page without any billing info you can’t download something free to select the “none” billing option.
Anyway, I went step by step through the support page on this to create a new ID using a different email address as the ID. The 17 steps were unclear and/or wrong in some places. For posterity’s sake I am providing my modifications to support.apple.com/kb/HT2534.
Make sure you have the current version of the iTunes application installed on your PC.
Creating an account on a computer
Skip to step 3.1.
Click iTunes Store (on the left side of the iTunes window), and pick your country by clicking the appropriate country flag located in the bottom-right corner of the main iTunes Store page.
Navigate to the App Store by clicking on App Store from the top navigation bar.
Important: Before proceeding to the next step, you must download and install a free application. To find a free application, navigate to the Top Charts column on the right side of the App Store window. Scroll down until you see the list of Free Apps. Select any application by clicking on it. Then, click Free App underneath the application icon.
3.1 Go here http://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/free-apps/ for free apps.
3.2 Click on any App Icon graphic to go to the iTunes Preview page.
3.3 Click on the “View in iTunes” button below the App Icon graphic. This will take you to the App Store within the iTunes PC app with your selected free app.
3.4 Click on the “Free” button below the App Icon graphic.
In the pop-up window, click Create Apple ID.
You are directed to the “Welcome to the iTunes Store” screen. Click Continue.
You’ll need to read and agree to the iTunes Store Terms & Conditions. Make sure you select the checkbox next to “I have read and agree to these terms and conditions.”
Enter your email address, create your password, continue to create and answer your security questions, and then enter your birthday.
You can also enter an optional rescue email address. If you frequently change email addresses, this is recommended.
Once you are satisfied with the information entered, click Continue.
Select None as the payment type.
12.Continue to fill out the required name and address fields.
12.1 Click “Create Apple ID”.
Go to 13.1.
- You’ll then see a “Verify your Account” screen. Click Done, and then check your email for a verification email from iTunes Store.
13.1. You’ll then see a “Verify your Account” screen.
13.2. Check for a verification email and click the “Verify Now” link in the email.
13.3. You will be taken to a My Apple ID web page. Enter your email and password and click “Verify Address”.
13.4 The My Apple ID page should say “Email Address Verified” and have a “Return to Store” button.
13.5. You’ll then see the “Congratulations” screen. Click Start Shopping to be taken to the iTunes App Store home page.
13.6. Not sure if required, but I downloaded a free song by clicking on the “Free on iTunes” link under Quick Links on the right of the page; then click on “Free” button below a free song to download.
13.7. Go to step 666.
Open the email, and click the link enclosed in the email to activate your account.
Once you click on the link, the Apple ID website should ask you to sign in with your account name and password.
After signing in, you should see that your email address is associated with your Apple ID. A
button labeled “Return to the Store” should appear.
Once you sign in, you’ll then see the below “Congratulations” screen. Click Start Shopping to be taken to the App Store home page.
I think I’ll go take a nap now.