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coder8 Calculating status...
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Mar 11, 2010 8:42 AM
The two of us in this household have an iMac, a MacBook Pro, and a MacBook with two ipods between us. We would like to get an iPad when they are released and share this device. What's the best way to consolidate the two existing itunes accounts into a single third account which we could share? Or is there another way?
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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Mar 11, 2010 9:04 AM (in response to coder8)
    By "account", are you referring to iTunes libraries on your computers? Or different iTunes Store accounts?
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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Mar 11, 2010 9:37 AM (in response to coder8)
    But again, which are you asking to merge, the iTunes libraries or the iTunes Store accounts?
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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Mar 11, 2010 10:07 AM (in response to coder8)
    Thanks; I needed to be sure what it was you were asking. Sorry, but it's not possible to merge iTunes Store accounts.

    But that in and of itself shouldn't be a problem; any Apple player can have content from more than one iTunes Store account (as can any iTunes library). What's not possible for some devices, though, is to connect to more than one iTunes library at any given time. That's the case with the iPhone, though I don't believe the same restriction applies to the iPod touch. We'll have to see with the iPad. So you may have to have a single iTunes library from which to sync the iPad, but that library can have content from both of your iTunes Store accounts.

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  • cclboss Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    May 3, 2010 10:57 PM (in response to varjak paw)
    You can sync the library but apps bought with account A cannot be run on an iPad that is syncing with library that is tied to account B.
  • carl.roth Calculating status...
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    Nov 6, 2011 9:05 AM (in response to cclboss)

    I acidentally created a new account for iCloud using my mobile me address. Unfortunately, my itunes account  is different. I have since bought some apps, like Keynote for my iPad using the iCloud account and then had quite a scare when I synched using my other account and then couldn't open the app on my iPad after the synch. Problem is i had created a presentation that i thought had been lost.  I tried various things changing the accounts back and forth on the iPad and on my iMac and i am now able to run Keynote on my iPad and access the presentation i created.  Problem is i changed so many things and synched so many times that I don't know what actually fixed my problem. So what i would like to do is move the one paid app from one account to the other. Is this possible?  I don't think i should have to re-purchase it but so far i haven't been able to get it to show up in iTunes on the other account.  It is on my iPad as i bought it directly from the iPad using the wrong iTunes account.


    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Paul D-P Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 6, 2011 10:01 AM (in response to carl.roth)



    I am not sure what the answer is, but I will describe our setup and how we achieved it.


    We have a MBP, Sony Vaio, 2 iphones and one ipad.

    My wife and I have two different store accounts, and two seperate mobile me accounts not used as the store.


    The vaio is set to use one common set of folders for the itunes library and itunes has been told to organise the files. So if either person is logged in they see the same library. However you may need to rescan the itunes files from time to time to register new apps/music. You then see the apps from the other person appear in your library and can then download them synching to your device.


    What you then find when running updates is that the message sometime will appear saying that you need to login using another apple store login to see the updates for other programs. So you do need to know each others login details or annoy the other person a bit and ask them to login for you.


    Also on your ipad/ipod/iphone you can switch store accounts and ask to see the apps yet to be downloaded to that device and download them there. You can then revert back to your usual account. When you next resynch with itunes that app would be copied into your itunes library but still remain linked to the original account that downloaded it.


    If you want to synchronise libraries between itunes, the easiest way for this is to turn on home sharing. There are options there to automatically copy different files across from the other itunes library or for you to only view items missing from yours. You can then copy manually if you wish. Not sure if this also includes apps as well.


    What we NEVER do is to move a device from one itunes library to another many times. I had looked into this before and it was never recommended as you could end up with duplicate contacts, calendar items etc.


    Note that this does not affect our mobile me accounts at all. They are kept well out of this.


    Hope that helps.


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