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iTunes automatic downloads restricted to one user per computer?

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  • richardfromwaterlooville Calculating status...

    I've just been victim of another scenario, my son has grown up buying his music on my Apple ID account for years - not unreasonable, as kids of course don't have credit cards.


    My son then goes to Uni, creates his own Apple ID so he can buy his own stuff. realizes when he gets there that much of his old music is on my account. comes home to download it, inadvertantly signs in to his account with his new ID and voila, myself and the rest of the family are locked out of auto downloads for 90 days i.e. are treated like thieves by Apple.


    We are trying to play by the rules Apple, your process around Apple IDs has been very poorly thought through.

  • PatrickL Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    Just discovered this ridiculous issue. My wife and I share our computer, while each of us has our own iPhone. We have separate user accounts on the computer, and we share the iTunes library. When I am logged in, I buy iTunes music using my account; when she's logged in, she uses her iTunes account.


    I turned on Automatic Downloads on my iTunes account. When I went to turn on Automatic Downloads for her iTunes account, I was told I could not do that, and that if I wanted to do that I would have to wait 90 days to do so.


    This is obscene. Is there a way to escalate this issue so that someone outside of our consumers-with-issues caste actually reads this? It's nice to vent to others having this issue, but is there a way to get someone with an email address to even care? It's funny that they'll respond within 1.3 seconds if I use profanity (****!), but they could care less that their products are plagued by arbitrary restrictions that do nothing except waste my Saturday afternoon having to pound out this diatribe.


    Now that I've actually cussed, go ahead and remove this post--but at least acknowledge that this is at least on the Radar bug-tracking system used internally at Apple. A 'Yes'--heck, even a 'Maybe'--would work for me at this point.

  • Richfromwaterlooville Calculating status...

    Totally agree with you Patrick. The responses to my complaint to Apple was just full of mere platitudes. It would me appreciated by myself and the others on this thread if we could at least get an acknowledgement that these comments are being seen or directed to the people who manage the Apple ID process.

  • balupton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Totally agree with Patrick. However the fate is that these are community forums, which apple does not give a **** about.

  • pasiphae Calculating status...

    I have the same symptom for a similar scenario.  I just submitted an iTunes Store Customer Support request with the following:


    Issue: I am not authorised/allowed to download songs I have previously purchased.



    My friend doesn't have a computer so I created an iTunes library for him on my new MacBook Air.

    He logged in to his iTunes Store account and we setup Automatic Downloads to download his songs into his iTunes library and then his phone.

    Then, on the MacBook Air, I switched back to my iTunes Store account and wanted to download my previously purchased songs from the iCloud into my local iTunes library.  However, I was presented with a non-negotiable error message saying that I can't do that for another 90 days.


    We each have a local iTunes library on my MacBook Air; we each connect to the iTunes Store legitimately; yet only one of us can download our music from the iCloud.  This is not right, as you're withholding my purchases for no reason.  I want my songs for which I have paid you.  In fact, we both want our songs.


    What can be done about this?






    I'll let you guys know what I receive.

  • christovaughan Calculating status...

    This issue has obviouslly gone on for at least six months and so far not a peep from Apple that this is even a concern or that there is any plan to fix it. This is so infuriating that it really turns me off from using the iTunes store to buy anything. Ease of use and freedom from annoying issues like this is why I started using Apple for music/books/movies. I can just as easily go elsewhere. I want to hear from Apple about whether they consider this a problem and if they are going to do anything about it. If not, I want to hear why not. I don't see why a computer with multiple legitimate users couldn't be associated with multiple AppleIDs.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)

    christovaughan wrote:


    I want to hear from Apple about whether they consider this a problem and if they are going to do anything about it. If not, I want to hear why not.

    If you expect them to answer you, you should ask them.


  • Johnny Turnbull Calculating status...

    Just hit this issue myself - it's infuriating! I'm prevented from getting access to music I've purchased - this sounds almost illegal, if not immoral, by Apple to have the auto-download restriction on a Mac to one Apple ID. 


    We've got a multi-user computer (an iMac) but only one of us can use all the features that are provided. Fortunately, I set up my wife's account first - my life wouldn't be worth living if she had to wait 90 days! 

  • Gregg Green1 Calculating status...

    Me too. Since this seems to be a restriction on the computer maybe if I use another computer to download all past purchases and burn everything to a disk and then import all the music into my main computer and then use iTunes Match to have the music linked to my main account - then maybe I can have all the music I purchased legally!!!!

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)

    Gregg Green1 wrote:


    Me too. Since this seems to be a restriction on the computer maybe if I use another computer to download all past purchases

    This thread is about Automatic downloads meaning when you purchase something on your iPhone, it will download automatically on your computer.

    Why not just use your regular computer to download past purchases?

    In iTunes, select the iTunes store then click Purchased on the right side under Quick links.

  • pasiphae Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    As promised, here is the response from iTunes Support.  It isn't encouraging and provides no way for more than one iTunes user to download their purchases on a single computer.


    Read from the bottom up.

    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Johnny Turnbull Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not only is it not encouraging, it's barely readable. Appalling grammar from Apple guy.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)

    pasiphae wrote:


    provides no way for more than one iTunes user to download their purchases on a single computer.

    Your statement above is incorrect.

    This thread and your email are discussing ONLY automatic downloads (as noted in my previous post, just before yours).

    It is very simple to download purchased music from multiple users on the same computer and was noted in the repsonse from Apple you posted a link to.

    Log in to the iTunes store and click Purchased on the right side.

    All purchases made by that user are shown and available to download.

  • madisonfromauburn Calculating status...

    Chris CA, I'm trying to download like you said and still can't.  I haven't used automatic downloads, just clicked the link and download all.

  • Johnny Turnbull Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, but think pasiphae is actually correct.


    I don't believe you can download even manually to multiple Apple IDs on the same computer. One only per 90 days will be allowed.

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