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How to share content across a whole family?

321 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 30, 2012 5:46 AM by Limnos RSS
David Wilkie Calculating status...
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Oct 30, 2012 5:29 AM

I know there are other threads related to this, but I'm really trying to understand how to manage iTunes DRM, Home Sharing, Match, etc., across my family's ecosystem of Macs, iPhones, iPods and iPads. I seem to think the following apply:


- up to 5 "computers" (does this mean OSX devices but not iOS devices?) can share DRM content


- up to 10 "devices" can share Match content (presume this means content I've uploaded, not Apple DRM content I've purchased in iTunes Store)


So here's what I am trying to figure out:


1. Let's say we have 5 "computers" that are running OSX (iMac and 4 Macbooks), can then all of our iOS devices -- iPads (2), iPhones (2) and iPod Touches (3) -- have the same DRM content on them? So if I purchased the movie "Monsters Inc" from the iTunes Store, can it be in iTunes on all 5 OSX devices plus any of the 7 iOS devices I wish to have it on?


2. If the answer is "NO" to #1, can I selectively apply where the content goes to stay within the maximums? For example, let's say I have "Monsters Inc" on some of the devices and the movie "Cars" on others such that, while I have more devices accessing my DRM content, no one DRM item (movie, song, etc.) is across more than is allowed?


3. Lastly, if we add a 6th OSX "computer" then I presume to add an DRM content it would have to be re-purchased under a separeate iTunes account? Or, said another way, there's really no way to have more than 5 computers on the same iTunes account?


I am hoping Apple is making this all easy to do as they ask all of us to buy more of their products, but without the ability to access DRM content on new devices like iPad Mini, there's really no reason to buy one.


Thanks for any help


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