Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 6:01 AM (in response to Japple68)
A long time ago, which iTunes account you used to make purchases was important due to the DRM that Apple used at the time. Now that most music on the iTunes Store is DRM-free the distinction of which account was used to purchase the music is irrelevant. Songs can be copied freely to as many computers and devices that you own.
Movies and TV shows, however, are not all DRM free. They have Apple's FairPlay DRM embedded. What does this mean for you? Probably not much. You can authorize up to five computers to play a video file downloaded from either of your iTunes accounts. iTunes itself keeps track of the associations and, if you change devices in the future, it's very easy to dissociate your accounts in the iTunes Store.
Let me give you an example of how this works. Let's say my wife buys a CD and a movie from iTunes and I want it on my computer in my library too. First thing I need to do is copy the files to my machine and add them to my iTunes library (File --> Add to Library, I believe). When I try to play the music, they'll work immediately, no more configuration required. When I try to play the movie, however, iTunes will ask me to associate my computer with my wife's Apple ID (if I haven't already done so in the past). To associate my computer, all I need to do is enter her Apple ID and password into the dialog box that pops up and I'm good to go. Now I can play that file in my iTunes on my computer without any trouble. I can also download it to my iOS devices (iPad, iPod, iPhone) seamlessly.
An Apple TV is different than the other iOS devices in that its primary purpose is to stream files from computers, other iOS devices, or the iTunes Store directly. The Apple ID that you associate with your Apple TV is only relevant to the purchases you make from the iTunes Store and if you turn on Home Sharing. But both you and your wife can stream files to your Apple TV from your iOS devices. Make sure that AirPlay is enabled on your Apple TV and your iPads. Then select the Apple TV you want to stream to from your iPad and you should be good to go.
My wife and I have a similar environment to the one you describe and have no trouble viewing or using content on any of our devices (including computers).
Best of luck!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 8:51 AM (in response to Fightin\' Engineer)
Thanks for that. You're the first person I've come across that's been able to confirm that what we're experiencing isn't unique. It comes me some comfort to purchase a few more things.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to Japple68)
Where's the edit button gone?
Thanks for that. You're the first person I've come across that's been able to confirm that what we're experiencing isn't unique. It gives me some comfort to purchase a few more things.
More Like This
- Retrieving data ...
- This solved my question - 10 points
- This helped me - 5 points