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Sharing an iPad (Last straw if true)

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JeremyR Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Mar 19, 2013 7:38 PM

So I am an Apple super user. my wife and I have:

 

  • 27" iMac
  • 15" new MBP
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad 3 64 3G
  • a bunch of iPods

 

My wife has the iPhone 5, and her own iTunes account. The iPad is on my account. She bought an book the other day in iBooks, and asked me "can I read my book on the iPad"?

 

I said "sure" and tried to do something I have done in the past. Logout my account, log hers in, go to iBooks and sync. However this time when I did it, it said if I sync, it will not be able to you the apps from my last account for 90 days.

 

I assume this is some anti-theft thing that has been added to iOS.

 

My question is how do I allow her to read the book she bought from Apple, on the iPad she owns, that we bought from Apple.

 

If the answer is "you can't without buying the book under my account", I am going to be very unhappy.

 

Thanks in advance,

Jeremy

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,275 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 7:50 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    I will make you unhappy. Content is tied to the Apple ID. And iPads were created to be single user devices used by adults, so there is no support for multiple accounts with different content or levels of access.

     

    An alternative.....maybe you can check hte e-book out from your local library and read it that way without buying another copy?

  • timothy.a.clifton Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 7:52 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    Jeremy ya this is a feature thats been around for awhile has to do with authorizations. You can call apple care and see if they can make and exception and remove that block. An apple id is limited to 10 devices to download content to then 5 computers (itunes libraries). Or you can chat iTunes store support via expresslane.apple.com. Heres some more information you can read up on too about your apple id and authorizations http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4627.

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 8:17 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    The account would have easlly synced with the iPad. The iPad however would have then blocked my account for 3 months if I did so.

    You can easily log out of your itunes account on your iPad and log into your wifes and download the content she owns.

    Later you can log back into your account.

    Settings -> iTunes & App Stores

    Click the Apple ID, choose log out, thenlog into the other account.

     

    Not ideal, but it works fine.

     

    I am not sure what this 3 month block is all about?

    Never seen this myself.

     

    I am not a fan of being treated like a criminal.

    I am not sure why this is treating you like a criminal?

    A bit dramatic wouldn't you say.

    iOS does not have multiple user accounts, but please do ask for it from Apple.

    If more people ask then they may start it.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

     

    Seems like the kind of thing Steve Jobs would have squashed.

    I think this is exaclt what Steve wanted.

    A simple system that one user is logged in to.

    He loved locked down systems, so this is his idea I think.

     

    Have you considered a family iTunes account?

    We have one and it works great, just get rid of automatic downloads to devices and you can share apps happily.

     

    Oh well, times change. I might buy the Galexy S4 and play with it, to see if this is the time to change.

    And then you will lose all your content and have to re buy it all anyway.

    Again, sounds a bit to dramatic and unrealistic.

    If you have the cash to drop on getting a Galaxy for kicks then you could fork out $10 for a book for the missus.

     

    BTW the Kindle app can also log you in and out of accounts and download books.

    There are ways to share apps and media between iOS devices, you just haven't tried.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,275 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    I was just going to suggest what was suggested above, try the Kindle app instead of iBooks. Kindle brags about how you can access your books on multiple devices. Would at least eliminate the sharing issue. (and bonus points for you, apple wouldn't get the money from your transaction, amazon would)

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 8:26 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    Well this surprises me, I just tried and had no issues.

     

    So very weird.

    If that is the case then Apple should have multiuser accounts on iOS devices.

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 8:27 PM (in response to Skydiver119)

    Skydiver119 wrote:

    apple wouldn't get the money from your transaction, amazon would)

    Apple gets a cut from every purchase from apps on your device.

    They even get a cut from Amazon with in iOS purchases!

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 8:32 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    Ah, yeah I turn off automatic downloads, maybe that is the key.

     

    That is annpoying anyway, as it would instantly fill your iPad with her apps (assuming she has many you don't).

     

    So yes if you have "automatic downloads", or iTunes Match then you cannot easily switch accounts.

    Neither of which I use.

     

    I learned something today!

  • Kiwiphone4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,425 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 8:40 PM (in response to JeremyR)

    I don't have automatic downloads or iTunes Match. I got that message when I hit the Sync button in iBooks.

     

    I am guessing the sync button will do that.

     

    You can circumvent this by going into the bookstore, then press the 'purchased' button bottom left.

    And redownloading the book again individually.

    Well I assume so as this is how I transfer app purchases, one by one.

     

    Again to stop being flooded by apps I don't want.

     

    Just tried and it works for me.

     

    Still, I see your point.

    I think Apple is trying to stop theft of apps, and books with an easy log out / log in procedure.

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