5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2009 10:30 AM by Steve M.
Greg929 Level 1 (0 points)
My daughters have iPods. I used my computer and my iTunes account to download music onto their iPods. They received their own computers for Christmas and I am now seeing the errors of my way with using my account for their music.

Here is what I want to do:
- Set up iTune accounts for my daughters
- Transfer the music purchased under my account to their accounts

I do not want access to this music on my account, I have no intrest in the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus. I just want these purchases transfered to a different account. How do I do this?

Dell Optiplex, Windows 7
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,815 points)
    If you're referring to iTunes Store accounts, you cannot transfer an item from one iTunes Store account to another. So for any items that still carry copy protection - older tracks that weren't replaced by iTunes Plus versions, most videos and all movies - your daughter's computers would need to be authorized to your iTunes Store account as well as to their own iTunes Store accounts. But you can copy the content to each daughter's computer and get it out of your iTunes library. See:

    iTunes for Windows: How to copy purchases between authorized computers

  • Steve M. Level 5 (4,740 points)
    I'm sorry to piggyback on this thread, but I have a similar situation that I couldn't really phrase into a new topic easily.

    Same here, I have my old established iTunes account and have allowed my son to use it for his iTunes music purchases and iPod touch apps. Of course the library is now heavily weighted in favor of my son's music and apps. I am getting a new iMac shortly to replace this G4 and thought now would be a good time to figure out how to handle iTunes going forward.

    I intend to move all of our familial iTunes library to the new iMac. What are my choices, if any, for breaking it apart into my iTunes and my son's iTunes? Since we'll be on one computer instead of him having his own, could I just make a user account for him and allow him to continue to use the family iTunes account? Would this allow him to have a separate library of his own so I could get his items out of mine? I guess at some point the solution will be to just let him establish his own iTunes account. Can we have multiple iTunes accounts on one Mac?

    I'll be happy to start a new thread if need be.

    Steve M.
  • Greg929 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your help, I can’t say I really like the answer and I think this is an obvious flaw in iTunes. It does not seem unreasonable that they would be able to allow you to transfer music to another account. It would be the same as if I had purchased a CD and no longer wanted it and gave it to someone else. There must be a great number of individuals in the same situation all of whom are dealing with the same frustrations. I find it hard to believe there is any sort of software issues that would prevent Apple from allowing this, so I can only ask what is their motivation for this flaw? Apple should fix this.
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,815 points)
    Hello, Steve,

    Yes, please do start a new thread. It's more considerate of the original poster here and will be more likely to get your question the attention it deserves.
  • Steve M. Level 5 (4,740 points)
    Will do. Thanks Dave.

    Steve M.