2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2010 12:52 PM by tonydenson
tonydenson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there any solution to the following conundrum -
As I understand it a number of family members (5?) can share the same itunes account, and only need purchase an item once for all to have access to it. I am in the situation where I would like to give my daughter and granddaughter access to my iTunes account for purchasing content (music and apps) but not to other things that I use the same login credentials for (MobileMe, these forums, AppleStore purchases, my Developer account etc. etc.).
I assume the only way I can achieve this is to set up a brand new iTunes account, which I also use for my own purchases. The real problem I see with this however is when it comes to things like updates for apps, one needs to remember which account the original app was purchased through, otherwise there is the danger of purchasing it twice. This is actually very easy to do because when you download an app you have already purchased it doesn't tell you it's free until the very last dialogue by which time it's too late if it actually is a new purchase by mistake. I've done this several times already because I have both a UK and US iTunes account.
Any other way round my problem ?

13" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Sorry, but if you want everyone to purchase through the same iTunes Store account, you use the same credentials for the iTunes Store as for your other services, and don't want your family to have that information, opening up a new iTunes Store account will be your only alternative. You'll just have to deal with the headache of having more than one account for app purchases and updates and authorizations.

    Regards.
  • tonydenson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dave Sawyer wrote:
    Sorry, but if you want everyone to purchase through the same iTunes Store account, you use the same credentials for the iTunes Store as for your other services, and don't want your family to have that information, opening up a new iTunes Store account will be your only alternative. You'll just have to deal with the headache of having more than one account for app purchases and updates and authorizations.

    Regards.


    That's what I expected thanks. It's probably going to be cheaper for me to open another iTunes account and live with the fact that we occasionally buy the same thing twice.
    In actual fact, thinking about this there is no problem on the odd occasion switching their iPhone or iPad to my account for a one-off download of something I already have, so I suppose there isn't really a problem.

    Message was edited by: tonydenson