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AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Maybe this is a stupid question but if the kids each have iTunes gift cards, would it be best for them to load them on their iPhone and purchase the songs and THEN sync to iTunes? The reason I ask is because they are going to want to make sure they use their own money separately to get the songs they want but then once they are synced, they'll share certain ones. If they were to put the gift card onto the iTunes account, then it wouldn't be separated as to whose money is being used, would it?
  • 1. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)
    You redeem iTunes gift cards using "your" iTunes account. If they have separate iTunes accounts, iTunes will keep everything straight by account. If they share the same iTunes account, then both gift cards will be combined in that account. If you want them to keep everything separate, then they need separate accounts.
  • 2. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There you are again..... you responsed to my other car audio question. You seem pretty knowledgeable!

    So, I didn't want to get too indepth with the questions earlier but what you said for this one brings me back to another post that I saved for future reference. We will have 4 iphones on the same computer but want to use the same itunes account so that we can share the music. If I understand the previous answer correctly, if we have 4 different profiles on the computer, then when we sign in to the itunes account from our own computer profile, it will keep things separate?? I am a bit confused about all of that because I haven't officially done much with itunes. I did start it up and transferred all our music to the library but haven't synced anything yet. I will be doing that with one of the phones this weekend just to try to figure it all out. I figured I would need to call AT&T and get more help with it.

    But as far as the individual itunes accounts, I don't think I want that because then they won't be able to share music right? That's why I was thinking that it would be best to just put their gift card directly on the phone and purchase from there and then sync.... so their gift cards would be kept separate.

    I may be making this "too dificult". That's why I figured I would need to call someone while I'm actually in front of that computer working on it with the phone.
  • 3. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    If you share the itunes account, then all of the cards will be credited to the same itunes account. They will not be separated.

    The cards are redeemed to an itunes account, not a device.

    You can share your itunes library among different users. Type "Share itunes library" into the search bar at the top of this screen next to "Support".

    Each user can make their own playlists so that the music they like will be easily accessible.
  • 4. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)
    Here's the deal, you can sync as many devices(iPhones, iPods & iPads) as you want to the same iTunes account, there is no limit. You can have the same content on each device or different content, the choice is yours. iTunes will get everything straight, by device, upon subsequent syncs. It makes things easier, if you give each device its own unique name, i.e.-Sam's iPhone, Jane's iPhone, etc., to keep things straight, by device.

    Since you only have one iTunes account, even if you give each child their own iTunes gift card, the total amount of all the gift cards will be combined under that one account. Does that make sense to you? When you sync, the iTunes account info, the account you are logged into in iTunes, is synced to the phone. The only way to keep each child's "gift card" separate from each other would be to have individual accounts.
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    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So you can have one itune account but "different users" listed on the account? I hope that's what you're saying. Like I said, I probably will understand it more once I start syncing.... it's just that I don't want to do something the wrong way and get all 4 people's music (and contacts and apps!) mixed up and then learn that there was an easier way all along.

    So it still sounds like if they want to use their own gift card, they should load it onto their phone and buy the music using wi-fi connection and then sync to the itunes? OR are you saying that you still can't keep them separate that way? Does maybe the phone make you go to itunes right there and log-in to load that gift card? And that way it would all be lumped together?
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    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry wjosten..... you posted at the same time as I was responding to the other person. Yes, I think what you just said makes very good sense. Thanks!
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    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    "So you can have one itune account but "different users" listed on the account? "

    You can have different users on your computer. They can all share the same itunes library and account.

    "OR are you saying that you still can't keep them separate that way?"

    Yes. You cannot keep them separate. When you redeem a card it credits the account.
  • 8. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)
    You're welcome.
  • 9. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "Yes. You cannot keep them separate. When you redeem a card it credits the account."

    Well, looks like we'll have to keep a handwritten account of who spends what because if you know kids... you'll know that they want to be sure they get their "fair share"!
  • 10. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "You can have different users on your computer. They can all share the same itunes library and account"

    So is it even necessary to log in to the shared itunes account from your own individual computer profile? Wouldn't naming the devices to keep them separate be sufficient?
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    Matthew Smith Level 5 Level 5 (6,780 points)
    I am not sure how old your children are but you should consider that eventually they will be older and want to manage their own iTunes library, iTunes account and have their own computer. It may be worthwhile setting them up with their own iTunes library and iTunes account now, under their own computer user accounts (profile). You can easily manage the sharing of the content between these libraries.
  • 12. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You have a good point Matthew. They are 14 and 16 and we only have the one computer right now. I'd hate to go to all this trouble just to have to redo it in a couple years though (or whenever). I just thought it was better this way in order to be able to share their music. If I set up separate accounts (and they use their own computer profiles), would it be hard to figure out how to share between accounts? I would really love to have separate accounts so they can keep their gift cards separate but the sharing thing kinda throws me a bit. But like I said, I haven't messed around with itunes yet to see how it all works. I just like to know these things beforehand so I don't mess something up and then have to figure out how to fix it.
  • 13. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)
    Sharing of iTunes content is built into iTunes, its called "Home Sharing". You are permitted under the EUSLA to share iTunes content among 5 authorized computers/family members in the same household. Requires separate computers:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3819

    If you don't have separate computers, post back & I'll give you detailed instructions on how to share content among different iTunes accounts on the same computer.
  • 14. Re: iTunes gift cards....
    AngieS. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, we don't have separate computers but could possibly this time next year. If you could give me a very simple explanation on how to share between individual accounts, I'd love to hear it. I'll be setting these all up probably the day after Christmas so I'll save your info until then. I will be setting up one of the phones this weekend (because it's not a replacement - it's a new number) and will be practicing with this one I guess. The others (3 of them) are Christmas gifts and I can't do anything with them until they are unwrapped so that they won't get tipped off.
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