7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2012 6:08 AM by ed2345
imalik1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another?

  • 1. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)

    That is often asked here, but it is not possible.  All items purchased from the iTunes Store are permanently associated with the account from which they were originally purchased.  The information is embedded in each file as well as in the Purchase History for the account.

  • 2. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    Delmar Ford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Don't agree. I have two accounts, one for work which I set up years ago and bought a few tracks. I've recently bought iPhone and iPad and created a home ID and wanted to transfer the old purchaces. Everyone says it can't be done, but I've done it.

    1. on the iPhone/iPad change your "store" Apple ID to the one you want ot transfer from.

    2. go into iTune on the device and download the purchaces.

    3. on you PC/Mac change the iTunes login to the same as the device's ID

    4. sync your device

    5. change both ID's back and the purchaces stay on both iTunes and your device.

  • 3. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)

    Delmar Ford wrote:

     

    Don't agree. I have two accounts, one for work which I set up years ago and bought a few tracks. I've recently bought iPhone and iPad and created a home ID and wanted to transfer the old purchaces. Everyone says it can't be done, but I've done it.

    1. on the iPhone/iPad change your "store" Apple ID to the one you want ot transfer from.

    2. go into iTune on the device and download the purchaces.

    3. on you PC/Mac change the iTunes login to the same as the device's ID

    4. sync your device

    5. change both ID's back and the purchaces stay on both iTunes and your device.

     

    Delmar,

     

    The procedure you describe is putting content from two different IDs into a single library, which can readily be done.

     

    However, each item of purchased content will still be tied to the ID from which it was originally purchased, and they will be treated separately for purposes of Cloud, Match, Purchase History, etc.

  • 4. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    Delmar Ford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, I quite agree, but for the purposes of simply listening to both sets of purchaces it works. At the end of the day I shoudn't have setup an account with my work e-mail address in the first place as that is going to change at some point in my life. D'oH

  • 5. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)

    for the purposes of simply listening to both sets of purchaces it works.

    Correct.

     

     

    I shoudn't have setup an account with my work e-mail address in the first place

    Live and learn.  ;-)

  • 6. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    ProjectMyst Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ed2345 wrote:

     

    That is often asked here, but it is not possible.  All items purchased from the iTunes Store are permanently associated with the account from which they were originally purchased.  The information is embedded in each file as well as in the Purchase History for the account.

     

    This is just not true, if you have an apple email id thats not apples you can change it at any time, i have done it many times. Its just the apple email ID that once you get it it can't be chnaged.

  • 7. Re: How can I transfer all iTunes purchases from one apple id to another
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,870 points)

    This is just not true, if you have an apple email id thats not apples you can change it at any time, i have done it many times. Its just the apple email ID that once you get it it can't be chnaged.

     

    Yes you can change the email address for an Apple ID.

     

    Yes you can put content from multiple Apple IDs into a single iTunes library.

     

    No you cannot put content purchased from multiple Apple IDs into a single Apple ID.