4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2012 3:12 PM by Kappy
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I wanted to let my roommates share my TV shows, etc., and vice-versa. So, when my roommate tried to check out one of my shows, it asked for an Apple ID. Here are my questions:


1. Is this really necessary? I don't remember having to do this before. We're all on the same network.

2. Whose Apple ID does it want - mine or his?

3. If it's my Apple ID that's needed, will they now have access to my Apple accounts through iTunes? I don't much like the idea of plugging in my password on someone else's machine.

4. And if we all want to share our stuff with each other, will we all have to go around authorizing each other's computers?



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Solved by Kappy on Oct 24, 2012 3:12 PM Solved

Yes, because they have both the ID and password which authorizes whoever is using it to make purchases that will be charged to your credit card.

Reply by AnaMusic on Oct 24, 2012 2:43 PM Helpful

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Reply by Kappy on Oct 24, 2012 2:47 PM Helpful

Yes, it's necessary.

It wants the Apple ID of the purchaser.

They will have access if you give them your Apple ID and password.

Anything you purchase from the iTunes or Mac App Store cannot be given to someone else. They must purchase their own.


This is not fixed by "authorizing" a computer. Whatever is purchased from Apple is tied exclusively to the Apple ID of the purchaser.


See: iTunes- How to share music and video and iTunes- How to share music between different accounts on a single computer.

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