5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2013 12:04 PM by ejpre
nvdhassani Level 1 (0 points)

So today I learned that I can't set up iTunes match for my wife on her own account, on her own user account on the iMac. How is that even right? Anyone had any luck or work around for this?


"This computer is already associated with an Apple ID.


If you subscribe to iTunes Match with your Apple ID, you cannot use iTunes Match, auto-download or download past purchases with a different Apple ID for 90 days."

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • gail from maine Level 7 (20,937 points)

    Hi nvdhassani,


    When you are trying to set up iTunes Match for your wife on the Mac, is she the one signed on to the Mac and to iTunes?



  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    There is no workaround. Only one computer (identified by MAC address) can be associated with one Apple ID at a time for iTunes Match, or automatic downloads.

  • ejpre Level 3 (780 points)

    As Michael said, crazy as it is, this is the rule, and there's no workaround.  It's the confusing distinction between "authoriziation" and "association":


    Most people are unaware of this until, like you, they get burned by it.


    As always, I encourage everyone to write the angriest possible feedback to Apple about this stupid rule.

  • nvdhassani Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you guys. After more research that's exactly what I found out. It's sad that I am prevented from buying iTunes Match. I understand that we can't share the same iPad or iPhone but an iMac or a MacBook Pro? Two different apple ids with different iTunes library should be able to share a computer and still use iTunes Match.


    I wrote and email to Eddie Cue and Tim. Also submitted feature request on Apple support page and filed a complaint. Hopefully this will be worked out in the near future.

  • ejpre Level 3 (780 points)

    Like many of Apple's rules, this appears to be aimed at making illegal sharing just *a bit* more difficult.  You can temporarily authorize your friend's computer to play your music, but you can't use Match to get the music there.  Of course you can still use a thumb drive, hard disk, or generic cloud service. As always, it's trivial to break Apple encryption anyway, if that's your goal. 


    So this doesn't really limit illegal sharing, but can be a really inconvenient for legitimate, paying customers.  In your case, they would only make money if you *bought a second computer* for your wife's content.  As it is, they've lost even the $25/year Match fee. 


    Any concerns could be addressed by tightening up the rules on authorization (say, limit the number of times a single computer can be de-authorized and re-authorized), but maybe there are legal problems doing that after the fact (OK, I admit, I've never read the 60 page agreement when I buy stuff).


    In a few years, we'll all have enough generic cloud space that we can just put all our music there and make this a non-issue.  In the mean time, it's really annoying.