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grubenhagen Level 1 (0 points)

Most of my music library is on the Cloud.  I purchased the music/content.  I would like to move most all of it to a separate Apple ID account so that it is not linked to the same account that my kids devices, etc. are on?  Basically, I'd like to end up with a family account and a personal account. How can I move the content that I purchased to a new Apple ID?

iPod touch
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    I'm sorry but that cannot be done. Apple does not permit separating purchased items from the Apple ID used to purchase it.

  • grubenhagen Level 1 (0 points)

    That's beyond lame.  Apple needs to get with it.  I bought it, I paid for it and I should be able to transfer it to a different account.  I understand not being able to copy it and share with the world.  While this isn't the case, it seems like to me the case of a couple that gets divorced and shared an iTunes account - they should be able to divide up what's on the account - kind of like who gets which LP or CD.  I think Apple just isn't trying to solve the problem.  My kids are just getting into music so I didn't think about what was on my account when I added their devices, but now it makes sense to keep my stuff separate.  I am really disappointed in Apple.

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    Had you read the information available you might have understood that the structure is one user->one Apple ID->one account. iDevices are not multi-user devices, and are intended for use by one person.


    There are sharing options available such as Home Sharing and iTunes Library sharing:


    iTunes- Setting up Home Sharing on your computer

    iOS- Setting up Home Sharing on your device

    Understanding Home Sharing

    Setting up Home Sharing for Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)


    You can enable iTunes Library sharing in iTunes preferences.


    You may find all this not to your liking, but there are legal considerations involved as well as billing matters. Apple is quite with it.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    With respect, there are many things that a couple cannot simply divide up when they get divorced. As would be the case with something like a car or a fridge, the iTunes account will go to one of them and the other one will get financially compensated.


    There is a difference between iTunes content and CDs, the CDs are a physical assets with iTunes you are essentially purchasing a license.

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,046 points)

    Please, let's not confuse the guy with facts.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,787 points)

    It's only natural that someone would feel frustrated if they hadn't realised the consequences of purchasing digital content over physical, I was merely trying to put things into perspective for them, so they could think about it once the disappointment had subsided a little.

  • grubenhagen Level 1 (0 points)

    Really, I'll figure out other ways to solve my problem since Apple doesn't want to solve this.  And, by the way, since Apple didn't like my less than enthusiastic response to their services they've removed my post - wouldn't want anyone reading something that wasn't rah-rah Apple.  Oh, well, it's their company site, so their call.  But, let's think outside of the Apple here for a minute.  It's 2013, people's lives evolve and change for many different reasons - but if you open an Apple account when you're 13 you're stuck with that one until you're in the grave or give up what you've invested.  Sounds a little stoggy and fixed for the oh so grand and progressive Apple company.  And, yes, yes, I get legal and billing issues, but I, in my problem solving mindset truly believe that those issues could be addressed and still give people - some might call them customers - some flexibility for the many phases that our digital lives cover over the years.  That's all.  It's really easy to say it can't be done.  As Kappy showed, that took all of 2 minutes.  Kudos to you Kappy.  Thanks anyway.  I'll work out other solutions to my goal by focusing on ways to get the results that I am looking for on my own.  Now I just want to figure out how to get off of this stream as it isn't helpful.

  • mkcoakley Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree that this is a problem Apple needs to solve since more companies are beginning to use Apple devices.


    I had a work iPad. My AppleID is associated with my work email. I subscribed to Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, etc. Now I've switched from a Galaxy to an iPhone... but I'll have to use my work Apple ID to keep all of my purchases, like downloaded magazines. God forbid I ever branch off and start my own company. Thankfully, I used the Kindle app instead of iBooks (and Amazon mp3 for music) and can easily download books with my notes regardless of the Apple ID associated with them. Thank you, Amazon, for remaining a company that has always put consumers first.


    I'm assuming that there MUST be a workaround-- because that would just be logical for a company that is growing with it's formely young, now professional base-- so I will keep looking. But, really, I shouldn't have to dig this much.

  • johnlove123 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why do you feel the need to create a new Apple ID?



    Simple ... my old Apple ID, i.e., my old email address, is dead because it was tied to a server local to where I USED TO live ... so, I traded it in for a email addrress.


    I have literally two dozen iTunes store purchases that I cannot see with Apple TV, unless I have my iMac on = "Computer" on Apple TV

  • aomy Level 1 (0 points)

    i am recently divorced and my old Apple id contained my married name so i created a new Apple.  Works great but i have music i already purchased under my old id that i would like to access but it's not available under my new user id.  based on what i'm reading, transferring that music from my old id to the new id isn't possible, right???

  • davefromwoodstock Level 1 (0 points)

    There are a myriad of reasons why what the OP is asking is valid.  Anyone that tries to reply with the standard 'this is how Apple does it, why don't you understand?' rhetoric is just being a fanboy bully.  The fact is that I can rattle off a number of reasons, ranging from divorcees splittng up a music library, a person with a large music or movie collection who dies and someone can't access without using multiple accounts, a situation like me, where before iCloud, had an e-mail account with my local ISP as my AppleID, and when Apple rolls out iCloud... I jumped on.  When I liked it and decided to stick with it, I wanted to change my AppleID to my iCloud address... guess what?  Can't do that.  The only solution would be to know in advance that creating an account on iCloud would screw you out of ever being able to use that as your AppleID on iTunes.  I should have created the account on iTunes... how screwed up is that?


    These are logical reasons to combine or move content from one account to another. So long as they are linked to a single account, there should be no technical reason not to allow it.  As digital media becomes more and more the norm, as it has, then this will be a more real problem. 

  • Sakegreen Level 1 (0 points)

    Haha.  I totally agree.  Same situation as me.  Nasty separation, my Ex won't give me the password for shared itunes account

  • bltbltblt Level 1 (0 points)
    1. Create new Apple ID's for the kids
    2. Change the email of the existing Apple ID account at
      (if that's required)

    I've done this several times and it works fine...


    Not sure how Family Sharing (iOS 8) will work with this.


    Good luck...

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