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Old 27-02-2013, 11:38
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Last year my wife got an iPad2 for her birthday. I therefore downloaded iTunes, and set up an account in it for her use. Since I didn't expect to be using iTunes for anything else, I set this up in my user account, not hers.

It now appears I may be getting an iPad mini for my own birthday.

Can the iTunes in my user account support two accounts?

If not, can I close her iTunes account, and open one in her user account?

Or could we share an account? Is the account linked to a particular device, via serial number, as is the case with TomTom?

I think I've read that iPads don't need an iTunes account these days, though presumably you still need one to initially set up the device.

I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.
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Old 27-02-2013, 11:39
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I have 2 accounts one uk and one US
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Old 27-02-2013, 11:42
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Last year my wife got an iPad2 for her birthday. I therefore downloaded iTunes, and set up an account in it for her use. Since I didn't expect to be using iTunes for anything else, I set this up in my user account, not hers.

It now appears I may be getting an iPad mini for my own birthday.

Can the iTunes in my user account support two accounts?

If not, can I close her iTunes account, and open one in her user account?

Or could we share an account? Is the account linked to a particular device, via serial number, as is the case with TomTom?

I think I've read that iPads don't need an iTunes account these days, though presumably you still need one to initially set up the device.

I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.
Yes you can share the account on multiple devices.
Its a good idea to share the account as anything you purchase can be used on all your devices, otherwise you would be paying for purchases twice.
When you setup the device just login with the itunes account when prompted, thats it.
Dont confuse itunes windows/mac software with the itunes store for apps.ebooks.music purchases.
You certainly do not need to use the itunes windows/mac software and can setup, get over the air updates, purchase, share what you want from an apple device, without having to use the PC software.
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Old 27-02-2013, 23:29
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Joel's dad : Is this in a single copy of iTunes in one user account?

Lettice : Thanks for the reply. I don't think she's ever used the iTunes account, she's happy with the apps the iPad came with. Actually, she mainly uses it for email (for some reason she claims she can never get on the laptop).

If she can remember her username and password, I'll use the same account. If not ..... I'll find out the name of any app I want, from iTunes without logging in, and download it directly.
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Old 28-02-2013, 07:05
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The username should still be on the iPad. If you go into settings and then iTunes & App Stores you can see the AppleID.

If you have forgotten the password you can reset at iforgot.apple.com
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Old 28-02-2013, 15:15
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Thanks muchly. You wouldn't believe the number of email addresses she's had to abandon because she couldn't remenber the passord.
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Old 28-02-2013, 23:13
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To expand on this, iTunes is quite flexible. I use my account for two devices (iPad, iPod) and my son uses his account through the same iTunes installation on the same pc for his iPod using his own iTunes account. As long as we remember to check that we're logged into iTunes under the right a/c so that we're not using each other's pocket money to buy stuff it's not a problem.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:09
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Thanks SnrDev, I've just opened iTunes, gone to the Store, and found the 'Sign In' button. So if I use the 'Create an Apple ID' facility, then we can log in independently. Does this set up a separate iTunes library?

I'm relieved to see that downloading stuff to an iPad is so simple that a 5 year old can do it - going by a report in my paper this morning,
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:25
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iTunes can point to different libraries but by default it points to the one you set it up with, which presumably is what you want. That's how we use it - both kids and me use the same library (it's got 400 CDs + a lot of downloads in there) for getting at our music, but we buy it through separate user accounts on the iTunes store.

I haven't tried setting up another a/c through the same iTunes but I'd expect it to be possible. SnrDev Jnr created his account through his iPod then wanted to use it on the PC, and it worked without a hitch once we found the Sign In / Sign Out option. Ask yourself would Apple want to limit you to creating only one user a/c through its s/w? Unlikely I'd say.
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