What happens when you download iTunes past purchases with a different account?
I can answer that question for you. Apple locks up your past purchases for 90 days, and you can forget that Monopoly game get-out-of-jail free card. But that's OK.
It was a big day for Apple yesterday, announcing iCloud and new push sync features from iTunes Store. It's a big day for Apple customers, now that iTunes 10.3 is available -- with purchase sync in beta. The utility is simply amazing for what Apple intends for it -- but also for how customers might choose to use it.
The purpose is sync -- driving your content to all your devices. Plain, pure and simple. So the music (videos or ebooks) on your home Windows PC can be the same as on your Mac -- or iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Apples pushes the content from "iTunes in the Cloud" out to your computers or devices, removing the hassle of setting up shared repositories on the home network or disparate libraries on different machines.
But the service also makes past purchases available. So if you've accidentally deleted or lost content, Apple now makes that available to you. iTunes in the Cloud matches your library against the record of your past purchases, presenting the option to download missing content.
There's a magical quality about the push sync that fits my six principles of good tech product design. I started with four, in 2004, and added two more about two years later. A new product must:
1. Hide complexity.
2. Emphasize simplicity.
3. Build on the familiar.
4. Do what it's supposed to do really well.
5. Allow people to do something they wished they could do.
6. When displacing something else, offer significantly better experience.
Each of these easily applies to iTunes in the Cloud:
1. Hides complexity by using sync to match up past purchases with your library, rather than force you to upload the content, like Amazon and Google do.
2. Emphasizes simplicity by using iTunes account ID and password to enable two-way syncing from the cloud among the devices.
3. Builds on the familiar by using same iTunes client people are accustomed to.
4. Does what it's supposed to very well in my testing -- and it's beta.
5. Allows people to get their content where they want without fuss -- the service does it for you.
6. Displaces manual management of content by doing the task for you. It's a "Duh, why couldn't I do this before?" experience.
It's not Stealing.
But there's another way to use the service, which could foster piracy -- log into iTunes using a different account and sync up that library. I tried to do that today, but not to steal content but to consolidate it. My daughter buys her own music (using my money, I might add) using a different Apple ID. Both our computers are "authorized" to the other's account, so we can watch purchased movies without streaming from one Mac to the other.
I thought: Wouldn't it be wonderful to use iTunes in the Cloud to consolidate the libraries, my syncing up past purchases into a master library. Since I've already got 12,000 songs (taking up nearly 93GB storage) and 1TB drive, my library seemed like the best place.
So I logged into my daughter's account from my PC and started the process of matching up libraries. It's not stealing. Back in the day, before storing all the CDs in the garage, we kept them together for the whole family to use in a single cabinet. It's not stealing, but it could be . Roommates or friends could log-in to each others' iTunes accounts and sync up libraries back to the cloud.
Clearly, Apple has thought of this, which is why I got this warning: "This computer is already associated with an Apple ID. If you download past purchases with your Apple ID, you cannot auto-download or download past purchases with a different Apple ID for 90 days."
Well, I stopped right there. I could sync the libraries in the future, after I got mine in order. Apple doesn't stop you from syncing past purchases using different IDs, it just removes the benefit for 90 days as a piracy deterrent. Smart.
Question: Q: 90 Day To Download Past Purchases.
I have noticed that this is something Apple (iTunes) has done for some years, as I searched out questions associated with this issue.
I've been an iTunes user for . good gosh, so far back I can't recall what year I signed up. A few years ago my husband started an iTunes account on the same computer, but on his own 'side' of it. Then my daughter started her own about a year ago on her 'side' of the computer. Mine has always been there.
That being said, we've never had any issues with purchasing music from our computer and iTunes accounts. I have had the same Apple ID ever since I opened my account.
Last night, I purchased music on my laptop (which is authorized). This morning, I attempted to listen to them on my computer, and the error popped up.
"You can download past purchases on this computer with just one Apple ID every 90 days. This computer can be used with a different Apple ID in 66 days"
So I wish to be sure I understand this . I cannot download on my computer what I bought and downloaded on my laptop last night because of my husband's purchase on the same computer (not laptop)? It's possible that the three of us have not made a purchase on this very computer within 3 months' time, but I doubt that. But . it's still possible.
If the reason I can't download what I've already bought is because of my husband's purchase. what is the purpose of this restriction? What does it matter if a different account is being used to make personal purchases?
Also, on my iTunes, while checking preferences>Cloud . my 'automatically download music' keeps unchecking itself. It will not allow me to keep this option. Does that have something to do with the above issue?
Thank you for your time and answers.
Posted on Feb 24, 2017 5:49 AM.
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1. It’s there to make pirating content harder. If desired, click here and ask the iTunes Store staff to reset it.
2. That option is tied into the same function.
Feb 24, 2017 5:56 AM.
Some more background.
Authorization vs. association.