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FortWorthMac
May 13, 2009, 01:31 AM
Hello all,

How does Apple handle apps and licensing?

By that I mean when one purchases an app is that app tied to the user or device? In other words when/if I upgrade devices, will I be able to load my previously purchased apps on a new device?

Thanks
David



omniinvoice
May 13, 2009, 03:50 PM
Its tied with the user, and I believe you can only have the apps sync with 1 phone at a time.

Jeremy1026
May 13, 2009, 04:05 PM
Its tied with the user, and I believe you can only have the apps sync with 1 phone at a time.

No.

The apps are in fact ties to the iTunes account, but they can be synced to as many devices as you wish at any given time. As long as they are synced with the same iTunes account.

MacToddB
May 13, 2009, 07:12 PM
No.

The apps are in fact ties to the iTunes account, but they can be synced to as many devices as you wish at any given time. As long as they are synced with the same iTunes account.

I believe it is up to five devices. I've had one original iPhone replaced, and I upgraded to a 3G, and my purchased apps were installed on all of them. Here's a link:

http://www.tuaw.com/2008/07/25/multiple-iphone-household-share-your-apps/

BTW, Jeremy, I mentioned your app, iDice (which I'm addicted to!) in my AppCraver interview (http://www.appcraver.com/iphone-developer-spotlight-todd-bernhard-of-no-tie-software/), published today! Thought I'd give you a little shout out!

jman800
May 13, 2009, 07:15 PM
Yeah what Apple did with the whole App account thing is really helpful.

See, me, my brother, and my father all have iphone, ipod touch and if one buys a app, we go and buy it to (Being free of course to us) verry interesting on whos going to buy the App first haha :)

All because we all share one iTunes account!

omniinvoice
May 13, 2009, 07:44 PM
No.

The apps are in fact ties to the iTunes account, but they can be synced to as many devices as you wish at any given time. As long as they are synced with the same iTunes account.

Thats what I mean when I said 'user'. I should have said 'User Account/iTunes Account'

omniinvoice
May 13, 2009, 07:46 PM
I believe it is up to five devices. I've had one original iPhone replaced, and I upgraded to a 3G, and my purchased apps were installed on all of them.

Didn't know that.. new it was up to five for music, but never tried it with Apps before. Good to know.

Jeremy1026
May 13, 2009, 10:36 PM
Thats what I mean when I said 'user'. I should have said 'User Account/iTunes Account'

The part I was saying no to was the '1 phone at a time' part.

DreamPod
May 15, 2009, 12:34 AM
I believe it's up to 5 *computers* at once. Dunno if there's a limit of phones/iPod Touches, but each of those 5 computers doesn't know anything about what the other computers are doing.