Can't delete apple ID's?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thewhitehart, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

    thewhitehart

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    I just completed the gruelling task of informing every internet site I belong to that I changed my email address to .mac .

    I've now realized that I have two apple IDs - the .mac one, and my old email address. The problem is, it won't let me delete the old apple ID.

    I suddenly realized that if I could delete my old apple ID, I wouldn't be able to play my iTunes store music. So I tried changing the email address of the ID to the .mac one. No luck! Apparently, you can change to any address but a .mac one. Why is this? Why can't I merge the old ID into the new .mac one? I want to buy music using the new .mac ID, but it's very tedious to have to keep track of authorized macs for two email addresses, and security-wise, I'd rather not have two IDs to worry about.

    Apple, why can't I have control over my own personal data? Although they have a right to keep the data if you voluntarily gave it over, I tend to have more respect for websites that let you delete your own accounts (like Google). It smacks of Microsoft Passport... :mad:
     
  2. rushmere macrumors 6502

    rushmere

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    You can merge your old apple id into your new .mac id, but you have to get Apple to do it for you.

    Have a look here:

    http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/musicstore/email/

    You might have to persevere to get it done though. It took me several attempts - Apple first denied it was possible, and I had to email them several times (complete with the link to their own support site) before they finally found someone who knew how to do it.
     
  3. thewhitehart thread starter macrumors 6502a

    thewhitehart

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    Thanks for the link!

    This has been the best help I have ever got using these forums. I'll keep you informed as to what happens.
     

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