Change iTunes Apple ID to match MobileMe/iCloud?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by toddngina, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2008
    Like a lot of folks, I have a separate iTunes purchases Apple ID and a .me account for Mobile Me. My iTunes ID is really old, it's not even an email address, just a word. Is it possible to "consolidate" into one basically by changing the ITunes ID to match the Mobile Me/iCloud one? Seems like that would make things easier.
  2. qosie, Oct 12, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011

    macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009
    I tried doing that several times today and it continued to give me an error message. Finally, however, it did go through and now my Apple ID is associated with my MobileMe email address. So just try by managing your Apple ID account either on Safari or an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch or iTunes. I don't know if it will work for everyone or if mine was just a lucky glitch...

    Also I did not make the transition to iCloud yet because I don't have Lion on my computers so how far this will actually work is still a mystery to me. Maybe someone else can test this?
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Wait, wait.. HOW did you do this?
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009
    Like the OP, my Apple ID (the one I use for all my purchases) is just a word. Let's say it's abc. It happens to be the suffix of my MobileMe email address that is still active (

    Since isn't loading on my computer, I just went to my iPad then went to Settings>>Store>>View Account. If you tap on your Apple ID it shows up the email address associated with your Apple ID. I just edited it to be my MobileMe email address. It didn't work the first few times and kept giving me an error but then a few minutes ago, it worked. I'm pretty sure you can change it in either iTunes, an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, or (where you go to Manage Accounts). I'm basically following the principles from this:

    So now, if I view my Apple ID, the email address associated with it says

    If this doesn't work for others...maybe mine is a mistake =(
  5. macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2008
    Renton, WA
    That's not what the OP is talking about. All you did was tell apple that for Apple ID "abc" you can reach me at this new email address.

    That should work for anybody, no problem.

    It did *not* merge the two Apple ID' still have as a separate Apple ID from just "abc"....


    You will not be able to merge Apple ID's. Apple at this time is recommending when setting up iPads, iPhones, Macs on iCloud that you use your mobile me Apple ID to set everything up. Then go into Settings on iPad and iPhone and change the iTunes store to use your original Apple ID for store purchases.

    So you will still maintain two Apple ID's. The old one for iTunes store, and the new MobileMe/iCloud account for everything else.
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009
    I guess I got it mixed up then. I was just never able to change my email address to be my MobileMe address before because it kept giving me an error message.

    This is the theory I thought: There are people who are moving to iCloud with their Apple IDs and creating a new address. Since my Apple ID is already associated with an address wouldn't that make my situation more ideal? Then...I could theoretically do this what says here,, and make it so that my email (which is my mobileme email address now) be my Apple ID.

    I guess not.
  7. macrumors 68010


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    When I try to change my iTunes Account email address to my existing email address, then I get the following message:

    * You cannot change this Apple ID to
    use an existing MobileMe email
    address. If you would like to use your
    MobileMe account you can cancel and
    Sign in using your MobileMe account
    information. The email address you
    entered is already associated with an
    Apple ID. If it is yours, you can cancel
    and sign in using that Apple ID.
  8. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009
    Yeah...Like I said...I kept getting that error message too until this one time when I didn't and I thought OMG I FOUND A WAY! But I didn't and now it's showing that error again. YAY...not. This whole thing is such a mess.

    Why can't it be that if you have an Apple ID and you move to iCloud, when it says you can create a new, you can just select a previous one? Is it really that hard?
  9. macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2011
    I was trying to figure this out as well. My solution was to spam the Done button over and over and over. Now my iTunes/App Store ID matches my e-mail address.
  10. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009

    No way! Are you serious?
  11. macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2011
    Never mind. When I logged back in it reverted back to my other Apple ID. Sorry.
  12. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2009
    Yeah....I guess I'm just going to drop this idea. It's a shame =(
  13. macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2011
    Either Apple will figure out a way for users to merge accounts or you can create a new Apple ID, which makes your ID and e-mail the same.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    The same problem here i guess

    My 2 year MobileMe account is ****
    and my iTunes account is ***** and i've many purchased apps at that gmail account..
    So what will happen now? if we can't merge them,, will it still work for us ? i mean sharing apps between iOS devices and osx devices?
  15. macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2011
    Are they linked? Go to and log in. Look at under Account and see what your Apple ID is.

    Mine is strange. Under iCloud in System Preferences it says my Apple ID is—as my e-mail. But in it says my Apple ID is

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