Sharing apps across devices

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Dingo Dave 69, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have two quick questions I am hoping someone can help with.

    I have an iphone just now, if I buy an iPod touch will I be able to download the apps I have already bought on my iphone onto my iPod touch?

    Secondly, at the moment I have my apps stored on my macbook but I want to copy them over to my other computer. Is it just a case of copying over "Mobile applications" folder from my itrunes library onto my other pc?
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    Yes you can. As long as the apps have been transferred into your iTunes library, you can then set your new device to also sync those apps.

    A similar question. I have been able to transfer apps across different user accounts on my iMac, but can I also use this method to transfer apps across computers? Does this make the DRM worthless, as a friend can copy my £5.99 purchased copy of Super Monkey Ball onto their iPhone and transfer it back onto their computer?

    Surely not...
     
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    TheZimm

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    So,

    Here's some things I know about apps and music and what not:

    An iPhone or iPod touch is considered a computer, and in your iTunes account your aloud to have 8 computers authorized to have purchases from that account. So, your laptop would be one, other mac would be another, iPod touch and your iPhone, and you still have 4 left over. So to answer your first question, yes.

    And for your second question I think you can do that, but you could just into your account on the mac and then redownload all of your apps there.

    Zym
     
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    skubish

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    To answer your second question, yes you can move the apps to your pc. On the Mac the apps are located MUSIC/Itunes/Moblie Applications. I think you need to be logged into your iTunes account to transfer to iPhone/iPod.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys, up until today I just had an iphone. After some shopping I came home with a 32GB ipod touch and it installed and ran the apps no problem, some bought and some free.

    Surely though they would allow more than 8? If I had 8 ipod touches does that mean I couldnt get another one and share the apps or any purchases between them?

    ...(goes off to wonder why I would have 8 ipods in the first place...)
     
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    jstanier

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    I would test this, but unfortunately I'm not rich enough to do so yet. :)
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Actually, easiest way to transfer apps would be to authorize the other comp with your iTunes info and then plug in your iPhone/iPod touch and just hit transfer purchases. :)

    and you can have apps on unlimited iPhones/iPod touches
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure the limit for an itunes account purchases is
    5 computers
    and unlimited ipods.

    Not a total of 8 including both.
     
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    TheZimm

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    the limit for authorizations of an account is 8 devices, so 8 computers and or iPod touches/iPhones

    But you can unlimited iPods that don't have an iTunes store account

    Zym
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    You sure?
    http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/store/authorization/
    says

    It's the same rules for apps I'm pretty certain.
    Where did this 8 figure come from?
     

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