Apples services and young families

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Golden Mustache, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Golden Mustache macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2016
    Here are a couple gripes in my household that maybe you can shed some light on even though I don't think there's much I can do.

    I have family sharing setup and the 4 of us each have unique IDs with that being said apple has made it very difficult to access purchases made on different apple ids for kids.

    For this reason we use my apple ID on daughters ipad for purchases of TV and movies. It's easy for her to later jump on our Apple TV and keep going where she left off.

    Problem 1: apple music, she can't listen to her own music because the music app uses your iTunes store ID vs a separate individual ID similar to to iCloud and iTunes who are separate. I get why it's this way, I understand the confusion for someone who buys a song on iTunes only to not have it show up inside of the music app but for apple music subscribers I think this is rarely the case. It would be nice if we had the option to choose

    The new TV App: similar to her ipad we use 1 apple ID on all our Apple tvs. Which is great because we can all see the latest purchases we've made, but the problem is say my wife adds a show to up next that is now a part of my apple ids up next on my phone but not her iPhone because again that single ID is causing the issue

    It's way to cumbersome for one to have to go to settings in your apple TV to add a show to up next only to have all the movies and TV shows you had dissapear. It's ok for me.because I understand this stuff but it way to much for them to keep up, so I become the IT dad
  2. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    How have they made it difficult? Maybe start there before you make a mess of things using your ID everywhere even though you have family sharing set up.

    - Everyone gets their own ID, even minors.
    - Set up family sharing with you as the parent/organizer.
    - Apple Music family plan, otherwise you get bumped if someone else is listening.

    The only purchases not shared between the ID's are in-app purchases.
  3. Golden Mustache thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2016
    My guess is you don't have young kids.

    When you buy a physical copy of something it belongs to all of us in the house.

    So you're suggesting that when I'm buying finding dory that I buy it with my daughters account (whose 5) only so that when she returns to watch the movie tomorrow she can't see it in the library because daddy was watching the TV?

    And then I have to teach her to go to settings and switch accounts or better go into the store and learn to spell finding dory so she can look it up?

    And then when she buys the movie and my son goes on his iPad he doesn't see she bought finding dory and can't have it in his library? so now I have to teach a 3 year old to go through the jungle of getting to family purchases or better yet spell at 3?

    I'm not broken and I completely understand the system and how it works, I'm just saying it's not family friendly and using my ID is the work around to making as close to what it should be like despite some drawbacks.

    When you turn on your TV you don't tell your significant other are we watching my stuff or yours you all just watch. If the other person records something it's on both your DVRs, its a communal experience.

    Books media should not be treated as individual one time use products for a single individual to consume they are to share and enjoy together.

    A solution would be to have a setting that allows shared purchases to appear in your library despite you not being the original purchaser in your family.

    This would work great on the TV app as well. Apple TV is not like Netflix that it asks whose watching. The TV tries to get you into your media as quickly as possible, they aren't trying to make you go into your settings every time to switch before watching.
  4. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    I have two under the age of 9.

    I really have no idea what you're complaining about. Yes, you have to help a three year old use technology.

    My kids know how to find their shows and search for stuff. They tell me how many megabytes the game they want to buy is. Don't worry, yours will surpass you soon enough.

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