apps and licensing?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by FortWorthMac, May 12, 2009.

  1. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    the parched earth of North Texas
    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?

  2. omniinvoice macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Its tied with the user, and I believe you can only have the apps sync with 1 phone at a time.
  3. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007

    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.
  4. MacToddB macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    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:

    BTW, Jeremy, I mentioned your app, iDice (which I'm addicted to!) in my AppCraver interview, published today! Thought I'd give you a little shout out!
  5. jman800 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2008
    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!
  6. omniinvoice macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Thats what I mean when I said 'user'. I should have said 'User Account/iTunes Account'
  7. omniinvoice macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Didn't know that.. new it was up to five for music, but never tried it with Apps before. Good to know.
  8. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    The part I was saying no to was the '1 phone at a time' part.
  9. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    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.

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