change iTunes store account to MobileMe

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by philMBP, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. philMBP macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2007
    my iTunes store is registered under an old email address and I wanted to change this address to my MobileMe address.
    iTunes would not let me change the address to an existing MobileMe account, but I was successful in creating my .me account seperately. Ok.

    Now my problem/question:
    I no longer wish to use my old @rogers account and only want to use my @me.
    iTunes will not recognize my previous purchases made from the @rogers when logged in using my new @me.
    Fair enough... so now I would like to transfer all my purchases from the old account to my new MobileMe.

    Can this be done?? I certainly am unable to do this from my side.
  2. abat macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    I have exactly the same issue and can't see an easy way around it. What I have done is start to use the mobileme account and re-downloaded all the free app on the new account. Since the apps and music from the old account are already authorised on the itunes install there isn't a problem unless you want to use itunes on another machine so I'd make sure you remember the login details for the old account.

    The only complication seems to be updates for paid apps which are on the old account. When you aren't logged in itunes will show you the number of updates for the apps in itunes but it seems when you log in it only shows you the updates for the account you are logged in to. The only way around this I can see is to buy the paid apps again on the new account which is obviously not a good solution. The other solution is to log into the old account to get updates for apps on the old account,
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    While iTunes does let you change your account name to another email address, it does NOT allow you to change it to a MobileMe address.


    Well, when you create a MobileMe account it automatically creates a corresponding iTunes account with that email address. Thus, when you try to change the email address of your original account to your new MobileMe email address it says it cannot do it because that account name already exists.

    Since iTunes does not allow you to transfer purchases from one account to another already existing account you cannot change your account name to a MobileMe email address.
  4. abat macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    I understand why it doesn't work but given mobileme is targetting people who are likely to have an existing iTunes account this must be a very common issue. A migration path would have been nice but I suppose it's not the biggest problem in the world.
  5. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    Are they not showing up in the PURCHASED part of itunes? Just go to the Songs/CD's that you purchased under the .rogers account, select all songs, right click and under playlists, select PURCHASED. They will then show up.
  6. julianna1973 macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Has this problem been resolved since then? I have everything under my hotmail address in itunes & i would prefer to use my email. I want to be able to get rid of the hotmail & have one main email only. Simpler.
  7. julianna1973 macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Anyone know the answer to this question?
  8. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    I too have lost some purchased stuff from the iTunes store. I still have it in the library bit I cannot play it since it is registered under another account name.

    This DRM stuff is a real killer.
  9. BG-Mac macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
  10. valkett macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009
    Having the same issue...

    Would really like to have everything under my MobileMe account but no luck switching.

    Very frustrating since we're getting a new internet provider next week and I don't want to switch my account to an address with that provider - just want to have it with my MobileMe account.

  11. browndktr macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    anyone have any luck yet?

    I have the same problem. any resolution?

  12. irish-neal macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    Go to and you can change your apple id to a username, not an email Address. Then, go to the same place and update your email adress to your new mobile me address. This lets you get all the receipt copies to your me account. Best thing i know to do.
  13. fraggot macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Cox's Creek, KY
    I know this is an old topic, but I wanted to thank you cause I was having that problem and this solved it.
  14. KazuSnow macrumors regular


    May 24, 2010
    Canada (Australian)
    This is seriously Annoying!

    I have paid app's over 4 different accounts due to Uni and Work! they should be tied to Person not email!
  15. bbotte macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2008
    The above will not let me make a User ID that is NOT an email.
  16. jarrodc macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2010
    If you have multiple Apple ID's you may consolidate them.
    I found this on Apple's site:

    "Sorry, but this is not possible at this time via our online tools. You can speak with an AppleCare representative, who can help you consolidate your registered Apple products. They can also help register your iPods, iPhones, or Mac computers under a single Apple ID."

    Hope this helps.
  17. halokatze macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2010
    I have the same problem.
  18. paulmarquis macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2009
    This is a real issue especially now with apple TV. Apple is ussually so responsive on these type of issues. I have been trying to resolve this since they switched me from .mac to mobile me with no luck. At least I am not the only one.
  19. rhaque macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2010
    Itunes login how to change email?

    irish-neal, I believe apple id does need to be an email address.

  20. caseydriscoll macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2010
    Didn't work for me either

    but I sent in a feedback!

    I have an itunes account with alot of content that I purchased while in university. I would like to use my new account instead. I tried switching my email at I can't switch to my account because "This domain name is reserved for MobileMe accounts."

    I'd like to use but this is a headache! Please help!

    current itunes account is *********
  21. James Bond macrumors member

    James Bond

    Jan 31, 2009
    New Zealand, Pale Blue Dot
    I'm also in the same situation.

    Sometimes when updating Apps on the iPhone/iPad I get asked for my old username which I used back in the iPhone 3G days while my new ID is address.

    Not the end of the world but it's annoying.
  22. Rab Simpson macrumors regular

    Rab Simpson

    Feb 10, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It worked for me, my ID is now 'rabsimpson' (without the quotes).
  23. Synergie, Jan 20, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 5, 2011

    Synergie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    Halifax, Canada

    I just tried this but it won't let me change to an ID that is not a valid email address :( and it wont let me use my mobile me address either...

    I am trying to do this same exact thing... switch my existing ID (which was a pop email I am planning on dumping) for my new addy. It let me create a whole new account with the but that account has no idea what I purchased prior to it. As a test I logged on to the new mobile me one on my iphone and tried to download an app I had purchased previously... it charged me again for it.

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