Family Sharing with Shared iTunes Account question

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by paragonj, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. paragonj macrumors member

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    I'm considering setting up Family Sharing for my family's devices once Yosemite is released but had a question I was wondering if someone here could help with.

    Currently everyone in my family has their own account which is used for iCloud. Then we all use my account for iTunes/App Store purchases. I'd like to switch to Family Sharing to take advantage of some of the other features it enables (shared Find My iPhone for instance) but am scared off by the fact that developers can opt out and also that things like In-App Purchases are excluded (1Password being one example concern).

    I've read that it is possible to have separate iCloud and iTunes accounts even in a Family Sharing environment. So my question is could I set everyone up in my family to use their own iCloud account but use my account for iTunes just like now but in the Family Sharing environment, or would the system prevent multiple family members from being logged into the same iTunes account? If I could do this, I feel like it would solve all of my concerns. Thanks in advance if anybody has an idea about this.
     
  2. muzzymate macrumors member

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    My wife and I now have separate iCloud accounts with Family Sharing enabled. (Did this to avoid Missed Call alerts popping up on everyone's phones).

    In the "iTunes & App Store" section, you can both be logged into the same Apple ID (in our case, it's my iCloud account), so we share all purchases regardless if app developers enable Family Sharing access or not.

    We previously shared an iCloud account so we had a single address book. I accomplished this by adding my iCloud account as a second one account in my wife's "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" section.

    Now, if we could just have a single Photostream for ALL our pictures automatically again, I'd be happy.
     
  3. paragonj thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info... That's exactly what I was hoping we could do.
     
  4. OCDMacGeek macrumors 6502a

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    I just posted a thread asking about my issue that I'm having. Let me ask you as well, since you have about the same set up as me: When your wife purchases a video on her family sharing account, which is tied to your iTunes ID, will her purchase show up in iTunes match under your ID?

    I'm having an issue where purchases made under a family sharing account do not transfer over to my main iTunes ID (even though it's been set up to be the account for purchases) and therefore cannot be viewed on our Apple TV.
     
  5. muzzymate macrumors member

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    We are actually both signed into and purchasing under a single iTunes account to avoid similar issues. Both my wife and I are both logged into "iTunes & App Store" under the same account. We now have separate iCloud accounts.
     
  6. OCDMacGeek macrumors 6502a

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    Right, I think that is what I'm going to do As well, and family sharing simply won't work for me.
     

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