Help with MANY apple devices

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by holmes-slyce, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. holmes-slyce macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2013
    Hi There:

    We have been engulfed by IOS.

    We have:

    - 1 iMac
    - 2 Macbook Pros
    - 2 i-phones
    - 1 i-pad
    - 2 i-pods (for the kids).

    My biggest issue, is I don't know how I'm going to manage the i-tunes now that the kids will be getting i-pods.

    My goal is that I would like my kids to be able to select the songs they like from our library and sync them and all purchases to be conducted from one account.

    Furthermore, I would like the same thing to happen for apps as well - I don't want each kid to have to buy Minecraft, etc.

    So should they each of their own Apple ID? Is their a FAQ or post that can lend some advice.

    Any help appreciated!
  2. TofSanity macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    You can use ONE account but I think you can only have five devices on each account. Make sure you set all your parental settings on their iPods so you don't get a lot of in-app purchases and what not
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    You can use the one Apple ID amongst all devices. Apple recommends that you use one ID for every person but I can understand you reasoning. Personally I would do it as follows.

    Give each their own Apple ID. This is hooked up individually to their email and do not hook your credit card to it unless you specifically want them to have purchasing abilities. This will also ensure that whatever apps they download do not show up as automatic downloads on the rest of your devices. Now to sync the particular music you can use the computer with the library on it. When you attach the iPod to the computer, select the music tab, then select "Sync Selected Songs Only". Check what songs they would like to have. Now they can also purchase new music of their liking via the iTunes app on the iPod, which would not affect your library.

    Once again, it is recommended for all Apple users to have personal IDs. However, I do not see a problem syncing the particular songs over to the iPods from the computer library while still separating their IDs.

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