How do families purchase apps through App Store?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by davidg4781, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I recently purchased an iMac on craigslist and set it all up with the apps I've downloaded from the App Store. This got me thinking.

    How do larger families with multiple Macs manager App Store purchases? Does everyone have their own Apple IDs and for big software purchases share Mom's or Dad's? Is there a "family Apple ID?"

    I kind of have the same question for iTunes but a $.79 song doesn't bother me as much as a $79 App. It'd be nice to have a family ID but how would that effect iCloud and iOS devices? For me, I'd like to keep all my iOS stuff separate from everyone else's.
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    We all share one apple ID to keep costs down on app store and iTunes. When I get my first iMac we will do the same. That way when I buy my daughter a MacBook Air in a few years time we don't need to buy all that software twice.
     
  3. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    My family also shares single Apple ID for purchases (Mac App Store and iTunes Store on Macs; App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes on iPhones and iPads). We course, use different Apple ID for iCloud.
     
  4. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So let's say two Mac users get married.

    Can you sign on to the App Store with the other's ID to download the apps they've purchased? I'm guessing this would still be allowed since it's in the same family and household.

    I think I started thinking of this because as I was looking to purchase an iMac, I noticed a lot on craigslist were including Lion. Sounds great, but no discs were included and if I wanted to wipe the hard drive I wouldn't have an OS.

    I know they shouldn't sell it that way, but let's say someone did, and the purchaser wanted to buy apps from the App Store. Could they log in with their own Apple ID or would they need to use the seller's?

    I think I need to get married so we can sit around and try this stuff out.
     
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    Well, if the seller is willing to share his or her Apple ID and password, yes. I strongly doubt a stranger would share their password (which can then be used to purchase new apps), however.

    Between spouses, however, sharing such info is probably not a big deal. The caveat is that using MULTIPLE Apple IDs for purchases doesn't work very well. There has been talks that Apple may allow merging of multiple Apple IDs in the future, but that may require giving up one account for the sake of another (or become an alias of one).
     
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    you can download on wife, children, friend, etc the app from your ID directly in their device, you would sign out of the persons ID and sign in w/ yours download the app and then log out. When you want to update that app, the app store will ask you for the specific ID password again.
     

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