ios 5 and iCloud sync question - multiple people on shared iTunes account

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Herm, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Herm macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    My spouse and I are each upgrading to new 4s phones soon, and I also have an iPad. We share an iTunes account/Apple ID and currently manage our music manually since we share a lot of the same songs/apps but not all. Similarly, I don't put music on the iPad.

    How will sync-ing work for us with ios 5 and iCloud? We will just have 1 iCloud account (because only 1 Apple ID). Will we still be able to manage manually or will our devices all have to have the same content?
  2. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    Make a new Apple ID for iCloud purposes. The ID tied to iCloud is separate from the one used for the App Store.
  3. EddyP macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010

    You can also use a different ID for iMessage.

    Our plan is to use the same ID for iCloud and have different IDs for iMessage. So far so good.
  4. Herm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Sorry - so do you mean that one of use would use the original ID we have now and the other would use a new ID? I'm confused how iCloud will know to sync separate content... Thanks.
  5. EddyP macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    I have 4 IDs I'm using now.
    iTunes =
    Old Mobile Me = email, contacts, calendar, bookmarks
    New iCloud mine
    New iCloud wife

    I use the for both iTunes on all devices.
    I also use the old for Email, contacts, bookmarks, calendar, and all of that stuff.
    We each use our own ID for iMessage.

    I understand more what you're asking now. Unfortunately, I don't know yet. Let me play with syncing iTunes over the air and see if you can keep one iTunes ID and manually select what to sync like you are doing now.

    I THINK you can just set it to not automatically sync so you could still manually sync like you are doing now (assuming you still want to share iTunes IDs) but do it over the air. Let me play some more tonight and I'll get back to you.

    You could then each have your own ID you would use for email, calendar, and iMessage.

    I know it's not exactly what you're asking but:
    There are three places for AppleIDs in iOS5 (at least three I have discovered).
    1 - the iTunes store
    2 - iCloud - for syncing mail, etc. (like the old Mobile Me)
    3 - iMessage.
    You can put a different ID for each of these.
  6. Herm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Thanks - appreciate the help!
  7. EddyP macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    No worries. I'll try it out tonight with my iPhone and iPad to see how it works.
  8. EddyP macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    OK. It's pretty damn easy to sync multiple devices over wifi with one iTunes account.

    Once you set them up, they just show up in iTunes as if they were connected via the cable. I shut off "automatic downloads". It's just like syncing as if it was connected the "old way via cable". Pick what you want to sync, and it works. It's pretty slick.

    This has nothing to do with the cloud ID. You can use the same iTunes ID for all of your devices. Then you can either use the same ID for the cloud (email, cal, contacts) or iMessage.

    Note I am not including iTunes as part of "the Cloud". Sure, it's all done wirelessly. But I think it makes the most sense to think of them as separate animals.
  9. Herm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Great to hear it works so well - thanks so much for coming back to this post!

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