iTunes - "authorize up to 3 computers"

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chibianh, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. chibianh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    I don't know if this has been discussed before, but I just found this out -- when they mean "up to 3 computers" they mean ONLY 3 computers even though u have 3 different songs on 3 computers. For example, I have 4 different songs on 4 different computers. I can only authorize 3 of them while the 4th one with a song that's not on the other 3 can't be played. Soo... u can only authorize 3 computers with ur account... NOT authorize songs on 3 computers.. I get it now..

    Sorry.. been out in the sun too long.
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i did not know that, i wondered how the 3-computers issue was handled. i don't have more than two computers so i don't care, even if i add one in the near future i'm fine. i can see how it would be annoying, as their advertising seemed to make this a much simpler issue, but look at it from apple's position-- there are very few situations where one would need to share music this much, and still be within the bounds of the law. hell, one backup copy is all we're implicitly guaranteed by the law...

  3. slowtreme macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2003
    Tampa FL
    so copy all 4 songs to all 4 computers, and then just auth and deauth as needed. I dont have 4 computers that I play music on, but I have more than 4 computers. And although I could download music on all of them, I really don't see when/why that would ever happen.

    Of course if two of those computers are on the same network, only store your songs on one of them, Auth that, and then share to the others
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    This doesn't work. For protect AAC files, the computer you are playing the music on has to be authorized as well as the computer that is the iTunes library you're playing from.
  5. slowtreme macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2003
    Tampa FL
    Are you sure about that for shared streaming music (not the files themselves)? I'm able to play iTMS purchased music at work from other peoples machines, and I've never authed under thier account.

    Unless they didnt really buy what they said they did.
  6. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2002
    I think sharing is different than actually copying the AAC file and playing it on the other computer. Sharing just streams the music from your machine while playing it on another machine.
  7. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    You cannot play protected AAC files (those purchased from the music store) even through shared streaming without authorizing the other computers first too. I have all of my purchased music sitting on my Mac's hard drive, yet I cannot play the protected songs on my PC via iTunes network streaming/sharing without first authorizing my PC as well (even though they are already authorized in iTunes on the Mac where the files themselves actually reside).

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