What happens to an itunes account and their downloads when somebody dies

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by macgrl, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    This may seem like an odd question but I have been thinking about this and have done an internet search but can't seem to find an answer.

    If a family member (for example) has an itunes account and has lots of songs / tv shows / movies downloaded and associated with their account. What happens to all there itunes downloads on their death. As the downloads are through their account does the account close and all their downloads go with it as you need the account to access itunes to play the downloads? Do you contact apple who change the account details? Can you inherit the downloads.

    This may be a bit morbid but it must happen to people and I was curious about what happens.
  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Interesting thought. If it were a CD collection you could imagine everyone fighting over the good stuff, leaving Phil Collins Greatest Hits on the shelf ;)

    It must happen, and people must inherit laptops etc. I wonder what Apple's stance is.
  3. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    I was thinking that too, with cds / dvds you just take the ones you want and leave the bad ones LOL but with itunes you need account details to view downloads.

    It must happen all the time
  4. sbking macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2009
    LOL, I can already imagine someone nearly dying at the hospital, and his child asking what his iTunes password is.
  5. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Interesting question. There must be an official policy on that at Apple.
  6. Superdelphinus macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2008
    in the UK i guess they'd be subject to a grant of probate and transfered to the executors of the deceased's estate
  7. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Prior to last year the DCEDENT could be redownloaded up to 5 times, now with DRM free, they are free to reincarnate ad infinitum. :D

    Seriously - owning DRM free music is akin to owning the single on vinyl. It would fall under the rules of probate if not directly bequeathed to an heir. Now hopefully, for any protected music, the heirs have the account name and password.
  8. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    Do apple allow for an account to be inherited or do they say that it is a breach of copyright?
  9. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    There was actually an aritcle about this (not specific to iTunes) on CNN a couple of weeks ago. There are several companies that have started up that keep track of your online life. Once they have received word of your death, they attempt to contact you several times via e-mail, and if there is no response, all passwords and usernames are released to a pre-designated person. Kind of like a will for your online life.

    Interesting new way technology affects our death...
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Accounts don't close.

    There is an article on this recently on news sites.

    Some companies started offering digital vault service, where they collect all digital account info with intention of passing onto offspring in the future.
  11. alfmil, Jun 18, 2009
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2018
  12. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    The same thing as what happens to your Myspace:


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