When did Apple ID's change?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Soundburst, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Soundburst macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    Hey guys,

    I've had an Apple ID since around 2003 and it's just a name "aaronxx" for example.

    I want now to change it so as it's the same as my twitter account.

    You CAN change your apple ID, however, when I delete "aaronxx" and enter a new name it says "enter a valid email address".

    When did apple ID's change to actual email addressees?

    Can you no longer just have a username?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    since at least the original iphone came out

    you have to have an email address as it now.
  3. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    So iCloud works with your normal email and not some kind of apple email address?

    When you log into iTunes your username is email@email.com as opposed to a wee username?

    Thanks for the answer
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Wow, I have just a single word as a username as well. I've had a an iTunes account since about 2001 or so. Last time I looked about a year ago, you were still able to change from an email address to just a username by going to an Apple website.
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Several years ago I emailed iTunes Store support, and asked them to remove the "@email.com" portion of my Apple ID, leaving just a traditional user name. They were very helpful, and didn't give me any problems.

    To be honest, Apple's current system still gives me headaches. Between .Mac and MobileMe and (former) employee accounts, I have well over five Apple IDs (not counting my non-email Apple ID used for iTunes). It's so confusing.
  6. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    Yea just normal email, mines just me@live.com easy enough tho.
  7. rcp27 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I first got an iTunes account when I got my first iPod, a 1st gen nano, whenever they came out, and I just had a simple user name then. I can't say for certain, but I suspect the change happened when .mac became mobile me. You can no longer get a new account with a non-email address ID, but as far as I can tell, old ones still work (but whether they will when iCloud is officially launced is anyones guess)
  8. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    I always thought they were the same!

    When I bought my first Mac (iBook G4) I bought it with my Apple ID "aaronxx".

    When I recieved my Mac I signed up for a .Mac trial and I thought that when I entered "aaronxx" as the @mac.com address I wanted.

    I've always thought that they were the one Apple ID however I've just found out that my iTunes and Apple ID is "aaronxx" but the "aaronxx@mac.com" is a completely different thing. :S

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