Apple removed rights on previously purchased iPad apps (now fixed - see below)
I'm serious - let me explain:
This weekend I got a message that my AppleID had been disabled. After research and chat sessions with Apple support, Apple confirmed that my AppleID account was closed "due to fraudulent activity". Apparently the payment info attached to my AppleID (debit card) was compromised and Apple closed my account. Apple asked that I open a new AppleID to use going forward. Further details from Apple regarding my account being closed could not be shared since this is now a data security investigation.
Apple is steadfast on their policy to not merge AppleID accounts. This apparently includes scenarios where the legitimate iPad user is victim to fraudulent use of their AppleID account - once Apple closed the AppleID used to purchase my iPad apps, I can no longer download, restore or update those apps without purchasing them again using my new AppleID.
Apple also informed me that any refund or dispute for payments on these applications that I no longer can effectively use need to go through my credit union or credit card issuer. Since I have had my iPad for almost 2 years it is clear that almost all of my applications fall outside the 60 day card charge-back window.
I understand Apple's reasoning to not enable the merging of AppleID accounts for application rights. But to not have a recourse in place for iPad users if their AppleID becomes compromised is an oversight in Apple's policy that I feel needs to be fixed very soon. The iPad and the associated apps available to the device are truly amazing. I am posting this thread so that the iPad community is aware that there are some components of Apple's App Store usage rights that do not favor the consumer.