Registering one account / CC for multiple users?

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    We are in the process of ordering ~15 ipads for business use. What is the best course of action to connect these if possible to one credit card via itunes/etc?

    Thanks in advance
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    Use the same iTunes account on all of them, this also means that you won't have to pay 15 times for the same app but just once.
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    Thats what I was hoping, BUT thought I've heard or read somewhere there was a limit to how many times, like 5 or something?

    Which also begs the question, if I have 15 of them, and want to sync/backup each one, some will be different than others...I don't want stuff getting mixed up for different departments/etc.
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    There's a limit on 5 pc/macs signed into the same iTunes account, but no limit on number of idevices using the same account.

    You can also control each one individually as to what they sync, any app data will not be confused between them.
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    So your saying I can use the same itunes account on up to 5 machines, but I can use that account on an unlimited amount of ipads?
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    Yes, that is how it works. Any of the up to 5 machines can activate/sync an unlimited amount of iPads.
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    I hate to be a stick in the mud, but whatever the computer lets you do, you would still be violating the terms and conditions of the app store.

    There are, I believe, enterprise and educational solutions to managing multiple iPads. To avoid legal entanglements I recommend looking them up, rather than depending on us people who only have experience with individual licenses.

    Apple - iPad in Business - Why iPad

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Enterprise_Deployment_Guide.pdf
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    Semi-related question:

    My mom and I both have iPad 2's and we're using the same apple ID for the AppStore so we can share the apps we pay for. I use game center to play games against friends and there's a new game I downloaded that I'd like to play against my mom. When I tried go log her in under her own apple ID it kept asking for the password for my apple ID (since it's the one being used for the app store). Is it possible to use a different game center ID from the ID being used for the app store? Thanks.
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    I appreciate the concern, however I don't see in the TOS, where it strictly says you can't do that?
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    Aren't you a commercial enterprise? Maybe I misunderstood.

    If you are using a single credit card, that means you will can/will buy each app only once. Under section (ii), that means you could either sync the app to all devices, but only let one employee use it, or sync it to one device and let them pass it around to use.

    On the other hand, you could buy absolutely no apps for your employees, and have them create their own accounts to buy the apps they want. That would work. If you wanted to pay for some of the apps, you could use your business account to Gift the apps to each of them.

    BTW, it is possible to Activate the iPads without associating them with an account (though I'm pretty sure you need an account to do it.)

    iTunes: Turning on Activation-only Mode

    This might also be useful.

    How to use multiple iPods, iPads, or iPhones with one computer

    I'm not trying to butt into what you do. I just though that you should be aware that the rules for businesses and individual users are slightly different. Elsewhere in the TOS it makes provisions for family members using the same account, which is where most of us get our ideas of what is and is not ok. As a buisiness owner your visibility and liability are higher than the typical user. I felt it would be a disservice not to point that out.
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    I think we would fall under state and local government, not sure if thats the same as a "commercial enterprise", as we aren't a private profitable business ?

    I absolutely appreciate you helping me out, thank you for taking the time to reply, I'll certainly check out those links. This is certainly one of the few areas where I can't seem to find an over abundance of information. I do think as more devices fall into a business role, we will see more things unfold hopefully.
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    Is there a way to use Game Center with an Enterprise App ? for sales achievements and activity records? maybe with OpenFeint ?

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