using two ipads on one itunes account etc etc

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  1. andreak

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    from what i've gathered, i can have two separate ipads(A and B) on one itunes account OR
    must i have two different itunes accounts? if i need two different itunes accounts, can they be identified separately on one itunes program? like is there an "add account" in the itunes program?

    here's the scenario...i bought an ipad(A) for my wife(this id, andreak, will be hers when she gets her ipad for xmas).
    we both have separate logins on our pc. in order that she doesn't see itunes on her desktop i've setup the itunes on my login and have been doing everything from my side. when i eventually get my ipad(B), i will want to setup an itunes account of my own,,,,,,i think(haven't decided yet).

    if i do want separate itunes accounts, what would be the best way to set this up. at that point, how can she use her itunes account(which is currently installed on my side) on her side so'z i can setup my itunes account on my side,,,or is this possible.

    the simple way, i guess, would be to have one itunes account for BOTH ipads?? in such a case would itunes recognize the two ipads or just see them as the same, and would that mean naming MY ipad(B) with the same account name as her ipad(A). and as that would be kinda weird because her ipad is under her name, can i change her account name and we both share an account as a "family name.account"?

    i think i just confused myself but i hope not you all :),,,,thx
     
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  2. helix2000

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    I think it best you have two separate Itunes. I tried having one ITunes and two logins but it didn't seem to like it when I had different apps, music etc on my IPad and my wife had something else. Kept trying to sync both IPads with what was on one system. Possibly others will have a better recommendation. Good luck.
     
  3. Mickey330

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    Personally, I would run the two iPads on one iTunes account. That way, you and your wife can use apps without having to buy them twice.

    If you name your iPads differently, you can keep them separate in iTunes, plus iTunes will know which is which by the serial number.

    I have my iPad1, my mom's iPad2 and my iPhone all running on the same iTunes account (and same Apple ID) with no troubles. Each device has different apps (both in number and in type) and I can easily run separate updates and backups. In my opinion, life as the iDevice maintainer for my house is much easier with one account.

    As always, YMMV, but I hope this helps. Good luck.

    Marilyn
     
  4. andreak

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    thank you both,,,for two different answers HAHAHA.

    i wanted to lean more towards marilyn because the ability to share apps. but you touch upon a point, marilyn....if itunes recognizes the different ipads(different names-different serial numbers) wouldn't itunes DENY the ability to share apps?

    the main thing is i want to share apps on both computers. i want both computers to have access to the same apps.

    as always,,,,thx
     
  5. Kaykaykay

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    I have eight devices on one iTunes account. No problem. Every device has its own name and profile, and iTunes automatically recognizes each device. If someone hasn't managed it, it's because they've done something wrong. It's pretty easy, though, because I'm technically lazy and I manage it.
     
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    If you use the same Apple ID to maintain those two iPads - on the same computer - then you will easily be able to share the same apps between the two iPads. The key point is the same Apple ID.

    My example: I have my iPad1, which I call "Mickey330's iPad." Then, I have my iPhone, which I call (you guessed it!) "Mickey330's iPhone." Then, my mom has her iPad, which I call "Mom's iPad" (why break a tradition? :D). I use one iteration of iTunes, which is on my Windows 7 Professional computer/PC and all of the iDevices are under my Apple ID (one account).

    When I plug any of the iDevices in, iTunes recognizes it as one of the three and shows me the name of it in the left column. I can transfer any app from my iTunes to any one of the iDevices I have. I have hundreds of apps on my iPad and iPhone, my mom has 10s, mainly word games. The thing is, I can pick and choose amongst all the apps I've bought (or gotten free from the App Store) with my Apple ID.

    As KayKayKay said (and she should know - what with 8 (!) devices!), it's much easier, IMNSHO, to use the same account to maintain any/all iDevices. Life is just easier that way.

    Marilyn
     
  7. Junior

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    Another vote for same Apple IDs on all iDevices. I have 8 devices with the same info and it's easy enough to remove apps not in use from one device to another without hassles.
     
  8. andreak

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    THX...you're all so helpful. i think you must work at the apple store :):):)
     
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    I just spit out some of my beer, because I'm pretty sure I'm listening to you on a podcast... I've been listening to repeats because apparently you threw it all in the river...
    I did a search for the same question you had, and i landed here. I was reading your question as you were rambling on in my ear about #snoots...
    And the nice folks that answered your questions have answered mine as well. Thanks, now I'm heading to purchase the new iPad.

    Presto


     
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    Dumber question:
    I have this brand new iPad that I received last week. For years I've sync'ed my iPod Touch 3rd gen on my PC with XP. I would like to sync this new iPad, I guess, but I don't want any of the music or iPod specific apps on this ipad. I want to save every available gig for movies and video, not music. Do I need to go into itunes first and change some settings before I connect the iPad?
    FYI, I sync'ed my ipod touch yesterday after many new apps were added to my new ipad.... now the ipad apps are also on my ipod where I did not want them.
    Thank You
     

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