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I'm considering switching to Mac's for our new in-house marketing and graphic design department. Currently we use CS5 master suite collection and the licenses can be reappointed from pc to Mac.

I don't have access to a Mac or the Mac App Store and have questions about licensing. I'd like to have each computer to have the respective user to load their private iTunes account with their own private purchases. Is it possible to then login to an company iTunes account and install a program like FCP, the switch back to the users account?

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Below is the Apple license agreement for the Mac App store, accessed on 24 January 2012.

According to a layman's reading of the text (I am not and do not pretend to be a lawyer), what you describe should be both possible and allowed under the terms of the license.

You or your IT staff would log in to the Macs, authenticate to the Mac App Store with your company Apple ID, install the App(s), then sign out of the Mac App Store. Your employees could then log in with their personal accounts and install any Apps they may have purchased, although according to the text in section i, they shouldn't do company work with their personal apps.

I hope this is helpful.

From http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/us/terms.html

MAC APP STORE PRODUCT USAGE RULES

Except as otherwise set forth herein,

(i) If you are an individual acting in your personal capacity, you may download and use an application from the Mac App Store (“Mac App Store Product”) for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control.

(ii) If you are a commercial enterprise or educational institution, you may download a Mac App Store Product for use by either (a) a single individual on each of the Mac Computer(s) used by that individual that you own or control or (b) multiple individuals on a single shared Mac Computer that you own or control. For example, a single employee may use a Mac App Store Product on both the employee’s desktop Mac Computer and laptop Mac Computer, or multiple students may serially use a Mac App Store Product on a single Mac Computer located at a resource center or library. For the sake of clarity, each Mac Computer used serially by multiple users requires a separate license.

(iii) Use may require sign-in with the Apple ID used to download the Mac App Store Product from the Mac App Store. Mac App Store Products can be updated through the Mac App Store only.

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In short: Yes.

You can log in and out of iTunes multiple times with different accounts. The applications will be linked to the correct account automatically. Updates will need to be processed by login in and out of the correct account.

I did this for a while between a US and SA account and effectually ended up moving all my purchases to the US account for convenience sake.

The Mac AppStore, unlike the iTunes store, does not offer gifting of Apps or the ability to by volume licenses yet, so creating a single corporate account would be the only option in this scenario.

For clarification, the Mac App Store is separate from iTunes. The iOS App Store is only for purchases on iDevices, where the Mac App Store, a separate application, is for purchases on Mac Desktops/Laptops. You can use the same Apple ID on both thought.

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