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I just bought an used iPod Touch 4G running iOS 5 for my son. The person had a ton of legit apps & games on it. My son did not want to lose those, but he is unable to load up any music. When he hooked it up to his PC, it prompted for the iTunes password of the previous owner.

  • Will switching to his iTunes account make all the apps and games on the iPod Touch useless?

  • Does he need to authorize the iPod to his PC ?

  • Is there a way that he can load music up and maintain all the existing apps?

  • Would jailbreaking help?

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Purchases are linked to the Apple ID.

Your devices may only sync content that they are authorized for. They can be synced with any device (up to 10) that is authorized to the ID.

This is an extract from the apple support website:

If you want to transfer iTunes Store purchases from an iOS device or iPod to a computer, be sure to authorize the computer before connecting the device.

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Important: Clicking Erase and Sync will delete any existing content currently on your device. The content will be replaced with whatever existing content is in the current iTunes library your device is connected to. If there is no content in the iTunes library, nothing will be synced to your device, and your device will be empty.

iTunes will begin copying any purchases made with any account for which the computer is authorized.

Jailbreaking might offer possibilities to bypass the restrictions, but it'll be against apple's licensing terms (copying the content to unauthorized devices that is).

I believe this would require to jailbreak iTunes on your Mac aswell for syncing to work - and I do not know if there are solutions to this.

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