I've got more than one person downloading apps to my iTunes, and so I'd like to list all apps purchased by one account (meaning the same email address). How can I separate apps like this? I can't seem to find any columns that I can add to the Apps tab to sort apps in this way.

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Currently there is no way to sort them in mass, you could one-by-one right click on each app, select 'Get Info' and then a window will pop up with app info.

Under the summary tab you will see (middle right hand side of the window) 'Purchased By' and 'Account Name'.

Sorry but that's currently the only way. Unless your on a Mac and can code a shell script.

  • Frustrated with there being no way (which was correct at the time of posting), I came up with the shell script below to dump the list. Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 3:03

You can try in Terminal.

$ for f in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Mobile\ Applications/*.ipa ; \
  do (echo "$f" ; unzip -p "$f" "iTunesMetadata.plist" | \
  plutil -p - | egrep -i "\"(itemName|artistName|AppleID)\"" ) | \
  perl -e 'while (<>) { if (m!^/!) { chop; $fqn=$_; } if (m/"(.+)" => (".+")/) { $e{lc($1)}=$2; } } print "\"${fqn}\",$e{\"itemname\"},$e{\"artistname\"},$e{\"appleid\"}\n";'; \

Here is a blogpost where this action is explained.

  • Couldn't get this to work unrecognized option: -p. Any idea how to fix this?
    – Florian
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 16:38
  • According to the OS X man page on unzip, the -p option extracts files to a pipe (stdout). Use an equivalent option, though note this script was intended for OS X. Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 14:52
  • Sorry, I should have been more precise: I'm running this on OS X and the unzip -p part seems to work, but it chokes saying unrecognized option: -p plutil: [command_option] [other_options] file... The file '-' means stdin, followed by the output of plutil --help. I haven't been able to figure out either what -p is supposed to do for plutil. Your help is very much appreciated!
    – Florian
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 15:19
  • The option, which is new to Mountain Lion, dumps out the object in a JSON-like format, fit for human consumption (and thus searchable by a script). I'm surprised Apple's online man page isn't reflecting it, it's used all over the web. (e.g., Google for "plutil -p" and examples come up) I'll see if I can dig up a resource with it. Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 21:27
  • ah bummer, that explains the error, as I'm running 10.7 here and I cannot upgrade for the time being. There wouldn't be a way without the -p that you know of?
    – Florian
    Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 13:02

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