My wife has had her iTunes connected with her parents and sister's account since middle school. She hasn't ever synced her iPhone 4 with iTunes in that time, but she wanted to upgrade to iOS 5 to be able to upgrade some apps (pinterest, I think). We created a new iTunes account, and obviously now I can't sync her old songs and apps. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get all of these songs again? She has thousands, so it is not feasible to burn them all to CD then rip them all again (in addition to the quality degradation), and I can't buy them all again.



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It's obvious Apple has a build in procedure to block this kind of actions. Otherwise they would go bankrupt... (Haha :))

However there are some work-arounds:

  • eHow.com has dedicated a tutorial concerning this issue. I haven't tested it, but the intro states it will do what you've asked
  • another way to do so is to just use both account on your iTunes, iPhone, iPad,... I do it with my iPad as well (both US and Belgium account) and yes it's a hassle, but it does the trick. I can access the apps, music and more from both accounts.
  • Thanks Michiel. I was able to authorize my PC with her her parents account, and then have her sign in with her own account. This seems to be working: she can listen to the music she already bought, but all new purchases are on her account. Thanks for the help.
    – Tim
    Sep 7, 2012 at 1:40
  • You're most welcome
    – Michiel
    Sep 7, 2012 at 7:28

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