When I first joined iTunes (just a month or two ago) I made a new Apple ID and iTunes account. My sister had an Apple ID/iTunes account that my mother, sister, and brother used for their devices, but I, not ever having owned an iPod, figured that I could make my own iTunes account so that when I do purchase an iPod, I won't be pestering my sister (the first one in our house to have an iPod) for her Apple ID info. (She's recently left for college and I didn't want to be dependent on her.)

So, I made an account and made use of $65 worth of gift cards that I had sitting around and put them onto my account. Now, my little sister wants some of the songs I've purchased. But when I go to sync her device on my iTunes library, it tells me syncing will erase everything she has on her device and replace it with my library. I don't want that--I just want to share the songs from my iTunes account with her!

Is there any sort of solution or correction?

  • I think what me and my family did in this kind of situation is manually manage the music. This is under the Summary tab, and in the Options area. Check the box Manually manage music. I believe you can just drag songs onto her iPod then. She will have to manage her iTunes library manually, but it is a nice easy way to share songs. Dec 13, 2012 at 2:52

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The issue isn't really iTunes accounts, but rather the syncing — you can only sync an iPod or iOS device with one library at a time.

The easiest solution now that iTunes songs are DRM-free is to copy your songs to her library, and then sync her device to her own library. To locate the actual files, select what you want in iTunes, right click and choose Reveal in Finder.

  • How do I go about copying songs from my library to hers? Copying the files from finder and sending them via e-mail to her? Or make use of the iTunes cloud (which I know nothing about, but I believe clouds are capable of acting like a DropBox)
    – rmarie
    Dec 13, 2012 at 2:35
  • The best way is to drag the files in the Finder to an external drive, then plug the drive into her computer and drag the files into her iTunes library. Alternatively, if you both have recent Macs, you can use AirDrop instead of an external drive. You can also just use standard network sharing, but that can be a bit more complex (there are many guides around though).
    – robmathers
    Dec 13, 2012 at 3:05

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