Two iPads - One iTunes

August 23, 2010 at 07:52:19
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Jan Groshan
Jul 17, 11:37 am

Can I sync two different iPads to one iTunes. This would be for syncing purposes only. We have two separate iTunes accounts.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:03:50
Mike Rosenberg
Jul 17, 12:07 pm

Jan Groshan <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:
> Can I sync two different iPads to one iTunes. This would be for syncing purposes only. We have two separate iTunes accounts.

No problem. You can sync mutliple iPads, iPods and iPhones to one
computer. Each device, however, is limited to doing a full sync with
that one computer.

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DevilsPGD
Jul 18, 1:06 am

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mikeP...@TOGROUPmacconsult.com (Mike Rosenberg) was claimed to have
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>Jan Groshan <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:

>> Can I sync two different iPads to one iTunes. This would be for syncing purposes only. We have two separate iTunes accounts.

>No problem. You can sync mutliple iPads, iPods and iPhones to one computer.

Sure, but different iTunes accounts? I expect that will get very annoying very quickly since iTunes normally merges the app folders.

You'll end up with applications being signed for one account or the other and the other generates errors.

That being said, if the user uses different user accounts on their computer then they get separate iTunes profiles too and can safely use separate iTunes accounts.

If the users share one computer account they'll probably need to share
one iTunes account too.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:08:27
Robert Haar
Jul 19, 7:27 pm

On 7/17/10 11:37 AM, "Jan Groshan" <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:
> Can I sync two different iPads to one iTunes. This would be for syncing purposes only. We have two separate iTunes accounts.

Can you be a bit clearer on what you want to accomplish? Why do you want two iTunes accounts? Is this for two different people?
Do you want one iTunes library that contains the combination of the material associated with both accounts?

Or do you want each account to have a separate iTunes library?

If it is for two separate people with separate iTunes libraries, you can
easily accomplish this by creating different log in IDs for the two users.

You can have separate iTunes libraries on one user but it requires a bit of work and you need to select the library when you run iTunes.


Jan Groshan
Jul 20, 10:14 am

My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to leave this as they are.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:13:11
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Jul 20, 11:38 am

In article <-tqdnePVoaylMtjRnZ2dnUVZ_tGdn...@giganews.com>,
"Jan Groshan" <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:

> My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to leave this as they are.

Somewhat similar computer setup for my wife and myself. In response,
we've each created a separate user account for the other on our own
machines (you do this using System Preferences >> Accounts >>
"+-sign-icon" >> "Create Account" on a Mac).

Having done this, we've installed duplicates of some of our primary apps -- for instance, email clients, browsers, or word-processing apps, if we use different ones on our individual machines -- or at least the setting files for these apps, if we use the same ones -- copied from our own individual machines into these user accounts on the partner machines.

Net result is that if either machine fails, its owner can at least limp along for a while, doing some of their regular communicating or other tasks by logging into their user account on the partner's machine.

Maybe you already know all this --??? -- but if not, I think that's what others were suggesting you do with your iTunes and iPod management.

(I can't advise on any details of do this with iPods, however, since I live -- Thank God! -- in an iTunes-free environment.)

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August 23, 2010 at 08:15:22
Doug Anderson
Jul 20, 11:40 am

"Jan Groshan" <jan...@pacbell.net> writes:
> My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to leave this as they are.

I think your original question was the opposite of the question you meant to ask. You asked if two iPads can sync to one iTunes. The answer is absolutely yes, but then you have exactly the same thing on the two iPads.

It sounds like what you really wanted was for each iPad to sync to _both_ accounts. This would only work well if iPads were set up to be multi-user devices (so you could choose which account to be using). They aren't set up that way, at least not right now.

I do something just slightly like what you are talking about. My iPod syncs podcasts from one computer, and some other things from a different computer. But if I were to (say) sync podcasts from _both_ computers then my iPod would just have the podcasts from whichever computer I'd connected to most recently.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:20:57
Davoud
Jul 20, 12:01 pm

Jan Groshan:
> My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to leave this as they are.

Only you know what is best for you, of course, but I think that the overwhelming majority of users would consider it a mistake to have two iTunes accounts in the same household. Buy a book, movie, whatever, from the iTunes store and it can only go on one of the iPads--the one tied to the account under which it was purchased. No sharing between iPads. Want the same music, books, movies on more two computers and two iPads/iPhones/iPods? Buy everything twice. That doesn't make sense -- to most people.

One option is to alternate between the accounts. Sync the iPad with the "other" account to get that content. All the content on the iPad that is linked to the other account erased (but is still on the computer, so you can always switch accounts again). That's the really, really hard way--the one that doesn't make sense (to most people). You can't maintain continuity with *any* purchased content that way unless you have purchased it twice.

This need not be confusing. If you don't have a great deal invested in content on one of the two accounts (this doesn't include music copied from your own CD's or Kindle Books, or anything else not from the iTunes store), you *may* want to stop using the account that has the *least* purchased iTunes content (because you're going to abandon that content). Choose one account (the one that has the most $ investment in content from the iTunes store) and sync both iPads with that account. Simply stop using the other account; make sure that all computers log into the chosen account.

Doing the above will allow (but not require) everything to be shared. My wife and I have our iPads and iPhones and iPods linked to one account. They are configured and loaded quite differently because for each device we can choose among the content available under that account--but there are also some purchased applications we both use, and some music that we both like. The entire collection is available to both of us--and five Macs besides.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:23:52
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Jul 20, 12:17 pm

In article <-tqdnePVoaylMtjRnZ2dnUVZ_tGdn...@giganews.com>, Jan Groshan
<jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:
> My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to

> leave this as they are.

don't you have backups of your computers? if one crashes, you will have your ipad data and everything else too.


Robert Haar
Jul 20, 8:32 pm

On 7/20/10 10:14 AM, "Jan Groshan" <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:
> My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to leave this as they are.

So you want the same iTunes content on each computer - right? What I would do is to create a single shared iTunes library that is available to both computers and have both people place content into it. The iTunes library would physically reside on one and be accessed on the other as a share folder.

I would also set up am automatic backup (maybe using Chronosync) that copies the iTunes library to the other computer periodically to get the back up.

In any case, you should have regular back ups that are separate from either computer, ideally at a different location.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:28:56
Jan Groshan
Jul 20, 10:59 pm

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I love newsgroups. Everyone is always so helpful. Even better than tech support in most cases !

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Jan
Jul 20, 11:54 pm

Thanks. Guess we're better off using separate computers to back up our ipads. I have an iTunes account and so does my husband...and we each have our computers. Our thought was to sync our ipads to both computers "just in case"...but it doesn't look like that's going to be a good idea.

Mike Rosenberg <mikeP...@TOGROUPmacconsult.com> wrote:
> Jan Groshan <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:

>> Can I sync two different iPads to one iTunes. This would be for syncing purposes only. We have two separate iTunes accounts.

> No problem. You can sync mutliple iPads, iPods and iPhones to one computer. Each device, however, is limited to doing a full sync with that one computer.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:33:22
Paul Murray
Jul 21, 4:42 am

On 2010-07-20, Doug Anderson <ethelthelogremovet...@gmail.com> wrote:

> "Jan Groshan" <jan...@pacbell.net> writes:
>> My husband and I each have iPads. We each have our own iTunes account. We each have our own computers. The thought was to sync his iPad to my computer and my iPad to his computer....just so we have a backup in case one of our computers crashes. However, this has gotten so confusing we're just going to leave this as they are.

> I think your original question was the opposite of the question you meant to ask. You asked if two iPads can sync to one iTunes. The answer is absolutely yes, but then you have exactly the same thing on the two iPads.

You don't, actually. You can set iTunes to sync each device with a separate playlist, rather than the entire library. I have an iPod classic, iTouch and iPad all syncing different things from the same library.


Eric
Jul 21, 5:54 am

In article
<706432238301199267.010722jangro-pacbell....@news.giganews.com>,
Jan <jan...@pacbell.net> wrote:
> Thanks. Guess we're better off using separate computers to back up our ipads. I have an iTunes account and so does my husband...and we each have our computers. Our thought was to sync our ipads to both computers "just in case"...but it doesn't look like that's going to be a good idea.

If you have recent versions of OS X and iTunes, you can enable Home Sharing (this is not the same as the older sharing your library, and the Help system does not seem to cover it). This will let you import content from one computer to the other (and vice versa) except for rental movies. You need to each have an account on each computer, with accounts (in the same name) on each computer using the same iTunes account (so you each still have your own iTunes account). This should let each of you cross save and backup your iPad material on a different computer.

Try http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3819 and
http://www.apple.com/itunes/whats-n...

I have not really pushed this home sharing system, as I lack the space on my MacBook Air to duplicate my main system. However the bits I did duplicate worked.

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August 23, 2010 at 08:36:50
Allistar
Jul 21, 5:36 pm

A problem I have found with doing this is that on my iPod I want all music, but on my iPhone I only want a subset of my music. So I set up a "For iPhone" playlist and into that I add songs I specifically want on the phone. This works from the point of view of the iPhone, but I don't want the "For iPhone" playlist on the iPod. Is there a way of syncing all music to the iPod, but not a particular play list?
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Jul 21, 5:39 pm

In article <IcqdnUz7KNGS9drRnZ2dnUVZ_oSdn...@giganews.com>, Allistar

<m...@hiddenaddress.com> wrote:
> A problem I have found with doing this is that on my iPod I want all music, but on my iPhone I only want a subset of my music. So I set up a "For iPhone" playlist and into that I add songs I specifically want on the phone.

> This works from the point of view of the iPhone, but I don't want the "For iPhone" playlist on the iPod. Is there a way of syncing all music to the iPod, but not a particular play list?

make a smart playlist that excludes the iphone playlist and sync that.


Marc Stibane
Aug 6, 4:45 pm

Davoud <s...@sky.net> wrote:
> This need not be confusing. If you don't have a great deal invested in content on one of the two accounts (this doesn't include music copied from your own CD's or Kindle Books, or anything else not from the iTunes store), you *may* want to stop using the account that has the *least* purchased iTunes content (because you're going to abandon that content). Choose one account (the one that has the most $ investment in content from the iTunes store) and sync both iPads with that account. Simply stop using the other account; make sure that all computers log into the chosen account.

This is not neccessary.

iP*s don't sync with an account, they sync with an iTunes library. And you can have several accounts within the same library. So there's no need to abandon content you bought on one of your accounts.

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