Lockamy, on 08 May 2011 - 02:55 PM, said:
I've had an Ipod for some time now. I now have an Ipod Nano. For Christmas I got my wife an Ipod (Itouch). My iTunes account has always been on our main desktop PC and I set my wife's account up on a laptop that we have with a second e-mail address. Now the laptop (which was rarely used) is dying and I'm not real interested in investing several hundered dollars just to have a separate "computer" for her Itouch. Is there a way to set up two separate iTunes accounts on our desktop PC?
Thanks in advance.
Just to clarify...
When you say "iTunes account", do you mean the actual iTunes account (that you log into by using your email address that you use to make purchases from the iTunes Store? Or do you mean just an iTunes setup that you use to sync your iPod to?
You should note that you can sync multiple iPods(/iPhones/iPads) to iTunes without changing iTunes libraries, iTunes Store accounts, or User logins for a computer.
Now, if you have setup an actual second iTunes account linked to a second email address, then all purchases (with the exception of most music as most music from the iTunes Store is now DRM free) are linked to that account. Thus, if your wife used her account to purchase movies or TV shows (and maybe apps...but I am not completely sure on that), then iTunes will need to be logged into that account when you sync those videos to the iPod Touch.
If that is the case, there are several ways to deal with it...
1) The most straight forward way, but kind of a pain in the rear, is just to combine the libraries onto the one computer. Everything will be in one library. You will just need to remember to log into her account when you want to sync any paid video content (and possibly apps) to her iPod Touch. As such, any time she wants to sync her iPod Touch, you would have to make sure that you are logged into her iTunes account.
2) Setup a separate library for iTunes, but under the same user account in Windows. This one keeps the two libraries separate, but I believe it keeps the need to continually log in and out of iTunes accounts as logging into such accounts is NOT tied to a specific library. Thus, this is very similar to #1, but actually more of a pain in the rear...you would have to remember to start up in the appropriate library as well as log into the correct iTunes account.
3) The overall best option would likely be to setup another user account on the desktop computer (what kind is it by the way? What OS is it running?). Then when your wife wants to sync her iPod, she logs into the computer with her own user account and then iTunes will be all setup for her to sync...it should remember her library and her iTunes account. When you want to sync stuff with your iPod, you log into the computer with the current user account.
4) This is a variation on #1. If she has not bought few or any videos, then you could just abandon her account. Just combine any music she bought into your iTunes library and just start syncing her iPod Touch with your account. The wildcard in this scenario would be the apps. Any free apps are a non-issue...you just re-download them again. It will be paid for apps the might be a problem. I don't know if you can "transfer" paid apss from one account to another. In other words, I don't recall if apps are hard tied to the account or not.
Good riddance PCWorld.