My husband and I decided to go separate ways, it’s all quite amicable, but one of the hardest things about the break up seems to be how to split the iTunes account ;-)
We have used a shared iTunes account for Music, Books and App purchases. This account is also set up for iTunes Match.
We both have another separate iTunes account for iCloud (contacts, calendars, photostream etc.) but our joint music collection is about 15000 songs and we have a lot of iPhone apps.
I would like my husband to be able to continue use the apps & music we bought together but going forward for each of us to buy their own stuff and manage the music libraries / app collections independently. As the shared purchasing account is under my main e-mail I would need to keep this account and set him up for something new.
For the music, I think it might be easiest if I take the music files (that I have backed up on a hard disk), open a new iTunes match under his name (e.g. under the iTunes account he uses for iCloud now) and import all music to that new account (?). And then have his devices sync with that Match account and not with mine anymore. Most of the music is from CDs, but will he lose what was bought on iTunes under my account this way, or is this all DRM free now? Also, is there any way to copy the playlists we currently have as a starting point so he does not need to start from scratch?
And what could I do for the apps? I would like him to continue to have access to the ones he is using, so he can keep updating them and does not have to download everything again (a lot are free apps, so its not the money but the hassle).Is there a way to work through home sharing (I don’t mind letting him have one of my 5 “activations” for my account).
But with homesharing can he delete stuff like a song or an app, or change playlists on his computer without messing with my collection?
How would you suggest we best do this? we used to share the Mac at home too, but he now has a new one so is starting from scratch on that one. Can I just copy the Media Library over and activate his computer for homesharing my account?.
I’d be extremely grateful for a simple explanation for a “non-techie”. As mentioned the Media Library on his Mac is currently empty. We both have iPhones and iPads that we sync via iCloud and we both use iTunes Match.
Also I have searched the forum for similar issues, but topics that seemed similar were all related to old versions of iTunes and having just switched to iTunes 11 makes it even more difficult as I am still trying to find the basics there. Hope there is a simple way. Thanks a lot for your help