Apple Still Working on Allowing Merging of Apple IDs

Tuesday October 18, 2011 12:10 PM PDT by Eric Slivka
Last month, we noted that Apple was aware of and working on the issue of users having multiple Apple IDs and seeking to merge them into a single account. MobileMe users in particular have been affected by the issue, as many of them had one ID for their MobileMe account and a separate account for iTunes Store purchases.

With the transition to iCloud for cross-device syncing and deeper integration, more users are interested in merging their accounts together so that a single Apple ID can be used for iCloud and past and future iTunes Store purchases. At the time, we reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook had emailed a customer to inform them that Apple was indeed working on the issue, but with the release of iCloud no solution has yet been deployed. Apple is instead offering guidelines for managing multiple Apple IDs.

But those still hoping for a merging solution may be able to continue holding out hope, as Tim Cook appears to have reached out again, this time in a phone call to a customer in Luxembourg, once again noting that Apple is working on the issue. The report from wort.lu describes Cook's response to the customer's email sent two days prior.
Henrique [Xavier] pointed out that with the recent launch of iCloud and iOS 5 upgrade software on 12 October, everyone has at least 2 Apple ID’s, one before Apple’s “MobileMe” was launched, and one after. “Now, people have a library that has been split in half and we can't take advantage of the new features of iOS 5” he stated.

Tim Cook’s response was swift, and telephoning Henrique in Luxembourg direct from Apple HQ in Cupertino explained, “Thank you very much for your email, and I just want you to know we are aware of this issue and are working on it”.
Interestingly, the report notes that Xavier received a follow-up call from Apple's European offices in Ireland offering him a "direct line" for future feedback on the company's products.

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39 months ago
Tim Cook is the man!
Rating: 13 Votes
39 months ago
Definitely looking forward to having only one Apple ID.
Rating: 10 Votes
39 months ago
This is something that really couldn't come soon enough, i've currently got 3 accounts, a me.com, a hotmail for my UK iTunes and a gmail for my US purchases.
Rating: 7 Votes
39 months ago

Tim Cook is the man!

More importantly, your avatar is awesome. :)
Rating: 6 Votes
39 months ago
I'm glad to see that Cook is taking the problem seriously and giving it his personal attention.

Solving this long standing and highly irritating problem will definitely earn him some points with Apple customers.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago
I do wonder though, it would be interesting to hear why it's taking so long to figure out how to merge IDs.
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago
Fix it, Apple. NOW! Such a PITA.

Glad to hear they're working on it!
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago
Lets hope this gets done sooner the later. As others have mentioned it is a PITA.
Rating: 3 Votes
39 months ago

What is required is the generation of a super account which is the parent of all others leaving each of them to stand alone but allowing the user to login and use them all with the super account. They can then select the identity they wish to work with.

That makes sense. Let each of us manage our own Apple IDs as we see fit, with multiple Apple IDs belonging to one account. That's much like what I've already done with our MobileMe Family account.

Just a guess but maybe it's related to DRM. Your purchases have your ID embedded within, so all you DRM enabled applications would also have to be updated to understand how your multiple IDs are connected. Or you'd have to be issued new copies of all your purchases.

The embedded IDs don't have to change, as long as they follow davidramsay's suggestion. Verifying the embedded ID will look up that ID and find it belongs to your account, whether or not other IDs also belong to your account.
Rating: 3 Votes
39 months ago

I do wonder though, it would be interesting to hear why it's taking so long to figure out how to merge IDs.


Just a guess but maybe it's related to DRM. Your purchases have your ID embedded within, so all you DRM enabled applications would also have to be updated to understand how your multiple IDs are connected. Or you'd have to be issued new copies of all your purchases.
Rating: 3 Votes

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