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Apple Begins Asking Developers to Turn On Family Sharing for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Apps

Just a couple days after announcing Family Sharing, a feature that allows families to share iTunes and App Store purchases, Apple has begun emailing developers to ask them to turn on the feature in their iTunes Connect developer portal.

While Family Sharing is a significant addition to the App Store, the opt-in requirement for developers could see some declining to allow their apps to be shared amongst as many as six accounts with no extra charge.

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To make your apps available as part of Family Sharing, agree to the updated iOS Paid Applications and/or Mac Paid Applications agreement in Contracts, Tax and Banking on iTunes Connect. To ensure that Family Sharing is also enabled for previously purchased apps, leave the appropriate checkbox selected on the agreements page.
Family Sharing also allows families to share calendars, reminders, photos and locations. It also allows parents to monitor and approve downloads and purchases made by their children remotely. The feature is likely to get turned on and tested in the iOS 8 betas before going live when iOS 8 is available for the public later this year.

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16 weeks ago
Here's a nugget that most people don't know about. You could always share purchased iPhone/iPad apps among your family using Apple's Home Sharing feature in iTunes which has been available for many years now. This new Family Sharing thing is just more visible, adds more features, and is more automated.

Also MacRumors should clarify that from now on, it appears Family Sharing is required when selling in the App Store. There is nothing to turn on or off for developers. The only thing the checkbox applies to is for previously purchased apps.
Rating: 19 Votes
16 weeks ago
This is one of those things that a developer would need a really good reason not to allow this. Otherwise it may come across as a dev just being greedy. It's going to be a fine balance!

That said, I'm really looking forward to this for iTunes music/movies purchases.
Rating: 11 Votes
16 weeks ago
When I was a kid, I would never share games with my sister.

Reflecting back on many years ago, it is a good thing to share.
Rating: 9 Votes
16 weeks ago
First... Family Sharing doesn't enable anything new. Between Home Sharing and just plain syncing apps to a device, it was possible to do much of this before. This just makes it simple, ubiquitous and adds explicit protection against "my kid send $2,000 in gumdrops in his game".

From the bit of text in the article and what I've experienced at Apple, this won't be opt-in in the sense you think; I read this as allow sharing or don't agree to the new terms and you're not a developer any longer.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago

Did anyone else read the first few lines of this image in the 1984 commercial voice?


:confused:

WTF?
Rating: 5 Votes
16 weeks ago

Doesn't that require iTunes?


It requires a single apple account which for me started off as fine but is now a pain as my kids grow and clearly don't want to be limited to my sole access to the account password.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago

Here's a nugget that most people don't know about. You could always share purchased iPhone/iPad apps among your family using Apple's Home Sharing feature in iTunes which has been available for many years now. This new Family Sharing thing is just more visible, adds more features, and is more automated.


Home sharing lets you share content across different devices using the same apple id. Family sharing lets you share content across 6 different apple id's. it's quite different.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago

You can do this now with movies and music with home sharing.


Kinda sort of.

Currently if I am signed into my Apple TV, I can't see the movies my mom has purchased and vice versa. And since we all want to be able to see the same movies at a time on the ATV, we end up buying them all my account, even though many of those movies I don't even care for personally.

It's a rather specific problem, but sadly Home Sharing doesn't quite do what I would like.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago
Family Sharing sounds great, except all the accounts must be tied to the same credit card, which makes it irrelevant for us, since we all have our own accounts linked to our own cards.

At first, my wife was the only one with an iTunes account, so we'd all use her account to purchase music/apps/games.
Then I got my own account with my own CC, and could not transfer certain purchases. Annoying, but what the heck, so be it. our son continued to purchase through my wife's account.
Last December he got his iPhone and we encouraged him to open his own Apple account with his debit card, and he did. He had accumulated quite a number of purchases on my wife's account, but what the heck, so be it.

So when they announced Family Sharing last Monday I jumped for joy, only to immediately deflate when they added that it would apply to accounts tied to the same card.

That sucks. Apple, there has to be a better way to allow us to transfer purchases from one account to another.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago
I stand corrected. I am now playing RiskHD which I purchased through my wife's account on my iPad, which is linked to my account.

Thank you, newagemac.

But like you said, Apple's support document could have been clearer about the distinction between the Homesharing AppleID and iTunes account AppleID's.

Also, you will need to have at least one Mac, and iDevices need to be synced to iTunes/Mac to transfer purchases.

edit:
In fact, now I fear that FamilyShare will replace HomeShare and all accounts would have to be tied to the same CC. HomeShare is a little convoluted, but now that I have figured it out, it's pretty straightforward (apart from the ridiculously arcane syncing to iTunes process, but that is a different story). At least it does not care about which CC is on file with which ID.
Rating: 2 Votes

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