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Apple iTunes And The Cloud: The Fine Print

For a certain segment of geeks, checking the changes to the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iTunes Store Terms and Conditions after new features are added or a new version is released is as much a ritual as unboxing. One reason, at least in my case, is that Apple usually requires you to agree to the new terms before you can move another virtual inch. What changed after the WWDC iPalooza?

iBooks really can’t go everywhere: You can shop in the iBookstore via computer but can’t see anything you buy on one; iBookstore purchases can only be read on an iOS device.

Everything really can’t go everywhere: Syncing through the cloud should make it easier to spread media and content across your digital landscape as long as you stay in the Apple universe but it won’t work all the time. Turns out the new iTunes is subject to a lot of the same copyright-related quirks as the last one. The old limitations to five computers remains but the number of devices or “eligible content” is limited too. From the new language:

Association of Associated Devices is subject to the following terms:

(i) You may auto-download iTunes Eligible Content or download previously-purchased iTunes Eligible Content from an Account on up to 10 Associated Devices, provided no more than 5 are iTunes-authorized computers.

(ii) An Associated Device can be associated with only one Account at any given time.

(iii) You may switch an Associated Device to a different Account only once every 90 days.

(iv) You may download previously-purchased free content onto an unlimited number of devices while it is free on the iTunes Service, but on no more than 5 iTunes-authorized computers.

In other words, a girl’s got to know her limitations.

Passwords: Once an account has been authenticated with a password, users will have 15 minutes of password-free use. The clock starts for in-app purchases after the first one, which means the under-age set has 14:59 to buy Smurf accessories or the like before the password has to be keyed in again.

3 Responses to “Apple iTunes And The Cloud: The Fine Print”

  1. Patrick Junkroski

    The Smurf’s comment is gold: that is the exact app that this happened to us on! My wife downloaded it on her iPad for our