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How to manage multiple iOS devices within a single household

February 15, 2014

Gigaom

Recent research shows us that as high as 40 percent of iPhone owners keep their older phones around as a spare and an additional 20 percent give them to family members. With that many devices in the house, how one manages their accounts — and, more importantly, keeps track of their on-device purchases — can be a daunting task.

Here are some helpful tips for households faced with managing multiple Apple devices so they can stay on top of their iTunes purchases.

Limitations of a single iTunes account

iTunes accounts are limited to five authorized computers and ten iTunes in the Cloud devices. So what is the difference? The five authorized computers are capable of sharing their purchased iTunes content with other devices. You can ‘sync’ to an unlimited number of unmanaged devices like iPods or stream content to networked devices like the Apple TV using iTunes’ Home…

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