Just been having a (thrilling) read through the iTunes Terms & Conditions to clarify a few things about purchasing iPad apps for multiple iPads. Do you need one Apple ID for each iPad? Or can you use a sync & charge device to copy your purchased apps onto 16 other iPads?
Here are some suggestions I’ve had:
- You can have up to 5 iPads attached to one Apple ID, so you’ll only need to buy apps for a fifth of your iPads.
- Set up one master Apple ID, load it up with iTunes gift vouchers and then gift all the apps to Gmail accounts you have made for each of your iPads. That way you’ll be licensed, but don’t have to set up an Apple ID for each iPad.
The only problem with these is that it doesn’t reflect the iTunes Terms & Conditions!
1. With serial users on one iPad, you must have one Apple ID per iPad
It’s a bit of a pain, and I wish that Apple would hurry up with their Volume Purchase Program to make this easier. But even with that, if you buy 45 copies of ‘Pages’, you still get 45 app codes that need to be redeemed on the 45 Apple IDs on your 45 iPads. The process might be easier but it still assumes one Apple ID per iPad for serial users.
2. You can’t use an iTunes gift voucher balance to gift apps
In order to gift apps to a multitude of iPad email addresses, you’d need to to set up the school credit card on one of the Apple IDs (with a hefty credit limit… 45x£50=£2250). Or just buy gift vouchers for each iPad.
Now, all of this is me talking from no experience whatsoever! I’d love to hear what other people are doing out there when it comes to managing multiple iPads.