A lot of people have asked me about this in terms of the best way to set up their kids on iTunes. To me there are a lot of different variables to consider, but here is how I set up my family in case it works for your situation as well.
1. I set up a “kids” iTunes user ID that all my kids share.
This is the ID that you actually link to the iTunes store for purchase. The reason they share this ID is that all purchases (apps, music, movies, books, etc.) are tied to the ID. What I did NOT want was one daughter buying an app, then later another daughter buying the same app and now we have paid twice. So the deal with the kids is that what one buys they all get. Plain and simple. I know down the road they will probably get a “big kid” account, but then they won’t want all their kids apps and songs anyway so I think I’ll be ok.
One other major advantage now that Apple allows to automatically download new purchases, the kids devices are all up to date without a lot of work and they all immediately get the value of the purchase. Pretty cool. [Read more…]