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Home Sharing Apps = less money for Devs?

09-09-2009, 06:06 PM
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Home Sharing Apps = less money for Devs?

Just wondered how Devs feel now that you can share your Apps with up to 5 other computers on a LAN in iTunes 9, essentially meaning only one person has to buy the App and then he / she can share it with their friends!
09-09-2009, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by FlawlessCowboy View Post
Just wondered how Devs feel now that you can share your Apps with up to 5 other computers on a LAN in iTunes 9, essentially meaning only one person has to buy the App and then he / she can share it with their friends!
Apple has always supported sharing paid content with 5 computers. That is not a change. The only change is that now you don't have to all be on the same computer - but the limitations still prevail - it won't be any different than is has been since the iTunes store opened. This won't turn anything into a massive share fest. Most people probably will not have any interest in having their neighbors be able to use their LANs - as sharing the iTunes apps won't be the only thing that is shared - you open up your LAN - its carte blanche to your computer...

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09-09-2009, 06:33 PM
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Apple has always supported sharing paid content with 5 computers. That is not a change. The only change is that now you don't have to all be on the same computer - but the limitations still prevail - it won't be any different than is has been since the iTunes store opened. This won't turn anything into a massive share fest. Most people probably will not have any interest in having their neighbors be able to use their LANs - as sharing the iTunes apps won't be the only thing that is shared - you open up your LAN - its carte blanche to your computer...
i opened home sharing but i dont know how to use it

Made that a while ago for AquaGlobs .
09-09-2009, 06:47 PM
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Apple has always supported sharing paid content with 5 computers. That is not a change. The only change is that now you don't have to all be on the same computer - but the limitations still prevail - it won't be any different than is has been since the iTunes store opened. This won't turn anything into a massive share fest. Most people probably will not have any interest in having their neighbors be able to use their LANs - as sharing the iTunes apps won't be the only thing that is shared - you open up your LAN - its carte blanche to your computer...
Fair enough, I was unaware of this. But maybe this shows why it may hurtful to Devs now because it has been brought more into the spotlight.

My point still stands - I could buy the TomTom app, and then share it with my 4 friends for free as long as we are on a LAN. So instead of making £300, they make only £60!
09-10-2009, 01:12 AM
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They have to be on the same iTunes account, not just the same LAN, so in my opinion it's no different than it has been. It's always been easy to share apps. For example I have an iPhone and my wife has an iPod touch. We both use the same iTunes account on our devices, so if she buys an app, I can go to the app store and download it, as soon as it starts to install it says I have already bought the app and can download it again for free.
09-10-2009, 10:25 AM
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Can two iPhones share the same account? My wife and I have been debating getting iPhones at some point and it would be nice to share all the apps I've purchased between them...

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09-10-2009, 10:31 AM
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Yes, 2 iPhones can sync to the same computer. If you are syncing to different computers, then you will have to have your iTunes account on both computers.

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09-11-2009, 05:08 PM
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http://appadvice.com/appnn/2009/09/i...sales-to-drop/

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If you are anything like me, you probably couldnít wait to start downloading iTunes 9 just so you could get some hands-on time with it. The thrill of first firing up a new piece of software can literally send tingles down your spine. Hours can be spent digging around and messing with new features, but one developer thinks that these new features, this having to dig around is actually negatively affecting app sales.

Powerybase, the developer of NotifyMe, has just posted an in-depth analysis on why they believe iTunes 9 is causing their app sales to drop by a hefty 20 percent. Apparently it isnít just one thing either, itís quite a few things.
My guess is the fact that App sharing is now more so, public knowledge.

I'd also like to point out, I was following the keynote on around 3 different websites (Macworld, Engadget and I can't remember the last one). When the info popped up about Home Sharing / App sharing, it came as a suprise to all of them and they all mentioned how they'd get 'confirmation' on the ability to share Apps.

I imagine since the keynote, this has got alot of press on Mac related sites since the ones I followed seemed to know nothing of the ability to share apps. It seems this has had a detrimental effect on App store sales, as the article above, suggests.
09-11-2009, 05:27 PM
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My wife and I share apps on our two phones. It's always been supported by iTunes, as has been said, so long as it's all from the same computer. Bear in mind however that the phones/touches that sync those apps must be authorized on the computer that paid for them; you can't just bring friends over and sync whatever you downloaded to their devices if their devices have already been authorized on another computer; if you want to do that, you'd have to authorize their devices for your computer, and that will wipe all of their existing content and make it so that they can only sync on your computer.

They could install on-device using your account login and password, but unless they want to set their own iTunes at home up with your login and password to the store (thus becoming one of the 5 authorized computers), they won't be able to sync it back to their home computer.

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09-11-2009, 05:37 PM
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This has already been pointed out and I have acknowledged the fact that this has long been something that iTunes store users have been able to do.

My point is, however, that it seems regardless of this fact, many many people such as myself and it seems alot of the Mac related journalistic websites, were not aware of such a thing.

Do the Devs think now that is has been so publicy announced that it will harm sales on the App store? The article I posted above seems to prove this fact, no?