Lots of folks have been complaining about the iPad's identity confusion -- you can't set up separate accounts for different users so everyone's stuff and settings are jumbled together. Now for people wanting to use Apple's new iCloud, the login for the iTunes store and the email account for MobileMe better match. That's because only one login seems to dictate all data -- from music purchased to contacts and email to stored files.
Already, some complaints are cropping up. Attorney and blogger David Sparks notes:
When I joined .Mac so many moons ago, I created a separate Apple ID, my .MAC account (which later became my MobileMe account). This has never been a problem. I’ve bought lots of apps, books, music, and video with the old iTunes account and the MobileMe account handles e-mail, calendar, and address book.
So what happens now? If I convert my MobileMe account to an iCloud account it will see none of my apps, books, music, and video. If I want to use iCloud for my purchased content AND my MobileMe related data, how am I going to pull that off?
I suspect I’m not alone. We’ll see.
-MacSparky blog, June 6, 2011
Lots of commenters already on that post.
Stephen Hackett has the shared accounts version of the problem:
My wife and I share a family account. I’ve used the main ID for years to purchase content on both of our devices, with our family accounts for MobileMe syncing. This has worked great, since MobileMe and iTunes have been separate. However, with iCloud’s smash-it-all-together philosophy, I think I’m going to be going back to my main account for sync, and be buying apps under my wife’s account very soon.
Which bums me out.
-Forkbombr blog, June 7, 2011