Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
All this is so confusing.
So can we take our old, non-iCloud, email@example.com
Apple IDs and have all their purchases transferred to our iCloud accounts yet or not?
I think the base of the confusion is that you can have multiple AppleIDs. If you choose, (pre-iCloud) you can have one that's your apple.com account that your buy gear, another that's your iTunes account, another that's your Mac App Store, one that's mobileMe. In a few weeks you can get another for iCloud. Now, I'd recommend your don't try to sync on a Mac and iDevice with both MobileMe and iCloud because they get it an endless loop on things like bookmarks.
For most MobileMe ID users (like me), we have one iTunes Apple ID that wasusers for, (of course) music, movies, TV series, Movies, and iDevice Apps/books, and we also used the same for the Mac App Store probably just because. Then we have have a MobileMe account that Apple later called an AppleID also that was difficult to combine with pre-existing AppleID used for all that junk above.
The reality is, in the iCloud world, you can exist with both just like we existed with both pre-icloud. ICloud is configured outside of mail accounts and the iTunes config on devices, Macs and PCs. Now the trick is iTunes Match. Guess which it uses. Next becomes expanding storage with your new iCloud AppleID. I haven't done that yet cause I pay enough to beta this stuff.
Edit: Oh, I guess to answer your question - yes. You can use an existing AppleID when you first sign on to the iCloud world as long as it's a conventional non-Me email. There's a different migration process for MobileMe addresses. Again- there were reported problems with people migrating the primary MobileMe iD that admin'd family account ts to being about to admin their MobileMe anymore. I did not do any migration or reuse of existing IDs during the beta because all new iCloud IDs and data could be wiped at any time and would be wiped at the end of dev beta.
Damn, I hope this helps. Confusing at first, yes. Worse if you're a MobileMe user. Pretty painless if you're not.
Edit 2: it might help to realize that your purchases associated with the Mac App Store and iTunes IDs are associated with and AppleID but not a field that you can change. They say changing the name won't impact your credit for past purchases.
Editorial: IMHO the idea to make the Mac App Store AppleID that can be different than the others had to be necessary to support corporate environment software licensing.