You hit the nail on the head. I am guessing that if Apple allowed you to convert these accounts, they would be acknowledging that people lied about their kids' age during the creation of an iCloud account. Thus, this might open up a liability issue in the form of a class action. Just a guess.
But the problem remains. I have held off from the Family sharing for this reason and a few others.
I do not agree with the premise of this article that says,
Automatic downloads does not need to be turned on for the single account solution to work. In fact, I would say it works better if it is not. We use it in our family and my son says, "Dad, I want to buy this game. Is it ok?" I buy it on my device and then he downloads it on his. Yes, it is not as eloquent as Family sharing, but is a little human face to face interaction so bad?
As a registered developer, Apple asked me a few months ago to accept the terms of Family Sharing. Without reading the legalese, I took this to mean apps sold by developers who didn't accept the Family Sharing terms couldn't be used by more than the organizing AppleID. Does anybody know how commonly developers have accepted the Family Sharing terms? Has anyone seen an app that isn't usable by a family member?
wubbus wrote: »
My wife and I set up family sharing with me as the family organizer. I Started downloading a bunch of songs she had purchased under her Apple ID. Worked for some but the rest now just appear "greyed out" in my Music app and won't play. Tried deleting them and downloading again but just gives me "unable to download song" errors. Any ideas?
oberpongo wrote: »
Its a great Concept But all Family members have to be in the same country. They need to work on multiple country support. For ex pats this is a hassle.
genovelle wrote: »
I think that's how they make sure we aren't just sharing with anyone outside the family. Otherwise what would stop you from just sharing with anyone you just happen to know.
dewme wrote: »
Seriously? This would amount to any group of people agreeing to share purchases with no central metering mechanism. So you, your girlfriend, and everyone on your soccer team decide to become a sharing family and app developers take it up the #** on their income? Why would Apple want to screw app developers over like this? I think what they've done is a reasonable compromise.
elijahg wrote: »
They could check the credit cards were registered at the same address. Easy.
You understand it's not meant for you to share with your *ADULT* kids, right?
Anyone else had the problem where notifications are locking up devices? Seems more than a couple of us are having serious issues approving and using Family Sharing.
"We are having the strangest problem with family sharing. When my 13 year old daughter, who is set up for Ask To Buy, requests to download an app, or purchase an in-app, my wife and I both receive notifications on our phones and iPads. However when we try to select them from the notification dropdown screen the phone seems to lock up. The top bar with the battery and signal strength meters gets dark and looks distorted and nothing works on the phone/ipad. I can't scroll through the notifications or close the screen. I can push the home button and get back to the home screen but it freezes there for 10-15 seconds. The notifications are not availble under the icloud/family sharing menus in settings like there where originally and the only place I can find the notification is in the pull down screen. Still, touching them freezes the device.
This behavior is occuring on both of our iphone 6's and both of our iPads. Everyone is running IOS 8.1.1. We have four members of Family Sharing (2 adults and 2 kids 13 and 15).
I have no idea what is going on. I even removed each of the kids from Family Sharing and just added one back at a time. Notification behavior was the same.
I also completly deleted the Family Share and then recreated it. Still, all notifications freeze the adult devices. What the heck?"
Why not? If I could share with my mother, why not my adult children? More importantly, why can't I loan them my movies?
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