Someday – hopefully not today – I shall shuffle off this mortal coil, and then what will happen to my iTunes collection? Is there some way of transferring ownership of media I’ve purchased from Apple?
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If you peruse Apple’s license agreements, the answer is no. This piece of prose from Apple’s legal department says this about apps:
“You may not rent, lease, lend, sell, transfer, redistribute, or sublicense the Licensed Application and, if you sell your Mac Computer or iOS Device to a third party, you must remove the Licensed Application from the Mac Computer or iOS Device before doing so.”
There’s nothing in Apple’s iTunes Store Terms and Conditions documentation specific to movies, music, audiobooks, and ebooks, but we assume the same restrictions apply. Given that, Apple seems to be within its rights to say that when you expire, so does your purchased media. However, a direct appeal to the iTunes support team is worth a try. You might scribble this address on the bottom of your Last Will and Testament: iTunesStoreSupport@apple.com.
There are a couple of other things you can do while you’re still numbered among the living. If there’s copy-protected iTunes music in your library, it can be burned to a CD and that CD ripped to another copy of iTunes to remove the copy protection. Or, you could convert your protected music to the iTunes Plus format, thus removing its protection. You could also provide your next of kin with your Apple ID, password, and payment details so they can access your account, then they can change the payment and contact information. We can’t swear it’ll work, but it may be worth a shot.