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Workaround lets iPhone users share apps

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed July 23, 2008

Workaround lets iPhone use

Developer Melvin Rivera has posted a workaround for sharing iPhone apps on his All Forces blog. The simple workaround takes advantage of Apple's Fairplay, which allows users to sync up to five computers with each iTunes account, along with unlimited iPhones and iPods. Although the process is initially time consuming -- and maybe a bit confusing -- it's simply a matter of syncing an iPhone with a computer that is registered to use both iTunes accounts.

Rivera says the idea was born of frustration when he couldn't share iPhone apps with his wife because they have separate iTunes accounts -- or so he thought. Rivera claims the workaround allows a perfectly legal exchange of apps between two iPhones. He says it should work on Windows machines, although he hasn't tried it.

Rivera posted step-by-step instructions on his blog, showing how he successfully shared apps between two first-generation iPhones upgraded to version 2.0. Theoretically, the process should work just as easily with the iPhone 3G and iPod touch.






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  1. PatentBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Is there a better way?

    Maybe I'm missing something, but why not just go to ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications on the first computer and copy the applications to the second computer?

    As long as you log in with the correct iTunes account info into iTunes running on the second computer, you should be able to copy the applications to the additional iPhone.

  1. gr8tfly

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Just Authorize...

    Just authorize the other computer (up to 5 max). No need to login to same account. Exactly the same method as with music or other media.

  1. gr8tfly

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Just Authorize...

    Just authorize the other computer (up to 5 max). No need to login to same account. Exactly the same method as with music or other media.

    (the update mechanism, however, does seem to need a login - or, just replace the app on that machine from one that is logged in)

  1. petsounds

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    workaround = theft

    What makes this guy think the license allows him to install the software he bought on more than one iPhone?

  1. facebook_Erwan

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Nov 2010

    0

    Sharing iPhone apps about to get easier with Frenz

    Watch out for a new apps sharing platform coming out soon: Frenzapp

    Frenzapp focuses on a streamlined and simplified UI to help user quickly find and share relevant iPhone apps with their Facebook friends

    It should be out on the App Store later this month (http://www.frenzapp.com) but you can already watch the preview video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F0VBKqlcqg

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