In the physical world of discs we have been used to being able to borrow and give away movies, games and music to people close to us. In the digital age this has been much more difficult – until now. With iOS8 Apple introduces Family Sharing.
Like you could with physical media
At Apple’s annual WWDC they introduced iOS8 and OS X Yosemite with several new features. One of the new features is Family Sharing that let families share purchased movies, TV shows, music, books and apps between devices and accounts. Apple takes the first step out of a digital media age that has been limited in many ways.
It is also possible to share your own photos, calendar notes, and home videos, but that fact is secondary to the fact that you can share purchased media files that have often been subject to “rights” and confusing limitations.
You can share content with up to six people. Everyone involved can use their own respective Apple ID, but there has to be a single credit card attached to the Family Sharing app. Kids are also prevented from going on crazy shopping sprees as parents can decide to enable authentication of all purchases such as movies, music and games on their children's devices.
Apple says that certain movies and TV shows are excluded from Family Sharing, but no specifics information has been provided. No Family Sharing app for Apple TV has been announced either.
We hope that other companies will follow in Apple’s footsteps and let users share purchased media content with their inner circle. Apple also introduced several other new features in iOS8. Learn more about iOS8 at www.apple.com.