We’ve been hearing murmurings that Apple was considering giving users a way to merge two separate Apple ID for a month or so now, but it appears that any hopes of those coming dreams coming to fruition have just been dashed to pieces.

With Apple launching iCloud to the public over the last few days, many had been wondering if the rumors were true, and if Apple was going to offer a way for users to consolidate multiple Apple IDs into one “super” account. This would have been perfect for households who want just one iTunes bill, one master account, but multiple IDs associated with it.

Alas, Apple now says that’s not going to happen…

Keen for answers, one plucky MacRumors reader decided to email new Apple CEO Tim Cook, and what they received was simply a link to an article on Apple’s web site, offering help with managing multiple Apple IDs.

Unfortunately, merging multiple IDs is not one of the options at hand, and the article even goes so far as to mention merging is not something they support. Clearly, they’ve had more than one person suggest merging accounts as a possible solution to a problem we’re all fighting with.

“Can I merge multiple Apple IDs into one?
You cannot merge two or more Apple IDs into a single one. You can, however, use one Apple ID for iCloud services and another Apple ID for store purchases (including iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match). See “Using one Apple ID for iCloud and a different Apple ID for Store Purchases” above for details.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Apple won’t revisit the situation in the future, and we can only hope that future isn’t too distant.

With iCloud and its associated servers barely functioning after the last two days-worth of updates though, we suspect they’be got more important things to work on right now.

  • Fjghg

    …we suspect they’be got…
    **they’ve

    I hope they do allow merging in the future. That would be great! 🙂

  • Dylan

    I know a lot of people who would like account merging…

    • Eddie

      Yea I don’t understand why you would want to merge. An iPhone/pad/pod is a personal device. Why would you want to share an use other peoples stuff.

      I actually like that Apple makes it easy for you to keep things seperate

      • JMarq

        You couldn’t be more wrong in the case of the iPad. It’s a very popular device. In my personal situation my kids have laid claim to the first two I have purchased. When I finally get my own it would be nice to be able to manage the families purchases under one master account.

        Not every family can or even wants to purchase multiple iPads. I cases were they are shared, I think multiple profiles or merging of accounts is not an unreasonable request.

      • Dylan

        Mostly for families

  • Oh man! What a let down! I was expecting apple to allow to merge! hmm..maybe next time then!

  • FYi

    @JMarq, You can manage up too 5 devices with 1 ID. In the case of allowing your children to use your ID but limit their purchasing ability, you can restrict their devices from making certain or all purchases. The purchases will then only happen if you put a 4 digit passcode. Or you can make them seperate ID’s and choose to not associate a credit card with those accounts.

  • morgan

    Not sure how it happened, but I have two accounts. It really didn’t make much difference until iCloud came along. With iCloud I have to consistently log out of one account and into the other to get all of the ‘stuff’ both of my accounts contain – and is in both of my iDevices