Apple said in a support document on Monday that it will no longer allow iTunes customers to use their AOL screen names to sign into the iTunes Store.
“Starting March 31, 2015, AOL will no longer allow customers to use their AOL Username (also known as an AOL Screen Name) to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store,” Apple wrote on its support website.
“You must convert your AOL Username to an Apple ID in order to maintain access to the stores and to content you purchased previously.”
To me this feels like the end of an era. When I got my first iPod, I used my mom’s AOL user name and password to sign in to download the latest Linkin Park album.
Apple explains that it’s easy to convert your username to an Apple ID, simply by signing in and making a few changes through an automated prompt.