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Old 02-04-2010, 10:39 AM
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Changing country in Store and updating apps?

Hi,

I have a question regarding apps and switching countries. All my music is now DRM-free so I'm not fussed about that, I know it will play regardless.

My scenario is this:

Let's take an app purchase. I am logged into my one iTunes account, with my country set to Switzerland and using my Swiss credit card.

1. I buy the app. All is well. When an update is released I can download it no problem, free as usual.
2. I move back to the UK. As you might think, you have a new UK address and a new UK credit card, so you change country to UK in your account settings.

Do the apps that I originally purchased while living in Switzerland update without any issues now I have changed country to the UK? Or are they subject to the same ridiculous geographical restrictions and will Apple force me to re-purchase these apps in order to get updated versions?

Just to be clear this is not about having multiple accounts for different countries. It is regarding changing country in your existing one iTunes account.

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Interesting question. I'd think this is the kind of answer you'd want to get straight from the horse's mouth though.



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Old 02-04-2010, 03:04 PM
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I will ask Apple directly, and I've cross-posted in Discussions.

But...

In my experience the people in forums like this are normally much better at answering these kind of questions than support peeps.

Thanks for replying.

I have found a few posts suggesting that you either have to re-download every single app after switching so they are the "local" versions and trigger updates, or switch back to the original country to download updates (which would necessitate presumably re-inputting the old address and payment method).

Neither really an acceptable way of treating this kind of situation.
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