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    For the longest time, Apple has allowed its users to log into its digital content stores and sign into its services with their AOL usernames and passwords, but not for long.

    Apple is set to begin doing away with this ability, forcing all users currently taking advantage of signing in with their AOL usernames and passwords to make their own Apple ID to start using for all Apple's services that they're using. Apple is set to make this change by March 31st, as a recent Apple Support document on Apple's Web site points out.

    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.

    You must convert your AOL Username to an Apple ID in order to maintain access to the stores and to content you purchased previously.
    Apple notes that making an Apple ID is necessary not only for signing into the digital content stores, but also for maintaining all of the purchases and downloads that are associated with the account. If the user does not convert to an Apple ID, their content could be lost.

    To convert your AOL Username to an Apple ID, sign in to iTunes on a Mac or PC with your AOL Username. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

    Your new Apple ID will maintain your access to the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store, as well as all of the content you bought using your AOL Username. You can also use your Apple ID with iCloud and other Apple services.
    Apple also says that there will be a set of on-screen instructions that will alert the user of an AOL login of the need to create an Apple ID, and that it will be relatively straightforward to convert over to an Apple ID. Once converted, the user can start using their newly-created Apple ID to sign into Apple's digital content stores and maintain their purchases and downloads.

    Sources: Apple
    2015-02-23 08:34 PM