Many of us have had AOL accounts throughout the years, but if you’re still using your AOL account to log into iTunes, you’re soon to be S-O-L: Apple has just announced that customers who use an AOL username to sign-in to iTunes will need to convert to an Apple ID before March 31st.
Apple’s partnership with AOL began way back in the dark ages of 2003. Since then, anyone who wants to buy something from iTunes, the App Store, or the iBookstore could use their AOL account name, instead of setting up a separate Apple ID.
All good(?) things must come to an end though. In an updated support ticket issued today, Apple said that customers who use an AOL Username to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore must convert to an Apple ID before March 31, 2015.
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 iBookstore. 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 convert your AOL username to an Apple ID, sign in to iTunes on a Mac or PC, then follow the on-screen instructions. All your existing settings and purchases will be migrated.