“When you sign up for an Apple ID you agree to the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. It doesn’t mention what happens in the event of a death, but it does feature the following statement:
'You may not rent, lease, lend, sell, transfer distribute, or sublicense the Licensed Application and, if you sell your Mac Computer or iOS Device to a third party, you must remove the Licensed Application from the Mac Computer or iOS Device before doing so.'
This suggests that when you die, your iTunes content goes with you. But this isn’t particularly the case. The content remains locked to that account and there is no way that you can pass it on to another person. […]
When you create a will it is becoming increasingly important to include your digital accounts details. We’d suggest including your Apple ID and Password into a will. This makes it far easier for relatives to access an account. And at a time that will be clearly upsetting for them, it is a small touch that will help.”
“Many young people today mistakenly think they are almost immortal, with the possibility of death something in the far distant future. An automobile accident can change that in a blink of an eye. If your Internet web site generates income or has the potential to do so, it is an asset and just like any other asset you have to consider what will happen to it you disappear from the scene.
The first decision you will have to make is whether or not you want to keep the web site up and running after you are gone. Even if you decide it should be shut down, there are things you need to prepare for. […]
Perhaps the most important issue is password information. For this you want to make sure you have someone you can trust. There is an Internet web site called Dead Man’s Switch that automates this process for you if you have no one to handle it. What happens is the system starts kicking into action when you begin failing to reply to emails. You store your contact information on the site – which has adequate security – and it begins the process of notifying whomever you want notified.”