Question about using multiple iPods on the same PC

I've read the FAQs on this subject but I still have a couple of questions about multiple users with separate iPods using the same PC.
I want to use my family's desktop (A new Gateway with Vista, if it matters) for my new iPod Classic, but my father already has an iTunes account on there for his iPod. I know I can create a new user account on the PC and move iTunes to a shared folder so that we can share music, but will this second account be able to purchase music from the iTunes store or am I going to have to switch between Windows User accounts to make purchases and then move new songs into my separate iTunes account via the shared folder? Will it be its own separate iTunes account (separate user name, separate credit card used, etc.) or will it just be a second library that's dependant on the first?
I want to be able to have my own iTunes account, make my own purchases in it, and maybe occasionally share tv shows or something with my father.
If this can't be done, would I be better off just creating new playlists for our two iPods from the same library, or creating a second library on my Father's account?
Also, if I want to access things I've purchased from iTunes on this desktop in iTunes on my notebook, will I be able to?
I hope that made sense.
Sorry if these seem like silly questions. This will be my first iPod as I'm really excited about the 160gig and want to know if these things are possible.
Thanks in advance for any help

Hi, Wes.
Congratulations on your new iPod Classic and Welcome to the Apple Discussions.
For no particular reason, let's answer your last question first ...
... if I want to access things I've purchased from iTunes on this desktop in iTunes on my notebook, will I be able to?
The iTunes Store operates on a one download per purchase policy so you will have to copy the purchases from one computer to the other and make sure that you authorize the laptop to play the songs.
As to your first question ...
... will this second account be able to purchase music from the iTunes store or am I going to have to switch between Windows User accounts to make purchases ...
Whatever XP User Account you are logged in to doesn't really matter. What's important is which Apple Account you sign in to ... yours or your Dad's or - if you had my Apple ID and password - The Mimico Kid's for that matter. You can sign in to any Apple Account on any XP User Account. Or any computer for that matter.
Where the XP User Account comes into play is that it will determine where on your computer the purchases are downloaded. Files will be sent to the iTunes Music folder as specified in the iTunes Edit menu > Preferences > Advanced tab > General sub-tab. Default settings will have a different location for each User Account - C:\Documents and Settings\ user name \My Documents\My Music\iTunes - but if you've read this article in the Apple Knowledge Base, you will know you can change the location of the iTunes Music folder in each XP Account to a common location such as C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music\iTunes.
Post back if all this hasn't been as clear as mud and you need anything clarified.

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