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Do I need an itunes account to download apps onto an ipad ?

Also, what is the quickest way to download apps onto multiple ipads ? Do I need multiple accounts or can it be done with one account or synchronised in some way ?
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You do need iTunes.

If you share the same appleid you can tell your other ipads to download apps automatically from within the itunes settings.
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YES, You need an Apple ID account but not necessarily iTunes software on a PC or Mac.  You can use the AppStore on the iPad or iPhone to install software directly on the device without need for iTunes.

The quickest way to install the same app on multiple devices (assuming they are all physically in the same location) is to use iTunes software on a PC or Mac .. download the app and then sync with all the iPads via cable or WiFi.

It is possible to have multiple AppleIDs on each device .. however if you download different apps with different IDs you have to authenticate (enter email and password for the account that purchased the application) when you want to update those specific applications.

I've seen the situation where users can have their own personal AppleIDs .. and download their own apps directly to the device and then a central business AppleID for work apps .. and these Apps can only be updated/synced via cable or WiFi when in the office as the iTunes software as all the devices are linked to the iTunes software in the office.  In this way you do not have to give the users the password to the business AppleID account.
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As stated, yes you do need an iTunes/Apple ID.  Use one iTunes account and on the iPads go to:

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Scroll to the section labeled Automatic Downloads and make sure there is a green button next to all three (Music, Apps, Updates).
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I haven't used itunes to download apps to multiple ipads. I gather MDM is the way to go to do this.
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No, the method I just stated is the way to go, unless you're going to be doing it for something like a school or large company.  Then MDM can help out quite a bit, but if it's just for personal use then follow my instructions on each iPad.
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It's for a college
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How many iPads?  If you're dealing with 10+ then it might be worthwhile to invest in an MDM package.
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15 ipads, looking at maybe going via an MDM called Meraki to deploy. Not sure how it's done thought, but I think you can just download apps to each ipad via this.
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Although the answers given are feasible, I gather apple configurator is the best method for multiple ipads.
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Apple Configurator IS an MDM application. The acronym MDM simply means multiple device management.
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I was thinking of MDM as in mobile device management using tools like Cisco's Meraki
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