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On the iPod Touch/iPhone since it is tied to your iTunes account, I am quite sure you can have your bought apps on multiple devices you own (can't test though iPod Touch was stolen).

However now I have the Motorola Droid, and am waiting for a tablet, and considering getting a Nook and rooting it to run my own apps.

Question is, if you buy an app on the marketplace, how is the security done:

  1. Is it tied to your Gmail account so you can share it between devices you own?
  2. Is it tied to the device? (Don't break/replace your phone!)
  3. As long as it's installed, you're OK? (If you uninstall, or wipe your device, it's gone).

I assume 3 is highly unlikely, though a possibility, so leaving it here as a potential answer to my question.

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On your phone open the Android Market app, press Menu, then select Help, then choose Troubleshooting (under Users), you should now see the "Retrieving previously purchased apps" headline. This says:

Your application purchases are tied to your Google Account and can be installed an unlimited number of times on any device.

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If you change devices, you can install previous purchases by making sure you sign into your device with the same Google Account you used on your previous phone.

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Not a technical answer, but in the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement '3.6 Reinstalls' it states that you can (no mention of different devices though).

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