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Apple unveils Ping social music network

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
News Categories: Apple

Apple today introduced a new social music network today, Ping. Integrated with iTunes 10, the Ping social network provides a Twitter-like social media network all about music where users can share their favorite songs, what they are listening to, commentary, album & song reviews, and view over 17,000 concert listings. Ping will provide a customized social chart to show what users are listening to and their favorite albums and artists as well as comments and reviews by other users. Privacy controls allow users to choose to share their information openly on the Ping network or choose to share their content only with smaller circles of friends. Ping is also being introduced to the iPhone and iPod touch and will be integrated into the iTunes Store application on these devices.

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I feel like Apple is unnecessarily reinventing the wheel with this one. Why did they have to create an all-new social network? (Albeit a music-focused one.) Wouldn’t in-iTunes integration with Facebook et al. have made more sense?

Posted by Farnsworth on September 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM (PDT)

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Because Ping is all about promoting the iTunes Store to get everyone to buy more music

Posted by Simon on September 1, 2010 at 4:54 PM (PDT)

3

I wonder just how “all new” this ‘Ping’ service really is.  Remember that Apple bought out Lala.com last year and shut the thing down at the end of this past May.  Bummer that I had some 10,000 tracks uploaded on that service which are now all gone.  I am willing to bet what used to be LaLa.com is now this new “Ping” thing.

Posted by SkiBumMSP on September 1, 2010 at 8:32 PM (PDT)

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