Ping, the music-themed social network that Apple launched with much fanfare on September 1 as part of iTunes 10, has had a rough time of it so far -- but for one week only, Michael Jackson has got their back with an exclusive single.
One of the rumors that had been bandied about before the Beatles announcement this morning for iTunes, was whether or not Apple and Facebook had perhaps struck a deal in regard to Ping. Well, we know now that wasn't the case, and given the Facebook CEO's comments, it would appear the two companies still need to sit down for talks a bit more.
Apple’s music-themed social network, Ping, has been something of a red-haired stepchild since its September 1 debut, but the feature is at least now available to iPad users at long last, no software update or app download required.
With the announcement of Ping integration with Twitter, Apple seems to be stepping more and more into the web arena with their products. So, it's no wonder that they would purchase the iTun.es domain name. But, what could it be used for? We hope an iTunes URL shortening service.
Yesterday, we reported that Apple and Twitter had entered into a partnership whereby Ping users could have their likes, follows, and purchases tweeted using their Twitter account, and users on the social micro-blogging service would be able to listen to song previews right from the Twitter web interface. But, why did Apple not choose Facebook over Twitter? After all, there are many more Facebook users than Twitter.
While Facebook and Apple are still working things out over the Ping social music service, Twitter has decided to hook up with Apple, allowing users of the 140-character microblogging service to spread the joy of music they purchase in iTunes. This partnership means there are a few new things for users of both services.
Poor Ping: Despite sharing the same name as a Flash Gordon supervillain (well, there's the slight difference of one letter), Apple’s music-themed social network has become something like a tech version of Rodney Dangerfield in the respect department. But Cupertino is working hard to change all that.
It’s now been a full month since Apple launched iTunes 10 with the Ping social networking service, and there’s still no sign of Facebook coming back. But at least one Facebook executive seems confident that a deal is yet to come with Cupertino after all.
Apple issued a rare weekend update to iTunes, and if you happen to be one of the few, the proud who actually use Ping, you’ll want to pay attention: They just made the social networking service much, much better.