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.
By now we’ve all heard about the drama between Apple and Facebook over the introduction of Ping back on September 1. Apparently the drama doesn’t end there, as a new report sheds some light on Cupertino effectively leaving the record labels out in the cold prior to the launch of iTunes 10.
While Apple’s new Ping social networking service for iTunes 10 was launched with great fanfare three weeks ago, users were discouraged to find that Facebook integration was not part of the mix -- and still isn’t today. But if you think waiting a few more weeks might help, think again.
Now that we've had some time to shake off Steve Jobs' RDF, we discuss the latest wares announced last week at the Apple event. We also bust out the score card and see which staff member had the highest numbers of correct predictions about the event.
Then Nic gets all teary eyed for the iPod classic.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions.
Sometimes after a long weekend or extended vacation, it can be next to impossible to get back into a productive state of mind without a bit of prodding. As we slowly push our brains uphill on this post-Labor Day Tuesday, it's comforting to know that at least one person out there is willing to do a bit of thinking for us. Let's give a collective "thank you" to software engineer and former Apple employee Matt Drance for providing us some substantial food for thought. In turning your direction to Drance's blog, AppleOutsider, you'll find a well stated argument for why Ping--already a hot button topic in the Apple community--could very well end up being one of Apple's most popular and influential products.
If you've been using iTunes' new social networking service, Ping, you may or may not have noticed the volumes of spam infiltrating its walls. It's much of the same stuff you see on Facebook--links to free iPads, iPods, and iPhones, fake accounts, and even people posing as Steve Jobs.
Well, according to iPodNN, Apple has managed to expunge the service of most of this unwanted material. And, to top it off, they've added back and forward buttons to make navigating the service a little easier. Users no longer have to use the iTunes Store's menu to navigate Ping.
They may not be bosom buddies at the moment, but Facebook and Ping are together in feeling the pain of spam -- in this case, the kind that touts supposedly “free” iPhones, as if there could ever be such a thing.
The new iTunes is out. While it's, let's just say different looking, we took a good hard look at the latest update to the hardest working app on our Macs and came up with some tips, tricks and features you might find helpful. From Ping to Album Art List View, we check out the good, the bad and the gray.
September has arrived, and that means iTunes 10 has landed as well, complete with a swanky new icon, a streamlined (and mostly colorless) new look and a new social networking feature called Ping. But what exactly is Ping, and does it live up to all of Apple’s hype?
It appears the mystery as to why Facebook Connect was available, and then not available, has a little something to do with blocked API access. According to sources at All Things D, Facebook denied Apple's Ping access to the application programming interface that would allow users to search for their friends, which left them with only a few friends willing to respond to their emailed Ping requests. Normally, this kind of API access is open and doesn't require any kind of permission, but when it's being accessed numerous times at a very rapid rate (like, say, 160 million at a time), it's natural for Facebook to put a screeching halt to the requests and focus on protecting their users data.